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We have done everything from an absolute newbie drive for those stepping into the sands for the first time, to a slightly more demanding drive in some absolutely bad weather, to the mesmerizing sands of Lisali to a man made lake in the desert in Al Qudra and recently the on-road scenic drive with slightly different kind of adventure in the waters of Khorfakkan in the past month. So what is next? The option was left to those who attended the last drive and the obvious choice was to find a natural lake in the middle of the desert. Is it true? Is it possible? A natural lake in the middle of the desert....You must be kidding me!!! But, Al Qudra is a man-made lake and we have already been there!!!.

Hold your hearts as that natural beauty exists and we are going to explore it this weekend. So what is the plan? Who can join? What can we expect?

Plan is simple, we drive down to the desert where the natural lake makes it an oasis which we are in search for. Everybody can join, weather you have a 4x4, an AWD, a Saloon or even a bike, it is possible for all to join. Expect to be taken by surprise and we drive on the road towards some awesome dunes and a shimmering blue surface starts to fill the the light brown dunes, behold it is the lake that we all are searching for. For on-road drivers who jst want something new and different to do, this drive is for you. For off-roader who want a taste of the dune drive, lets do some off-roading that will set your pulses racing, this drive is for you. For those who love nature and photography, if you think you have some awesome photos during the day, just wait till the sun starts setting behind the mountains, find a favorable spot and lay your trap to capture some of the most beautiful views you can imagine, this drive is for you.

Excited... Lets get down to the details...

Once again I would like to thank all the active members of Carnity who have supported the drives by coming out in numbers and have shown the enthusiasm and the will to learn,the beauty of this area is the wonderful lake smack in the middle of the desert which can be reached by road making it a rare oasis in UAE. The plan would be to meet up at 10 am as per the below link and than head out to discover this hidden gem in the middle of the desert, for the Muslims we will find a mosque on the way where we can offer our Friday prayers, non-Muslims are requested to be patient during this time, we will than head to the lake and pick a gazebo under which we can set up camp and sit around and enjoy the lunch and chats where the secret of how this lake came about in the middle of the desert. It is a very interesting story. For those who would like to feel the sands under their wheels, this will be the time to head out and improve and polish our skills. They say always leave the best for the last, photograph enthusiasts would have hope fully found a nice spot by sunset which will mean you will take back memories which can never be replaced and the place will leave an imprint on your hearts for life.




When : 24 February 2017 at 10:00 am
Where : First Emarat Petrol station on Dubai - Al Ain Road after Outlet Mall.

GPS Coordinate: https://goo.gl/maps/KD4Lath3cB42

Level of drive: All levels
Plan: On-road drive, followed by some lunch, followed by some dune bashing for interested parties with proper 4x4s, ending with the shutterbugs bringing some shots that will live on long after the drive is over.
What to bring along: Stuff for BBQ or lunch with a little extra to share with all, grill, charcoal, lighter fluid and BBQ meat or chicken, water, liquids, smiles, stories, enthusiasm and willingness to learn. and appreciate and the most important, you best cameras with the best lenses as you do not see this everyday in your life. In fact, many people will never know this hidden gem.

Approximate finish time : 6 - 6:30 pm

List of participants:

  1. Rahimdad Kadwani - 050 6749099
  2. Vivian John Thomas - 0567480347

  3. Mujtaba - 050 810007

  4. Gaurav Khanna - 050 5258706
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Thanks Rahim for this wonderful surprise as I myself have never visited this natural lake and heard a lot from hand full of people.

People getting serious for regular off-roading please consider buying radio and inflator now at least as these two things are the first off-road gear you will need in every future off-road drive.

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I am quite new for this roda trip and me and my family would like to join. Please add as to ur group

Name : Vivian John Thomas

Contact: 0567480347

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@vivian Thank you for signing up, looking forward to seeing you on Friday. your name has been updated on the main post.

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I am glad you joined Mujtaba, now I will be able to guide you through some dunes which are meant to play in, Something i believe you have been looking forward to.

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Exciting to see this @Rahimdad bro. Its a new information as well. Im in India and I cannot be a part even if i wanted to join. Cant wait to see the exciting photographs and reports. :)

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@manums We all missed your company buddy. We will post the pics and videos once we have concluded the trip. Stay safe.

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hi guys what a wonderful trip this was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks to all the guys in the group for making this one so happening. 

Looking forward to an other one like this. It was most enjoyable drive I have had yet. 

Truly amazing 

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Thanks everyone for joining with such great enthusiasm and community spirit. We had yet another fantastic carnity drive to explore the hidden gem - Zakher Lake inside the desert of Al Ain. Thanks @Rahimdad for showing such great place and supporting every bit of the drive from leading a short adrenaline filled dune bashing to pushing a 2WD drive in deep sands.

Overall we had 7 cars - Nissan Pathfinder, Volkswagen Tiguan, Toyota Prado, Ford Escape, Jeep Wrangler and 2 Mitsubishi Pajero's. All cars with little push and pull made it to slightly deeper spot for better view of dunes and lake. We had lovely barbecue and late lunch filled with multi-cuisine dishes. We all enjoyed the awesome weather in super awesome place with amazing company of easy and fun-loving members.

Here are the pictures from my camera, hope to see other's pictures soon:











































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