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Drive into the desert

india
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Drive into the desert

Hi,

We would like to do a very low key ride into the desert which basically comprises of driving out into the desert - seeing the sunrise/ sunset - then driving back into the city. We are not really interested in any other activity (no dune buggy etc)/food/entertainment. I am not sure if there is any tour/agent that does this since all the tours I came across had activities mentioned in addition to the above. Any help regarding this would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Drive into the desert

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2. Re: Drive into the desert

Desert driving licence???????????

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I’m sorry, too, Nitin but that’s wrong as well. We have plenty of friends who ‘off road’ in both the UAE and Oman and none of them has a ‘certificate’ allowing them to do so. There are a couple of companies who provide off-road driving courses and participants get a certificate if they complete the course ... perhaps this is what you mean?

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Muscat, Oman
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6. Re: Drive into the desert

I’m glad to hear that your desert experience had a happy conclusion. Our friends are long-term UAE and Oman residents and have acquired a great deal of experience, some of them competing in the Desert Challenge. However they always travel with at least three 4x4 vehicles and all the necessary safety equipment (sand ladders, shovels, water, spare phone batteries, first aid kits, ropes etc), tell someone at home where they are planning on going and at what time they should be expected to return.

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7. Re: Drive into the desert

No need for licence or certificate to drive in desert. The only thing you need is the EXPERIENCE.

I almost spend my weekends in the desert and some times crosing from Abu Dhabi to Al Ain without licence or certificate. You should know very well how to handle your car, the directions and where is the exit points. So many underestimate driving in desert.

traveltrawl,, You are right. most of Safari companies have other activities.

india
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8. Re: Drive into the desert

Thanks to all who responded but we would not like to self drive. I was rather wondering if we could hire a landcruiser with driver which we could use for the desert drive or if their was a tour available which allowed people to just simply go enjoy sunset/sunrise and return?

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9. Re: Drive into the desert

The guy I use to organise my desert safaris does this type of thing. I will send you details later.

You don’t need an off road licence to take your own car into the sand but if you are taking people into the desert to go to a camp you need one, insurance, roll cage etc etc if the camp is in the Emirate of Dubai. I think they are a little more lax elsewhere.

I would do a camel farm visit, sunset drive and then come back into the city - perhaps get dropped off at Dubai Mall for the Fountain show.

india
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10. Re: Drive into the desert

Dear Sean R,

Thank you for the information. It would be great if you could send the person's details across.

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