This is a 2 day/1 night self-drive & camping trip starts around 1 hours from the Mafraq Junction in Abu Dhabi and finishes around 2 hours from there – 4×4 essential (see here for suggested vehicles).
This itinerary is ideal for those looking for a relatively long but leisurely paced drive with plenty of stops for photographs – it would also be good for families. The dunes in this area are vary from small right through to huge and it’s not unusual to see gazelle, lizards, and of course, camels!
The route has been developed, tried and tested by Marina and takes in around 80kms of easy offroad driving through the most beautiful of dunes. The area is very remote and once we enter the desert it is unlikely we will meet many people until we return to the road just over 24 hours later.
It’s a great chance to disconnect from the modern world while appreciating the stark beauty of the Abu Dhabi Desert and at the same time learn of the hardships of travelling over the desert before the advent of 4x4s and mobile phones!
Saturday 5th March 2022
- 1330 hrs meet at a petrol station on the Hameem Road– co-ordinates will be sent out to registered guests a few days before
- Fill up then come say hello
- 13hrs move off
- Easy offroad drive
- 1730hrs find a great campspot and set up camp
- 1900hrs bbq, campfire
Sunday 6th March 2022
- 0800hrs light breakfast
- 0900hrs strike camp and continue on our overland journey southwards
- 1200hrs approx return to road – around 30kms south of our entry point
- nearest petrol station: Hameem
- nearest roadside cafe: Al Anas (great food for around 15aed per head)
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. Please note that we need you to take blankets/sleeping bag and a pillow; we do not have room to carry these and no longer hire them out.
- Driver 950aed
- Passengers 450aed each
- 350aed each
- complimentary when accompanied by 2 adults
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.
Registration form here
The trip list will be closed once we have 8 guest cars
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.
Suggested reading – Wilfred Thesiger, Arabian Sands