Tag-A-Long Desert Expeditions (21-10-16)

Having received a number of requests to join me on one of my expedition trips in the Liwa area I am pleased to announce an itinerary for my first one.


Event #001 – date Friday 21st October 2016
  • Start Point: Abu Dhabi to Himeem Road (approx 35 minutes from Mafraq Interchange)
  • Briefing Time: 1345 hrs
  • Move off Time: 1415hrs

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.

Price Includes

  • 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
  • Marina is also an accredited Abu Dhabi Tour Guide who specialises in heritage, culture and nature
  • Small trip – maximum 7 guest cars
  • Loan of flag and walkie talkie if required
  • Overnight camping (equipment available for hire if you do not have your own)
  • BBQ dinner with soft drinks (hummus, moutable, bread, camel burger, chicken and vegetable kebabs)
  • Campfire
  • Starry Sky (subject to weather conditions)!
  • Breakfast (scrambled eggs, bread, tea, coffee, fruit juice)
  • Further desert drive in the morning (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)
  • Returning to road, approx 40-50kms from start point, by 1145hrs


  • One car with driver – 700aed
  • Passengers – 250aed each
  • 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 – 7

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 contact them using the link below. (If no reply please email me at marina at desertdivaevents dot com)

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UAE: Desert Driving and Camping Journeys with sand under my tyres!

*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!

  1. I’m moving to Abu Dhabi in January. Can’t wait to join one of these trips next year!

    • Marina Bruce says:

      Hi Mike
      Good luck with the move! Looking forward to leading you through the desert next year. All the best, Marina

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