Rub Al Khali and Umm As Sameem: Photo Diary Season 2016-17

One of Marina and Neil’s favourite offroad destinations is the Rub Al Khali in Oman.  Kilometre after kilometre of stunning red dunes rising up to 120 metres from a base of white sabkah.  Beautiful curved lines of sand, sculpted by multi-directional winds to give a starfish effect.

For 2017-18 we have trips scheduled on 5th-7th October26th-28th October – 16th-18th November (will change this to a link when I list it next week!).

We start our RAKUAS itinerary with an overnight stay at the Ibri Oasis Hotel, followed by an early breakfast and safety briefing.  By 7.30am we should be loaded up and ready to hit the road – destination Empty Quarter!

Our first waypoint is THE sign!

We head southwards across the Umm As Sameem, a massive salt flat the size of Chicago, with a population of zero!  In February two of our friends used their fatbikes to cross the 100kms of sabkah and track!

The most exciting part of the morning though, is when the huge red dunes of the Rub Al Khali come in to view

After a quick lunch we go for a 40-50km dune drive between, and sometimes over, the huge massifs of sand dotted around the sabkah

We set up a basecamp with majlis, campfire and bbq area as well as an all important camping loo!

On our November – February trips, due to the cooler weather, we can offer hiking and fatbike activities.  The dunes around our temporary camp are great for walking and cycling!

To book your place on one of our 2017-18 trips, click here then choose your trip.  You will find full details including itinerary, prices, driving advice and an all important booking form.  Payment can be by bank transfer or credit card!  Looking forward to leading you into the Rub Al Khali this autumn/winter!  Any questions?  Please email marina@desertdivaevents.com or call +968 9816 3768

 

Huge thanks to Sarah Brooks, Irina MF, Miriam De Wolff for allowing us to use their fab photos!

 

 

 

 

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