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Morning Newbie Desert Drive - All Skills Seminar: Ghantoot - Abu Dhabi - 9 Dec 2023

Ale Vallecchi

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We request every member that joins this drive to go through the information below and strictly follow these guidelines, etiquette, and responsibilities.


First time with Carnity Off-road Club:

  • Please share your vehicle details - Make, Model, Color, and Year.
  • Do you have any prior off-road experience? If yes, pls share details.
  • Confirm your vehicle has front and rear tow hooks/eyelets.
  • Advise if you don’t have a programable radio and safety flag.

Drive Details

Level:  Newbie and above (all levels)

Meeting time: 8:00 AM (SHARP - Without any exceptions)

Meeting Point:  https://maps.app.goo.gl/CFwTSCXmqzm7PS118

Action Plan: A drive planned to go over each and every skill needed to be mastered by those who plan to go beyond their Newbie level and have committed to exploring their desert thirst and ambitions. From preparing the car for the drive, to practicing, and succeeding, in 1) dunes' straight crossing, 2) side-sloping, 3) approaching and riding ridges, 4) criss (or side) crossing, and most of all, for each one every one of the above skills, the key safety tips to guarantee yours, and your car, well being. All these elements will be thoroughly explained first, and actually practiced by the drivers, first one car at the time, then moving together as a convoy. 

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: 12:00 PM

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


  • This drive is limited to 12 cars only. RSVP will close on Friday - 6 PM.
  • If the RSVP is full, you can add your name to the waitlist, once anyone drops, you will be moved to the RSVP list.
  • RSVP will close a day prior to preparing a convoy 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.

Please RSVP on below calendar


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2 hours ago, Aser said:


When I open the google maps link I get a general area (screenshot), where is the point exactly?

Screenshot 2023-12-08 at 16-31-44 Al 'Ajban · Abu Dhabi.png

Dear @Aser, please open the link from your cell phone's Google Maps, and it will guide you to the meeting and deflation point.

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Dear Desertnauts,

welcome to tomorrow's All Skills Seminar. I have chosen the Ghantoot area (not near the well-known liquor store, but the opposite side of this district, along the E14 - Al Faqa Road), as it offers initially low rolling cordons of dunes, with large open areas in between, that will allow the convoy to familiarize themselves with the terrain and start practicing relatively easy side sloping. As the drive will progress, we will head in the direction of taller dunes, where we can practice crossing the ridges from one side to the other, as well as possibly doing some ridge riding. We should be exiting in the same place we'll enter, but there is an outside possibility that, if the convoy behaves well, we may head up toward Qudra, across an area of quite diverse terrain, to exit near the Bab al Shams Road. 

A complete briefing on the necessary techniques and skills will precede the drive. 

The meeting place is easily reachable along the E14 road, coming from both Dubai (from E75), or Abu Dhabi (taking E14 from E11). It's located next to the Seih Hafeir Camp. Once arrived, you may start deflating.

The convoy order at the moment looks as follows:

@Ben Williams in Second Lead

@Ahmed Farouk at #3

@Renier Venter at #4

@kevin at #5

@Aser at #6

@JohanE at #7

@SamBha at #8

@Vijay Cowlagi at #9

@Robk at #10, and 

@Sunil Mathew in Sweep and Support.

We'll pick the most appropriate Carnity radio frequency on the spot (please review the frequencies on our website, or have your radio set for manual tuning, if unsure).

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow, with the prayer to arrive a little earlier, so we can start the drive as close to 8:00 AM as possible. Have a nice Friday night.



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Dear @kazargamze. I just realizzati you had joined the drive. As I believe this is your first drive with Carnity, I ask you to please open and read carefully the links at the top of the drive's post page:

Kindly familiarize yourself with its content, the Carnity's safety rules and driving etiquette. I will also brief you and the rest of the convoy before the start.

In the meantime, can you please inform if you have a deflating tool, a radio, a flag and a compressor? 

Thanks a lot for your comments, and see you tomorrow. 

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Sorry I went to the wrong location 😤

I don't know my phone sent me to this location and after arriving and not seen anyone when open the link in my wife phone it shows we are 48 min from the right one 🤦🤦🤦


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