LIWA OVERNIGHT CAMPING DESERT DRIVE, Saturday & Sunday 15th & 16th of October ‘2022

TIME SCHEDULE
Meeting time: 09:30am on Saturday, the 15th of October ‘2022
Drive starts: 10:00am on Saturday, the 15th of October ‘2022
Drive end: 05:00pm on Sunday, the 16th of October ‘2022

LIWA OVERNIGHT CAMPING DESERT DRIVE, Saturday & Sunday 15th & 16th of October ‘2022

THIS IS A MEMBER’S ONLY EVENT AND IS RESTRICTED TO DUBAI OFFROADERS MEMBERS ONLY.

THE BOOKINGS FOR THE EVENT CLOSE AT 12AM, MIDNIGHT, ON FRIDAY THE 14TH OF OCTOBER, ONE DAY PRIOR TO THE DAY OF THE EVENT.

A WHATSAPP GROUP WILL BE CREATED AFTER THE CLOSURE OF THE BOOKINGS AND THE RELEVANT INFORMATION WILL BE DIRECTLY CONVEYED TO THE CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS.

The weather has turned kind again, allowing us to plan longer drives and camping trips.
The best way to welcome the onset of the off Roading season will be obviously with a visit to that mother of all deserts the Rub Al Khaali…meaning The Empty Quarter…in plain English!!!

 

The Rub’ al Khali (Arabic: الربع الخالي‎) or Empty Quarter is one of the largest sand deserts in the world, encompassing most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula, including southern Saudi Arabia, and areas of Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The desert covers some 650,000 square kilometres , Liwa Oasis is about 100 km south of the Arabian Gulf coast and 150 km SSW of the city of Abu Dhabi, on the northern edge of Rub’ al Khali desert and stretches about 100 km east-west, along an arch curved to the north.

The geographic and economic center of the oasis is Mizair’a, where the highway from Abu Dhabi enters the oasis and then divides to the east (65 km to the easternmost village, Mahdar Bin `Usayyan) and west (45 km to the westernmost village, `Aradah).

The villages of Liwa Oasis are the southernmost settlements of Abu Dhabi and of the United Arab Emirates. The southern border of Abu Dhabi with Saudi Arabia, which runs at a distance between 16 and 35 km to the Oasis, is a straight line in the Rub al Khali desert, which is uninhabited.

Itinerary
Day and date: Saturday & Sunday 15th & 16th of October ‘2022
Drive Type: Due to the difficulty of the terrain this drive is restricted to Drivers who have had experience of driving in the desert.
Families are especially encouraged to join as it will be a nice, picturesque adventure.

Meeting Point:
a. Will be shared, with confirmed participants only, 2-3 days, prior to the event.
b. The Drive to the meeting point is almost 4 hours away from downtown Dubai, so an overnight stay at a nearby hotel is highly encouraged.
The more adventurous amongst us could even camp overnight near the meeting point.
c. There are multiple accommodation options available from a basic Camp to Hotel accommodation, nearer to the meeting point.
d. Hotel bookings can be coordinated if required by Dubai Offroaders.
d. There will be two meeting points, one at the Nearest ADNOC station and the Final meeting point, just prior to the entrance of the desert.

Meeting Time
Meeting Time at the Final Meeting point: 9:30 am
Drive Starts at: 10.00 am on 15th of October ‘2022.
Drive ends at: 5:00 pm on 16th of October ‘2022.
Departure: The exit point from the desert is at an ADNOC Station and the drive to downtown Dubai is approx. 3 hours from this station.

Drive Terrain:
Beautiful Picturesque Terrain of Rub Al Khali.

Duration:
We will assemble at the meeting point which is the entrance point to the desert.
We will then drive in a convoy till sunset, when we will camp & make merry till late, we will then break camp & depart in the morning for another day in the sands.
and upon completion of the desert section, we will inflate the tyres & head back home to arrive in Dubai / Sharjah by late evening.

Checklist
a) Ensure your 4 x 4 vehicle is in perfect condition and with enough fuel.
b) Compatible Radio.
c) Carry all necessary offroad gears, in good condition.
d) Carry enough Food/ water / refreshments / re-hydration drinks for self & co-passenger(s).

Please read the following and register for the drive: –

a. https://dubaioffroaders.com/web/4×4-offroad-checklist/

b. https://dubaioffroaders.com/web/forums/topic/25-tips-for-an-enhanced-offroad-driving-experience/

c. https://dubaioffroaders.com/web/forums/topic/do-radio-communication-guide/

d. https://dubaioffroaders.com/web/forums/topic/driving-in-a-convoy-roles-and-rules/

e. https://dubaioffroaders.com/web/forums/topic/trip-rules-for-dubai-offroaders-drives/

f. https://dubaioffroaders.com/web/disclaimer/

Important
This is a family Outing & all confirmed eligible Dubai Offroaders members are welcome to Join.
Please register your intent to participate in the drive here.
Please make sure that your vehicle is fully prepared for an expedition type drive with complete recovery kit etc. and that it is fully serviceable with recovery points front & aft.
We will be camping overnight in the desert & while the day will be hot & sunny, the night temperature is expected to be chilly, so please be prepared with complete camping & warm gear as well as sufficient food & drinks for the full day’s drive as we WILL NOT encounter any place to replenish supplies on the way once we enter the desert.
The total off Road drive section on the two-day drive is expected to be about 120kms. + and WE WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO ANY PROVISIONS OR FUEL, once we enter the sands.
All cars with a single tank will need to carry at least forty liters of fuel, MOUNTED SECURELY ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE VEHICLE, to be able to refuel in the sands.
You may also carry BBQ Equipment & food if you want to cook the food at the evening camp.
Please carry at least two bundles of wood per Car for the Overnight Camp bonfire.
This will be an excellent opportunity for photography enthusiasts to take some unbelievably beautiful natural sandscapes…so keep your cameras ready…too!!!!

PLEASE CONTACT BY WHATSAPP, IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO SEE THE ATTEND BUTTON OR NOT ABLE TO REGISTER FOR THE DRIVE.

IMPORTANT:
a. The Driver of the vehicle must have a Valid UAE Driving License and the vehicle, Driver and passengers must be covered by an appropriate insurance cover.
b. The Driver and all passengers of the vehicle should have read and be aware of the disclaimer of Dubai Offroaders, that they indemnify all the officials and Marshals of Dubai Offroaders and that they themselves bear full responsibility for any risk of property damage, bodily injury or death while participating in this Adventure sport.
c. This drive is not recommended for children under the age of 3 years.
d. Any child on the drive must be secured in an age-appropriate car seat, or bolster seat.
e. Seat belts must always be worn by the Driver and all/ any passengers.

COVID-19 PREVENTION MEASURES
A. All our events are meant only for those members who are fully vaccinated for Covid 19. Therefore, please join only if you are fully vaccinated and this status is reflected on the Al Hosn app on your phone. Your minor children below 15 are fine even if they are yet to be vaccinated, but it’s your judgement whether you should take the risk of bringing un-vaccinated children to a large gathering.  Please follow all government guidelines and requirements related to COVID 19. In case, any person around you (family or work colleague) has tested positive for COVID, please do not join unless you have tested negative subsequently and have completed the self-quarantine. In any case, each one of you is requested to download, install, and activate the Al Hosn application on your phone.

B. At the meeting point, please park the vehicles at least five meters apart and observe standard social distancing practices.
C. Face mask and gloves to be always worn.
D. No shaking hands, hugging or any other physical contact.
E. Max three people per vehicle, or four if from the same family staying in the same house.
F. Drive briefing can be viewed on this page and communications on the day will be carried out by radio, so please ensure your radio carries the correct channel announced on your convoy’s WhatsApp group so you can line up correctly once at the meeting point, deflate your tires are deflated and mount your flag.
G. Drivers AND passengers should remain in their vehicles, after deflating their tires and NOT meet or socialize with other participants.
H. There is to be no sharing of any food or drinks.
I. No sharing of any equipment, tow ropes, shackles, radios, or any other accessory.
J. In the event of a recovery, please radio your position in the convoy and vehicle – a marshal will advise you on how to self-recover or will assist.

Checklist:
a) Fully functional four-by-four vehicle with full tank of fuel.
b) Air compressor in working condition.
c) Recovery rope / strap.
d) Compatible radio pre-programmed to DO frequencies.
e) Refreshments for you and your passengers (if you have them).
f) Offroad flag attached to vehicle.

Etiquette:
1) Registering and not coming along may stop others from joining and is easily avoidable – so please be courteous and withdraw if you can’t make it.
2) Be punctual.
3) Any participants not registered on the forum site will not be allowed to join the drive.
4) Passengers in Registered participant’s vehicles are not counted as participants and are free to join.

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