Event #002 – date Friday 4th November 2016
Start Point: Al Ain South (approx 90 minutes from Abu Dhabi/Dubai)
- Briefing Time: 1445 hrs
- Move off Time: 1500hrs
Finish Point: ADNOC #660 Abu-Dhabi to Himeem Road (approx 1 hour from AD, 2 hours from Dubai and 2.5 hours from Al Ain)
- Finish time: approx 1430 hrs
Suitable cars: Dodge Ram (lifted), Ford F150 (lifted), Ford Raptor, GMC Silverado (Lifted), Isuzu Trooper (lifted), Jeep Wrangler, Mitsubishi Pajero, Nissan Patrol, Nissan Pathfinder pre-2005, Nissan Xterra, , Toyota FJ Cruiser, Toyota LandCruiser, Toyota Landcruiser Prado, Toyota Tundra (lifted) – if your car is not on this list please enquire.
- Expedition style drive – taking smooth lines over moderate terrain in the Eastern Part of the Liwa area (read more about expedition style driving at foot of page*)
- Your convoy will be led by highly experienced and professional offroad driver
- We will drive through an area where there is a high likelihood of encountering wildlife – this might be a great trip to disconnect your kids from technology!
- Marina is also an accredited Abu Dhabi Tour Guide who specialises in heritage, culture and nature
- Small trip – maximum 8 guest cars
- Loan of flag and walkie talkie if required
- Overnight camping (equipment available for hire if you do not have your own – quality Coleman tents 100aed per night, bed & bedding 50aed per person per night)
- BBQ dinner with soft drinks (hummus, moutable, bread, camel burger, chicken and vegetable kebabs)
- Starry Sky (subject to weather conditions)!
- Breakfast (scrambled eggs, bread, tea, coffee, fruit juice)
- Packed snack lunch for Saturday
- Leaving camp around 9am (subject to weather conditions – there is a chance of fog in the morning and we will wait til it clears til we move from camp)
- Further offroad driving until around 1400hrs
- One car with driver – 725aed
- Passengers – 275aed each
- Children aged 7-12 – 125aed each
- Children 6 and under FOC
- Trip subject to minimum 3 cars signing up
- If more than 4 guest cars then second support car will accompany the group
- Maximum number of guest cars – 8
To Sign Up
- Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information
- Car year/make/model/colour
- How many passengers? (Please note the number of passengers must not exceed the number of seats/seatbelts in your vehicle. Young children must be seated (and belted) into seats appropriate for their age.)
- Have you driven offroad before and if so, what type of terrain?
- Do you need us to lend you an offroad flag and/or a walkie talkie?
- Do you have any special dietary requirements?
- Is this your first time camping in the desert?
If you do not have your own car, can we suggest you hire a brand new, lifted Nissan Patrol Safari, which comes complete with quality ARB rooftent and camping kit from our partners at Overland Rent-A-Car in Al Ain? Unlike many hire companies their cars are insured for offroad use – you can read all about them on their facebook page here. Please tell them that I sent you and that you are signing up for one of my expedition trips!
*So what is expedition/overland driving?
- Overlanding has a clear aim
- Ours is to explore the beautiful, varied sands of the Eastern part of the Liwa North area.
- Expedition driving is not about showing off to see who can climb the highest on a dune, or drive the fastest over the sabkah
- Adrenaline junkies might not like this style of trip
- Overlanding is about appreciating the topography and nature of the area
- The Empty Quarter is not quite as empty as you may expect; there are quite a few birds, insects and lizards
- We aim to minimise the environmental impact of the trip by making one track, avoiding damaging plants and not scaring the wildlife!
- Expedition driving takes a relatively easy line to ensure all cars return to the blacktop at the end of the trip in good condition.
- Overland driving may not plough through the most challenging terrain but this is no weekly drive to the supermarket!
- Expedition driving inevitably covers cars in dust and sand!
- After visiting the largest sand dune desert in the world you can expect to take home a few kgs of sand in your car and your shoes too!
Looking forward to seeing you in the desert!