Writing for magazines is not going to make me rich but sometimes an opportunity comes along which sweetens the task somewhat. A couple of months ago I was offered the chance to test drive the 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser Xtreme for Outdoor UAE – the magazine is available today from all the usual outlets and also online – and I jumped at the chance to take it for a spin in my beloved Liwa. Here’s the first few lines to whet your appetite.
Taking it to Liwa was a tiring option – we left Al Ain at 6.15am and returned at 11.45pm, after an incredible 778kms which included over 200 0ffroad! The extra large petrol tank on the FJ cruiser was great – I filled up at White Sands ADNOC and almost 600kms later I still had over quarter of a tank left.
The “Black and White team” comprised my fellow Eurosport Drivers from the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge – Mark and Renaud and also Renaud’s wife Siyun and my friend Aisha as passengers. Maybe it was the coffee and a couple of hours promised in the Qasr Al Sarab hotel which persuaded them; indeed after 10 hours on the road/sand it was wonderful to arrive at this veritable oasis of luxury in the Empty Quarter.
Our route took us from near the White Sands restaurant southwards towards the Qasr; it’s a relatively easy and smooth route through a variety of terrain and you are almost guaranteed to see gazelle and oryx hereabouts. It was a great testing ground for the FJ Xtreme which made light work of steep climbs and long slipfaces as well as being a blast to drive on the fast sections.
So, what are you waiting for? Why not
buy the magazine – you wouldn’t believe how many outdoor activities are happening in and around the UAE; OutdoorUAE have some top people writing about sports as diverse as rock climbing to stand up paddling. You can even read the rest of my article.
Head to Liwa for a coffee at the best 5* hotel in the desert – the Qasr Al Sarab.
Tell them I sent you!