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Morning Intermediate Desert Drive - From Red to Yellow: Margham Bowls to Faqa - Dubai - 8 Jan 2022

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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 strictly follow these guidelines.




Drive Details

Level:  Intermediate and above 

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

Meeting Point: 
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Action Plan: Dubai's sand changes from the red hues typical of its eastern border (close to Big Red and Pink Rock), to the yellow and creamy shades of the south-western border (Qudra and Faqa). We'll go from red to yellow, moving in the east-west direction, entering at Margham "bowls", crossing toward Lisaili, and proceeding to Faqa, where the infamous "Chimney" will be our beacon, indicating our final harbor from the desert high and colorful waves of sand.

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: 11:00 AM

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


  • Limited to 10 cars maximum. RSVP will close on Friday - 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.
  • 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.




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31 minutes ago, Chris Wing said:

@Ale Vallecchi Apologies but I won't be able to make it to the drive. I am starting to get sick so won't take any chances here. Hope you all enjoy the drive tomorrow!

Hi @Chris Wing. Thanks for informing. Get well soon.

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Dear Desertnauts,

Tomorrow we will drive in the following order:

@Ranjan Das in Second Lead

@Charbel at #3

@Xavier Treasurer at #4

@siddharth maheshwari will be #5

@Alain Canivet-Abikhalil will be the Center Forward

@Sunil Mathew at #7

@Looper at #8

@Ashok chaturvedi will be driver #9

@Thomas Varghese #10, and 

@Jorge Stepniak Felippe driving in Sweep.

We will meet just past Margham village, on the road connecting E66 with E44, off to the left, through an open gate, just next to an enclosed group of ghaf trees. From there we will proceed, through a couple of farms, to enter an area of small (but numerous) red sand bowls, overlooking, on their eastern side, the red sands of Tawi Nizwa, and Badayer further away. After riding in and out of these little visited area, we'll continue north first, then west, to cross a very mixed terrain, until we'll reach Lisaili. From here, after crossing E66, we'll drive along the pylon track, beyond the camel drome, to enter the Lisaili plateau, and aim directly south-east, toward the infamous "Chimney" (those who do not know the story, will be informed tomorrow). Our final goal will be the sabkha just north of Faqa town (well away from the AD border), where we plan to exit on its yellow-cream sands.

The drive should be long and varied, with a good variety of technical areas, long range dunes, and sand bowls.

Once at the meeting point, we will tune into through Carnity Channel 3 (446.056).

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. Have a nice start of the new weekends.

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A 99.99% perfect drive. 10/10 intense. The recent weather had a small role to play but everyone was on their top performance today. 

@Ale Vallecchi your drives are unique and this was another example of what can be achieved. The technical portion of the drive after the Margham section was one of the most challenging at the same time most enjoyable drives since I started driving. Thank you very much.

@Ranjan Das, @Xavier Treasurer, @siddharth maheshwari, @Alain Canivet-Abikhalil, @Sunil Mathew, @Ashok chaturvedi, @Thomas Varghese & @Jorge Stepniak Felippe great drive guys see you again. 

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