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Morning Newbie Desert Drive - Lahbab: In The Locals' Den - Dubai - 31 Dec 2021


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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.

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Drive Details

Level:  Newbie and above (all levels)

Meeting time: 7:00 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions)

Meeting Point: Dropped pin
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Action Plan: Just North of Badayer, West of Big Red, there is a slice of desert which is mostly left untouched by off-roaders, but is "inhabited" by locals, who raise camels, but mostly use it for their own crossings, as well as for falconry. It stretches from Lahbab, west toward Margham (to Skydive and nearby). It's made of a mix of open sand cordons, low technical areas, a small area of sand bowls (the closest to Badayer, where the sand turns from yellow to red), and some areas with more abundant vegetation. A small hidden gem to explore in a leisurely way.

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 and willingness to learn.

Approximate finish time: 10:30 AM

P.S. Only join if you have a compressor to inflate your tires after the drive.

LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE:

  • Limited to 12 cars maximum. RSVP will close on Wednesday - 5 PM.
    • 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.
  • Members that do not confirm the terms of the COVID requirements will be removed from the RSVP list.
  • 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.
     

Please RSVP on below calendar

 

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Hi @Pacific I'm sorry I have to remove you from the RSVP list of this drive as there are nine waitlist members ahead of you.

Due to some bug (still fixing) system didn't move Charbel Ghattas automatically, so I have moved him in the drive just now, as he has the first priority of being the first - first drive waitlist.

If you like you can waitlist your name by hitting the "Add Waitlist" tab.

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@Charbel Ghattas please confirm if you still like to join this drive.

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14 hours ago, Gaurav said:

Hi @Pacific I'm sorry I have to remove you from the RSVP list of this drive as there are nine waitlist members ahead of you.

Due to some bug (still fixing) system didn't move Charbel Ghattas automatically, so I have moved him in the drive just now, as he has the first priority of being the first - first drive waitlist.

If you like you can waitlist your name by hitting the "Add Waitlist" tab.

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@Charbel Ghattas please confirm if you still like to join this drive.

Fair enough🤗🤗

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On 12/28/2021 at 8:08 PM, Charbel Ghattas said:

Confirmed, i would love to join 

Dear @Charbel Ghattas, thanks for joining. Unfortunately, as you have not yet completed your Absolute Newbie drive, I will have to sign you out of this drive. You will be able to join any upcoming Newbie drive as soon as you'll have done your introductory AN drive, which will be offered, again, every weekend from next week. Sorry for this, and hope to see you soon.

3 minutes ago, Ale Vallecchi said:

Dear @Charbel Ghattas, thanks for joining. Unfortunately, as you have not yet completed your Absolute Newbie drive, I will have to sign you out of this drive. You will be able to join any upcoming Newbie drive as soon as you'll have done your introductory AN drive, which will be offered, again, every weekend from next week. Sorry for this, and hope to see you soon.

@Harshad Ashraf, you have been moved to the confirmed signed up roster. Kindly confirm if you will join this drive. Thanks a lot.

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56 minutes ago, topgear said:

@Ale VallecchiDue to strong demand, is there any possibility of another convoy being added to accommodate those on the waitlist?

Hi @topgear. Thanks a lot for your kind request. I would love to extend the convoy, but with the current holiday season many Marshals are not available, and none can join me to take her/his share of an extended convoy. I will have to keep this drive as it is, in spite of the long waiting list. Sorry to have to disappoint you. Looking forward to seeing you soon again.

On 12/28/2021 at 9:01 PM, Ishaq Muhammad said:

Hi my name is Ishaq Is there any WhatsApp group to update any activities going I’m Ishaq And my contact number is 0564141272 Thank you

Dear @Ishaq Muhammad. Thanks for your kind request. I am directing your query to the members of our Crew (@Gaurav, @Srikumar or @Frederic) who will be able to update you.

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Dear Desertanuts,

@Mark D, @Mo., @Markus B, @Tareq Al Turq, @Justin Ng, @Nathan, @Harshad Ashraf, @Azeem M, @Quresh Motiwala, @Rajat Verma, @ASAD. and @JERINE_B, as mentioned in the body of the drive's post, just North of Badayer, West of Big Red, there is a slice of desert which is mostly left untouched by off-roaders, but is "inhabited" by locals, who raise camels, but mostly use it for their own crossings, as well as for falconry. It stretches from Lahbab, west toward Margham (to Skydive and nearby). It's made of a mix of open sand cordons, low technical areas, a small area of sand bowls (the closest to Badayer, where the sand turns from yellow to red), and some areas with more abundant vegetation. A small hidden gem to explore in a leisurely way. 

This is the locations and terrains that we'll explore this Friday. Considering the rather junior nature of this convoy, we will do our best to maintain a relaxing pace, and will do our best to give everyone the opportunity to become more and more familiar with the basic techniques of dunes' straight crossing, and side sloping. Hopefully we'll enjoy the view of some camels, gazelles, and perhaps falcons being trained. 

Please reach the meeting point a few minutes in advance of 7:00 am, to start deflating, mount your flags, and get prepared to start on time. 

I will announce the final convoy order and radio channel tomorrow evenig.

In the meantime, enjoy the evening.

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