Marina Grace Bruce is British, from the North of Scotland, a wife, mother and blogger.
Joining her husband Neil, Marina moved to Al Ain in 2009 from Scotland’s oil capital, Aberdeen and wasted no time exploring her new country.
Since the Bruce’s purchased their first off road vehicle, Marina has steadily become more adventurous, experienced and highly respected in the desert off-road scene. This is partly due to Marina continuing with her desert travels during Neil’s job rotation on Das Island. Together however, they have clocked up over 100,000kms off road driving in the deserts of Al Ain, Liwa, Wahiba and also crossed the Umm As Sameem (Mother of All Worries) in their many travels to Oman, Southern Oman and Salalah.
Marina has been a marshal in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge in 2011-2013, accompanied film crews and journalists, and led countless expeditions and camping trips, long and short, and generally encouraging new desert adventurers.
In 2011 Marina founded this blog – The Desert Diva: Living life to the Full in the Empty Quarter – which now attracts over 5000 visitors a month.
In 2012 Marina co founded Oasis Offroad, an Al Ain based offroad club for novice and intermediate desert adventurers.
Marina is now acknowledged as one of the leading expat desert explorers in the UAE.
Marina is available for public speaking on Adventure Driving in the Emirates and Oman and can be contacted via the email below.
If you enjoy this blog please “like” her facebook page . As well as blog updates, additional content and photographs will be uploaded regularly.
If you would like to ask her questions about the places she has visited please contact her via email or send a message via the facebook page.
Follow her on twitter #FullEmptyQuartr
And lastly, if you would like to drive out on the sand with her, please join Oasis Offroad – who also have their own facebook page!