Desert Adventure with AD4X4

  • November 8, 2013 · 1:00 PM

If you have a 4X4 and you need help driving it off road, AD4X4 is happy to assist you to overcome your fears by offering you a free of cost driver training.

This is a very recommended start for first timers since AD4x4 always encourage and foster the safe use of your off road vehicle.

This trip will be led by experienced trip leaders (Marshals) who can advise you on safe driving techniques and lend a hand in the event that you need assistance. Max 8 cars from EPyC can join this event.

After the drive, drivers and passengers are invited to join the season opening party for AD4X4 club for 125AED per adult where they will be offered food, beverages and a lot of fun.

Interested drivers should register on the AD4X4 website as soon as they RSVP to this event and will need to state the number of passengers they are are willing to bring with them and if they will have extra seats to be offered to other EPyC members. Please note that your car should have two recovery points.

All passengers MUST wear seat-belts, including children and children must have suitable child car seats where necessary to secure them during the drive.

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 For all the confirmed attendees (Drivers and Passengers) please update this list https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Aqn9-d45cSKedFp1QkxxZzV2V3pXUHFZSHB6Ny1pbWc&usp=sharing#gid=0

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  • Tasneem

    Sorry for the late response, Sarah. Been extremely busy catching up with work. My email ID is [masked].

    November 14, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Ladies and gents please can you share some of your brilliant photos, I have set up a drop box but I need your email addresses to add you to it for editing.

    November 12, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    If the attendees could please share their email addresses I can add you to the shared dropbox so we can share your excellent photos!

    November 11, 2013

  • Daniel H.

    Here are some other club member shots from the same event: http://www.meetup.com/EmiratesP...­

    November 11, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Great Photos being posted here! thanks to all - if we can share them that would be great - there are two options, on Facebook there is an AD4x4 page which you can request membership of or you can put the photos in here : https://www.dropbox.com/sh/030iq­...­ which is my dropbox and this is an EPYC folder.

    November 11, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Great Photos being posted here! thanks to all - if we can share them that would be great - there are two options, on Facebook there is an AD4x4 page which you can request membership of or you can put the photos in here : https://www.dropbox.com/sh/030iq...­ which is my dropbox and this is an EPYC folder. thanks!

    November 10, 2013

  • Maria

    Thank you Sarah. Wonderful trip. Met new friends, very friendly and happy atmosphere. Jaideep thank you for the ride.

    November 9, 2013

  • Tasneem

    It was a lovely experience Sarah. Learnt many new things. Had excellent company. I aspire to join you as one of your Marshalls some day...lol !!!

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Tasneem

    Excellent Company, Well organized. Made some very good friends, thanks.

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Its was great to finally meet everyone and put faces to names! I hope everyone enjoyed the day! And look forward to seeing you on some more trips

    November 9, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Drivers for this event the meeting point should have been sms to you by the trip leader. The meeting point is in front of jeep agency in abu dhabi on airport road, just next to carrefour. Its very easy to get to, from dubai to ad road, after raha mall take exit for maqta bridge then follow signs for abu dhabi and you will cross the bridge. Keep straight past the mosque and through traffic signal past adnoc (good place to fill up you will need a full tank!) Then keep straight you will see carrefour on your left take next junction right to a roundabout, make u turn and head back towards dubai take first right, is small slip road to carrefour. Jeep is on your right after the construction. Meeting time is 1.15 please be ontime!

    November 7, 2013

  • Amr

    Guys please don't mix up between the details of this event and the other event on the same day... although both events are related to AD4X4 season opening party but each group is going to have it's own logistics! please follow the instructions carefully so you can safely enjoy your time

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Hi so Faisal has dropped out but Marya has decided to join last minute. Mrya please pay the 125aed ticket price to Faisal.

    November 7, 2013

    • Faisal P.

      I'm really bummed on missing this trip. Was looking forward to it and hoping I would some how get better. But unfortunately still feeling blue. Anyway all you guys great trip.

      November 7, 2013

  • Jaideep

    at the moment its me plus one. looks like Amreen +1 are not joining in. So Faraj / Tasneem you could both join in if you like.

    Amr / Sarah - do we have details of the drive as yet? meeting point / time etc?

    November 5, 2013

    • Faraj

      Sorry Sarah. I have got infected in my leg. I wil not able to make it.

      November 7, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      Sorry to hear the Faraj hope it gets better soon!

      November 7, 2013

  • Tasneem

    Hi Sarah, I spoke to Jaideep and he told me that I need to register even as a passenger. I had logged in last time but I thought that it was only for 4x4 owners. Anyways I have registered under the username 'Tasneem'. Please send me the details and I shall make all the payments on the meeting spot before takeoff.

    November 7, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      Tasneem - I have sent you a message. you need to liaise with Jaideep with regards to the event meeting time and place.

      November 7, 2013

  • Tasneem

    I usually deleted my old mails so probably I have missed out the details and I don't think I have enough time to go through all the old threads now. So please just forward me your contact number and we shall complete the rest of the formalities by phone.

    November 7, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    I have amended the RSVPs according to those who have confirmed attendance as drivers - that is they have signed up with AD4x4 and notified me and have either paid or made arrangements to pay.

    November 7, 2013

  • Khan

    Hi Sarah/Organizers,

    Its too late or still a slot for one more car? :)
    If I can still get in, I will RSVP YES.

    I have a Prado V6/4L, with front and rear recovery points mounted. My desert driving skills are 1/10. I can take 4-5 passengers with me and will leave from Dubai (Tecom/Greens Gas Station Area).

    1 · November 6, 2013

    • Khan

      Hi Sarah, I came to Change Initiative at said time but there was some health talk going on :)

      I think the EPyC meetup was at another hall or something. I am on my own yet - no other passenger with me so far. If you could share your number or text me, I will contact you tomorrow. Thanks!

      November 6, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      Awh shame I missed you its no problem weve counted ypu in the number so you just need to pay when you arrive at the camp. My number is[masked]

      November 7, 2013

  • Amr

    For all the confirmed attendees (Drivers and Passengers) please update this list https://docs.google.com/spreadsh...­

    November 6, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Those who are confirmed or who have made arrangements to are Khan, jaideep and faisal. These are the only people who have been counted For the final numbers.

    November 6, 2013

  • Tasneem

    Sarah, I won't be there at the meeting tomorrow. Got a prior commitment to fulfill. I can transfer the money to your account or pay you on Friday. You can send me back if I don't pay up......lol. By the way, I can also confirm my participation only if I know where and when we are meeting. Where can I leave my car, safely? I need the details in advance. Cannot leave my car in a paid parking indefinitely. Moreover, I thought you will be moving towards Al Ain. Shall I meet you half the way? Please respond asap. Money is not a problem, You will get mine for sure.

    November 5, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      ok Tasneem, you need to arrange with your driver where you are going to meet. The drivers will meet with the rest of the trip (there are about 30 cars!) somewhere in Abu Dhabi and from there go to the sand and then to the party. This has been quite clear from the beginning. The location of the party is in Al Khatim which is just outside of Abu Dhabi (no-one has mentioned Al Ain!) The issue of payment can be sorted out but it is more for confirmed numbers as we have to advise our caterers to ensure there is enough food for all.

      November 6, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      No further contact so not confirmed

      November 6, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    So far I have payments for Faisal as a driver, and from Jaideep +1. No other drivers or passengers have contacted me for payment! Just a reminder - as a passenger you need to hook up and confirm your seat with either Faisal or Jaideep and then pay me.

    November 4, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      Venu are you in or not?

      November 6, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      Ok so no confirmation from Venu

      November 6, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Details for the meeting time and place for drivers are here: http://www.ad4x4.com/club/viewt...­

    Drivers please liaise with your confirmed passengers, if any to transport them or meet them somewhere convenient to this. I am not sharing it openly for reasons of safety and security of those signed up on the trip.

    November 6, 2013

  • ASHRAFKA

    I'm Changing my RVSP, as I didn't get any confirmation for the seat

    Sorry guys we will meet next time Thanks Amr

    November 6, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Venu, Tasmeen and Ashraf - I will be at the meeting tomorrow from 5.30pm until 7ish. You can meet me there for payment and more details.

    November 5, 2013

  • Tasneem

    I need confirmation. Can't make all arrangements at the 11th hour.

    November 5, 2013

    • Jaideep

      Tasneem. Looks like u can ride with me...

      November 5, 2013

  • Tasneem

    Faisal, do you still have space on your vehicle? Amr can you please give the details of the departure and return timing and the pickup and dropoff points?.......considering I will be driving up from Al Ain and I also have to attend an important Job related workshop on Saturday morning.

    November 5, 2013

    • Faisal P.

      Sorry for the late reply Tasneem. I have been under the weather past few days. I will know for sure by tomorrow if I can make this trip on Friday. If I do you will be the first one to know.

      November 5, 2013

  • Faraj

    Guys do u stil have a place for one

    November 5, 2013

    • Amr

      Yes Faraj... I guess Faisal and Jaideep still have unconfirmed seats... confirm with one of them and make the payment to Sarah

      November 5, 2013

    • Faraj

      Hi jaideep and Faisal do u hve a space

      November 5, 2013

  • Faisal P.

    Hi! I have registered with AD4X4. I have a SWB Prado and would like to join up as a driver. I can take 1 passenger if anyone is interested.

    1 · October 28, 2013

    • Faisal P.

      I still have 1 seat available, if interested please reply here...

      October 29, 2013

    • ASHRAFKA

      Hi Faisal- I would like to join with you . please contact me on [masked] -Ashraf

      November 5, 2013

  • ASHRAFKA

    Hi All

    I would like to join , is there any room for me ?

    November 4, 2013

    • Amr

      Yes Ashraf... Faisal might still have a free seat

      November 4, 2013

    • ASHRAFKA

      How I can pay, its needs to pay in advance ?, can I have the contact details of Mr. Faisal

      November 5, 2013

  • Tasneem

    Sarah, if I join the group then what will be the fastest and safest way to get the money to you?

    November 5, 2013

  • sumair p.

    I am not in the city

    November 5, 2013

  • Amr

    If your RSVP has been changed to NO and you still want to attend this event, please arrange with one of the confirmed drivers for a seat and contact Sarah to make the payment at the earliest https://docs.google.com/spreadsh...­

    November 4, 2013

  • Amr

    Sarah, Please confirm the names who made the payments or at least contacted you to arrange for it before the event

    November 4, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      Hi Venu are you are you a driver or passenger?

      November 4, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      Amr - only faisal and jai deep +1 have paid.

      November 4, 2013

  • Zoher K.

    Sorry its not possible this time,THNX

    November 3, 2013

  • Amr

    We have a room for a passenger with Faisal.. If you are interested confirm with Faisal and arrange for the payment with Sarah by tomorrow

    November 3, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Jaideep - need to organise payment from you please!
    And from any passengers too!

    October 30, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Ladies and gents - those that are confirmed - Jaideep, Faisal and Daniel plus passengers - we need to arrange to collect the ticket money from you. I will be at the biweekly event to collect money this evening, between 6.30 and 7.30pm for those that are attending. for others please contact me to arrange how the payment can be done. Mobile 0552899973.

    The last date for confirmation and payment is Monday next week!

    October 29, 2013

    • Daniel H.

      Sarah, I have already changed my RSVP - please do cancel me off for the Nov 8th event.

      October 29, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      Sorry to hear that Daniel! Amreen +1 sorry your trip is also cancelled then :-(

      October 30, 2013

  • Amr

    Time to finalize the details of this event!
    Drivers and Passengers has to fill the following spreadsheet as soon as possible...
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsh...­
    Kindly coordinate with the drivers before adding your names as passengers.
    Any names not on the spreadsheet will be removed from the attendees list by tomorrow.

    October 28, 2013

    • Jaideep

      Amr - spreadsheet updated

      October 29, 2013

  • Mirza

    Maybe a stupid question but. How about a Honda Pilot on this trip, will it perform ?

    October 24, 2013

    • Daniel H.

      Ok, I may have to remove myself from this meetup, too much gear-head stuff for me, let me see. The deserts of the UAE are rough on all vehicles, even in the UAE Desert Challenge Rally...everyone is going to get stuck if you drive in sand at some point. You have to know what your vehicle is capable of and the only way to learn that is by driving in the sand, is that not the point of this event? I my case over the last 2 1/2 years I have hundreds of kms in the sand, with a couple of mods for clearance...I just leave the king of the hill stuff to others. :(

      October 29, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      Don't worry Daniel, this trip and indeed the club are not about that either, there is no one-upmanship. It is about having fun and enjoying the experience in a safe way. I have tried to be as honest as possible from my experience and that of my colleagues in the club. I am sure that the driving experience you have will be invaluable for this trip. I do hope that you will come.

      October 29, 2013

  • Raza H.

    Hi Sarah, What about Toyota Fortuner, 2.7L?

    October 29, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      you should be fine for this event Raza! as long as it has the 4x4 option and recovery points, we actually have a few fortuners in the club, most with the larger engines but for this level you will be fine. If you decide to continue driving and joining trips you may find it more challenging at the higher driving levels, but there's lots of fun to be had so don't worry about that just yet!

      October 29, 2013

  • Zachary

    First time 4x4.... Have a 2010 range rover vogue with room for a few passengers.

    October 28, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      They will be ok in this level of trip but you may find a scratch here and there afterwards (there are some bushes around) and depending on the ground clearance you may bump your bumper :-) only other experience with this model was that the air suspension failed .....its your decision. For any damage or repairs due to these trips is your responsibility and not the club or it's members.

      October 29, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      Hi Zachary - please confirm if you are joining or not.

      October 29, 2013

  • Tasneem

    Have not yet found a ride.....so probably I can't attend!

    October 27, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Daniel, Jaideep and Sandra - please check that your trucks (4x4) have 2 CHASSIS mounted recovery points...this is really important incase you get stuck so you and your vehicle can be safely rescued! Also I'd rather you check now than arrive at the event and be turned away as you don't have them. Please confirm to me that you have checked and they're ok. Sandra and Jaideep - I don't know what cars you guys have but for Daniel, please check as I'm really not sure for the outlander.

    October 23, 2013

    • Daniel H.

      Sarah, I've checked and I have front and rear chassis recovery points. :)

      October 25, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      Excellent!

      October 25, 2013

  • Amr

    Dear All,
    We will start removing people from the RSVP list except drivers who registered with AD4X4 and their passengers.
    If you are removed from the list it doesn't mean that you can't join this event but we want to be sure that everyone on the list will be either a registered driver with a suitable 4X4 or a confirmed passenger. If your name is still in the list we need to receive the tickets costs on behalf of AD4X4 (125AED per Adult - Kids under 13 free) in order to confirm your attendance. This should happen maximum by the 29th of October at our biweekly event. You can contact any Organizer to make the payment earlier or during any other event before the bi weekly.

    October 25, 2013

  • Jaideep

    Ok. So I have one person with me and 2 that have already blocked their seats. Given that this a 7 seater Prado ( the last row has 2 foldable seats) should I consider my car as full?

    October 23, 2013

    • Amr

      I think those seats are not very comfy for long drives but technically if they have seat-belts 2 more passengers can join... Although I'm not really sure about the extra weight issue

      October 25, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Jaideep, Daniel and Amreen - I have signed you up here http://www.ad4x4.com/club/viewt...­
    As there are so far only the two of you from EPYC I have signed you in on the main ANIT trip ok. Amreen you are listed as passengers as you don't have a car so counted in the numbers. Please check the details are correct, Jaideep you need to add your mobile number please!! I will liaise through Amr or Andy to collect the ticket money from you - it is 125aed per adult (kids under 13 go free) Some light reading from the forum before your trip: http://www.ad4x4.com/club/viewt...­

    http://www.ad4x4.com/club/viewt...­

    Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

    Please let me know if you have any questions or queries!

    October 24, 2013

    • Jaideep

      Sarah - its[masked]

      October 24, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      thanks Jaideep - I've updated it on the website

      October 24, 2013

  • Sandra

    Hi.I just joined here but have the car full - not an option in RSVP. Shall I now join with ad4x4? Thanks.

    October 22, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      Yes you need to sign up with them too and then post here or pm me your username, telephone number and number of people. I will make sure you're added to the correct trip. We will also need to arrange for payment, 125aed per adult.

      October 22, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      Hi Sandra - please register with AD4x4 if you are wanting to join in.

      October 24, 2013

  • Amr

    Other than Jaideep... Who's else in the attendees list is having a 4X4 and willing to join the drive? Daniel, Kashif, Nader, Avijit, Nawfal and Nisha... ?

    October 13, 2013

    • Daniel H.

      [masked] - Mitsubishi Outlander.

      October 16, 2013

    • Faraj

      Is there any place for one

      October 23, 2013

  • Tasneem

    I need a confirmation too if there is space for me or else I will have to make other plans for the weekend. Also looking to good, clean second hand 4x4 in excellent condition and within my budget. Any suggestions Sarah?

    October 19, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      Hi Tasneem - if you have joined AD4x4.com check out the for sale section there's always a car or two in there. Otherwise look on Dubizzle though please take care there are a lot of bad 2nd hand 4x4 out there that are abused and not taken care of (as with most 2nd hand cars here!) please get it checked thoroughly by a mechanic before you agree to buy anything!) Low mileage doesnt necessarily mean its been looked after! also take care buying from AEV or the offroad zone - it has been heard that they use accident imports and grey market materials to repair and modify them

      October 20, 2013

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