The Other Side of Nowhere -February 19th/20th 2022 (also 12th/13th March)

Our longest weekend sand dune driving route, smooth easy lines, gorgeous dunes, extremely remote.  Choose either one or two night’s camping with two days dune driving.

The area

This is the last relatively unspoiled large expanse of desert in the UAE.  Lying between the Ghayathi-Arada Road (E15) and the Saudi border, it covers approx. 12000 square kilometres of desert, with very few restricted areas.  Our route will be easy with a few tricky bits here and there and will take us through beautiful dunes with little or no tracks or garbage!  The route is suitable for new drivers and tuition will be given where and when required.  This route was originally developed by Marina to published in Mike Nott’s Guidebook – Advanced Off-Road Adventure Routes UAE and Oman – but she has adjusted it over the years so it is now longer, and finishes with a fast paced drive along an easy path through some huge dunes..

(Optional) Friday 18th February 2022

Travel to start point (arrive any time between 3pm and 8pm), camp.  For guests signing up for the Saturday/Sunday camping, there is no  charge for this.  Note: food is not provided for Friday night/Saturday morning but if you arrive after dark then a large camp fire will await you!

Saturday 19th February 2022

After breakfast (tea and coffee supplied), campers will pack up and be ready to hit the sand at 0900hours

Those who have not camped should meet us at the start point at 0900hrs, 66kms south of Ghayathi and 2hrs 27 minutes’ drive from the Mafraq Junction on the E11 on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi.

The route is approx. 210kms offroad on pure sand, no gatch tracks or gravel plains here, we hope to do around 130kms before we stop to camp

  • Picnic lunch provided
  • Camp in a very dark sky, some 70kms from the nearest road!
  • Campfire and hearty BBQ with lots of variety (vegetarians and gluten free catered for too)
Sunday 20th February 2022

Light breakfast and drive back to road, aiming to finish at the same point we entered the desert around lunchtime

Event Fees

Note Thursday night camping is FOC
  • Driver 950aed
  • Adult passengers 550aed each
  • Children aged 6-11 years 340aed each
  • Camping gear (tent, air mattress, chairs) available for hire at 75aed per person

Register here

Reserve your place with a 30% deposit, payable by bank transfer

Balance due 14 days before start of trip

Maximum number of convoy spaces – 8 guest cars

The above photo was submitted by a team from the Dark Skies Challenge. This annual event was held in the same area on the last weekend of February each year between 2014-2018.

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