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COVID19 Compliant - Morning Intermediate Desert Drive - Fossil Rock to Big Red Express - Sharjah - 7 Aug 2021

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Drive Brief
This Intermediate Drive is meant to be a high speed adventure across a long stretch of red sand desert in the Emirate of Sharjah, covering over 70km from Mahafiz to Shuwaib, going through some of the most coveted off-roading areas in the emirate, all packed in a single "Express Drive" experience. 

We will start in Mahafiz, approaching, for starters, the Long Dune and then climbing to the top of Fossil Rock, descending on its east side. We will then head south, passing by Fossil Rock, Camel Rock and The Sphynx at high speed in order to reach Faya's reknown big dunes. We will subsequently border S153 Mahafiz - Faya Road to cross it at Mahafiz Roundabout and enter the Suwaidan stretch of desert that will eventually lead us to the tall dunes on the north side of 2nd November Cafeteria, which will hopefully be a pleasant surprise to most. Once crossed the road, we will dive again in the tall dunes on its west side, then head straight to Pink Rock, from where we will keep on heading south, making our way towards the Al Badayer area, climbing first "The big dune next to Big Red" and eventually the Big Red itself, before exiting at Al Badayer Interchange on Dubai-Hatta Road

This drive will offer all types of red sand challenges a driver could ask for, an all in one express shot.


General Infos

This drive is organized in full compliance with the COVID19 guidelines. We expect every member that joins this drive to go through below information and and strictly follow these guidelines in order not to jeopardize someone's health, and to ensure we can keep organizing these drives safely.


Drive Details

Level:  Intermediate and Above (All Levels)

When:  7 Aug 2021, Saturday.

Meeting time: 5:30 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions)

Meeting Point: Mahafiz Tree Shade - https://goo.gl/maps/Tj9WXKFDYB43KpWZ9

Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance.

What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, face mask, rubber gloves, enthusiasm, willingness to learn and your own compressor for tire inflation.

Approximate finish time: 9:30 AM

End Point: Al Badayer Interchange - Dubai - Hatta Road

Limited Spots Available:

  • Limited to 10 cars only. RSVP will close on Thursday - 9 AM.
    • If the RSVP is full and you wish to join, please mention your name on the drive thread to add on the waiting list. 
  • Latecomers will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS.
  • Members without RSVP will be returned back - without ANY EXCEPTIONS.
  • Please withdraw your RSVP, if you aren't joining, so your spot can be taken by others.
  • Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month.



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2 hours ago, Abu Muhammad said:

Dear @Lorenzo Candelpergher I’ve added myself to the drive as a place became available and I was first on the waitlist.  I hope it’s ok 😂 

Dear @Abu Muhammad, yes it is OK. 

I recall here the waitlisted:

For 1st drive @Francois Germishuys.

For 2nd drive @GauravSoni, @Watteau

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Hi @Lorenzo Candelpergher I regret to inform I won't be able to attend the drive.  It was a route I was looking forward to explore.

I've removed myself from the RSVP list so the next in WL can confirm.

Have a great and safe drive everyone.

Kindest regards.

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