Madinat Zayed Desert Highlights – 29/30 March 2019

This is a 2 day/1 night self-drive & camping trip starting around 2 hours from the Mafraq Junction in Abu Dhabi and finishing at the same place.  4×4 essential (see here for suggested vehicles).

Our ultimate destination is the tanker, and on the way we will cross the Tropic of Cancer, make a wish in a 21st century wishing well, stand atop some massive aquifers as well as finding out what the “fake palaces” really are.  Smooth easy driving over large dunes through the most magnificent of landscapes!

The drive out is approx 45kms over a relatively easy route, with a few tricky bits here and there (note, we will offer coaching to new drivers).


Friday 29th March 2019
  • 1030 hrs meet at a petrol station in Madinat Zayed City, Al Dhafra Region – co-ordinates will be sent out to registered guests a few days before
  • Fill up then come say hello
  • 1100hrs move off
  • Late-afternoon – make camp
  • evening – bbq


Saturday 30th March 2019
  • 0700hrs light breakfast
  • 0830hrs strike camp
  • Visit a very remote date plantation
  • Return to road around 1100hrs

We will be setting up camp in a remote area with no facilities – we can hire you camping equipment though you may also take your own. Camping/packing list available here.  Please note that we need you to take blankets/sleeping bag and a pillow.


We will provide water to drink, and fruit/chips to snack on throughout the trip.

Our BBQ will comprise steak, chicken, kofta,vegetables with a few halloween themed sides

Breakfast will be juice, tea/coffee, fruit, breakfast bars and oats.


Adults – based on 2 persons in car  (if only driver in car then add 250aed single supplement)

  • Using own camping gear – 680aed per person


Aged 4-11

  • Using parent’s camping gear – 340 aed per child

Aged 0-3

  • complimentary
How do I sign up?

Please read through the itinerary and check it will suit your family.  Please also click on the links to see the requirements for your vehicle and the suggested packing list.

Download registration form here  or from here

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Complete and return to

To confirm your booking we will request a 25% deposit

The trip list will be closed once we have 10 guest cars

Balance is due on or before 15th March 2019

Payments may be made by bank transfer.


Timings, apart from initial meeting time, are approximate.

It will be foggy season in the area and our departure from camp on the Saturday may be delayed until the fog clears and there is a minimum 500metres visibility.

All children should be strapped into age-appropriate safety/booster seats, whenever your car is moving.

Still not sure?

Check out a short video about our trips by clicking the link below

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Cancellation policy here.

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