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Sally into the Valley

***Keep an eye on the time, as this may be adjusted***

There's a lot more to the UAE than skyscrapers, and we'd like to help you find some of it. Join us for a trip to Wadi Shawkah, where you can watch the sun come up over fresh air, rock cliffs, and pools of water.

You may also want to stop on the way back to get shots of the Shawkah Dam and the scenic road out.

We will assemble between 4:00AM and 5:00 AM at the Emarat on Maliha Road and then drive for about an hour to get to the outside of the Wadi. You don't need an SUV to get to Wadi Shawkah. Nevertheless, the last 3 km of the journey is on an unpaved road to get to the wadi entrance, and will require a vehicle with some ground clearance, so don't bring a sports car.

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as we will have to walk a little (2 km) to destination inside the wadi. If you plan to hike further in (optional), some climbing will be required, so choose shoes with a good grip, and don't bring along too much gear.

Since we will be arriving before daybreak, you may want to bring a torch to light your path, and a tripod (with backstrap) to shoot in low light. There will be no washrooms, shops or garbage cans at this location, so plan accordingly. Carry in whatever food or drink you think you will need, but make sure you take out your trash and dispose of it later.

If you want or can offer a ride, tell us in the comments where you are coming from, and what your contact number is. And as usual, if you need help finding us on the day of the event, call the EPyC hotline [masked]).

Please note that for safety reasons, this event may be called off in the event of bad weather. The photographers behind the best shots taken at this event and the previous week's trip to Ras al Khaimah are eligible for tickets to Joe McNally's seminar, Small Lights Made Simple, as well as GPP PhotoFriday.

What to bring

- Your camera 
- Only necessary gear (widest lens recommended)
- A tripod, preferably with a backstrap (easier when hiking)
- Head torch light (can be found at Ace)
- Possibly snacks and bottled water

What to expect: 

- Hiking 
- Mountains, rocks, trees, pools, and a lot of reflections
- Wonderful subjects to shoot 
- A lot of fun and adventures

Want to talk to your host directly? 
- Mobile:[masked] 
- Email: [masked] 
- Or just post your questions in the comments below


Remember:

by participating in this Photowalk and submitting your best shot you'll have a chance to win a Joe McNally Seminar: SMALL LIGHTS MADE SIMPLE during the GPP 2014 for the 1st place and a PhotoFriday ticket for the 2nd place. 

Just upload 5 of your best shots before the deadline Sunday 2/03/2014 at 11:59pm.  

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  • Virginia R.

    Congrats to the winners. excellent photos

    3 · March 5, 2014

  • Hani J

    After a long week of technical difficulties with the website, it is time to announce the winning shots.

    And the winners of Sally into the Valley competition are:

    1st Place (Joe McNally seminar) Zeeshan Qamar - #22

    2nd Place (PhotoFriday ticket) Gracious Rodrigues - Standing Tall Congratulations for the winners.. choosing the winning shots was as hard as hiking into the Wadi :) See you all in the upcoming meetups.

    5 · March 5, 2014

    • Zeeshan Q.

      wow i Won :), Thanks Guys

      3 · March 5, 2014

    • Nik

      Couldn't agree more with the verdict. Awesome photos.

      4 · March 5, 2014

  • Gracious R.

    Thank you all. It is always a great feeling to go out and make images and certainly good to know that you have liked my work.

    3 · March 5, 2014

  • Zaheer A.

    Great event Hani... Looking forward for more adventurous photoshoots

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Amr

    Join Today's biweekly to learn about astrophotography and get up to 2 photos matching the theme "Reflections" and if your photo is good enough you will get a chance to win one of 2 free passes to the #GPP2014 #PhotoFriday

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Hani J

    Hey everyone.. due to the issues we were facing with meetup.com we have extended the deadline for uploading the photos to enter the competition until Monday 5pm.. in case you are still facing issues uploading your shots please email them to ([masked]) before the new deadline.. good luck to you all :)

    March 2, 2014

  • Hani J

    less than 24 hours left before the voting starts.. post your shots fast (in case of a draw between two or more shots, the one submitted first will be chosen).. Good Luck

    1 · March 1, 2014

    • Nader Salem Al J.

      its DDos

      March 2, 2014

    • Umair A.

      Seems it got fixed.

      March 2, 2014

  • Rada A.

    Amazing trip... amazing place, and amazing organization... thanx Hani, I had a great time

    4 · March 1, 2014

    • Hani J

      really glad you enjoyed it.. :)

      March 1, 2014

  • Deb

    Awesome trip!

    2 · March 1, 2014

  • Nirmal D.

    Expect very adventurous event. Anxius to participate ......

    But I need Lift from Bur Dubai (Al Fahidi Metro Staton ) or can be other point just at Burjman.

    My contact No. is :[masked]

    1 · February 22, 2014

    • Nirmal D.

      Thank you Prasad Babu Veera for giving me Lift. Now it is confirmed that I will join this event .....

      February 27, 2014

    • Nirmal D.

      Lol, It was realy adventurous .....

      March 1, 2014

  • Gracious R.

    Thanks Hani. Wonderful place.

    2 · February 28, 2014

  • Sam

    Good meetup. ...thanks hani

    2 · February 28, 2014

  • Babeesh O.

    Had fun !!

    2 · February 28, 2014

  • Amr

    You may upload up to 5 images in the event folder within 48 hours and the best photo will get a ticket to Joe McNally seminar and the second best photo will get a free full day pass to the GPP Photo Friday event. Both tickets are sponsored by GPP

    February 28, 2014

  • Eslam sayed A.

    Thanks a wonderful trip. I am so happy. Thanks for guys who helped me get off the above of the mountain, and especially UMAIR AR. Thanks Hany really good event

    3 · February 28, 2014

  • Girish

    beautiful and amazing place.. a bit of walk.. bit of trekking.. bit of photography.. nice weather.. nice people.. you guys made my day!! thanks to everyone.. thanks Hani for the wonderful event..

    5 · February 28, 2014

  • Nader Salem Al J.

    I had to leave early for three reasons - first I've Ben awake since yesterday, 2nd I was hungry and 3rd Daniel is not there - JOKING
    But tbh I had so much fun especially when meeting new people, many thanks Hani

    3 · February 28, 2014

  • Al-harith Hassan M.

    Great day, had fun and visited a new place, thanks to all

    2 · February 28, 2014

  • prasad babu v.

    We are at emarat ... But we can't see anyone

    February 28, 2014

    • Faraj

      We are at maliha

      February 28, 2014

    • JZ A.

      Prasad follow the map. We're all here ... Leaving in 5 mins.

      February 28, 2014

  • Hani J

    see all in a couple of hours.. resting time before the meetup.. :)

    1 · February 27, 2014

  • Sam

    My car don't have clearance. .so is there any help from sum1 where I can hop in for this event. Iam ready to come to ur place anytime ...message or whatsapp. ..050 8164635. ..it will be great help...cheers

    February 27, 2014

    • Hani J

      hi shyam.. you can drive your car and park it in the village of shawkah before we drive on the unpaved road

      February 27, 2014

    • Sam

      Ok hani

      February 28, 2014

  • Ahmed W K.

    Sad no one is going from Abu Dhabi city area :(
    Please keep me updated just in case if anyone is going.
    [masked]

    February 27, 2014

  • Ryan G.

    Would love to join.
    Need lift from Mall of Emirates.

    Thanks :)[masked]

    February 27, 2014

    • Fayyaz M.

      Hello Ryan, tried calling you now, but there was no answer. Please do call back.

      1 · February 27, 2014

    • Ryan G.

      Thanks Fayyaz.

      February 27, 2014

  • Virginia R.

    I live in Garhoud if anyone wants a lift

    1 · February 23, 2014

    • Girish

      Sure.. will let you know.. thanks..:)

      February 24, 2014

    • Girish

      @Can you whatzup me @[masked]

      February 27, 2014

  • Sasha M.

    I just realized that I'm attending this even though I don't remember clicking yes lol guess somebody really likes me :P anyway, I'll be coming from Motorcity but can swing thru somewhere and pick someone if needed. Although I can probably fit only one person in the car (small jeep wrangler lol) msg or call me if you want a ride from anywhere starting from Umm suckim/Barsha to meet location. [masked]

    1 · February 27, 2014

  • Al A.

    Hey,
    Will be heading from silicon oasis. But may need a ride for the off road part as the car might not handle it.

    February 27, 2014

  • Ahmed W K.

    Hey,
    Anyone joining from Abu Dhabi city area?

    February 26, 2014

    • Ahmed W K.

      I will be needing lift - if anyone is going from here...

      February 26, 2014

  • Mayssaa K.

    Hey Hani,
    I need a ride from Al warqaa; If anyone is living nearby.
    Thank you

    1 · February 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hello Jonas, could I join you as well from al warqaa? I might have another friend come along...not confirmed yet...

      February 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Sophia and Mayssaa - I'll pick both of you up from outside the big Aswaq Supermarked inside Al Warqaa. Please be on the parking lot outside Aswaq at 4.10am

      February 26, 2014

  • ashok p.

    I need ride from burdubai kindly let me know any one from burdxb[masked]

    February 26, 2014

  • prasad babu v.

    I live in Carrefour market bldg., Al Nahda Sharjah (near lulu) if anyone wants lift...let me know

    2 · February 24, 2014

    • Nirmal D.

      My Cont No. [masked]

      February 26, 2014

    • prasad babu v.

      My contact no is[masked]

      2 · February 26, 2014

  • JZ A.

    66 People! Wow this is turning out to be an other exciting and adventurous event. See you there!

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • Deb

    Hi Hani,
    I want to join but I am at tecom. is there anyone who can give me ride? Please let me know.

    February 25, 2014

    • Hani J

      sure Deb np.. just give me a call[masked]

      February 25, 2014

    • Deb

      thanks hani. will see you at 3.25 am :)

      February 26, 2014

  • Fayyaz M.

    Hi,

    I'll be starting from Al Barsha area. I may have one or two seats in my car. In case anyone would like a ride, please call me/ text on [masked]

    1 · February 25, 2014

  • Shahid H.

    Need a ride from around Deira City Center / DNATA / Clock Tower
    Thanks

    February 22, 2014

    • Hani J

      hey Shahid.. you can contact Virginia she lives nearby and she is offering in her post..

      February 23, 2014

    • Virginia R.

      If you want picking up let me know

      February 24, 2014

  • Hani J

    Event Update:

    By participating in this Photowalk and submitting your best shot you'll have a chance to win a - Joe McNally Seminar: SMALL LIGHTS MADE SIMPLE during the GPP 2014 for the 1st place
    - a PhotoFriday ticket for the 2nd place. Just upload 5 of your best shots before the deadline Sunday 2/03/2014 at 11:59pm.

    3 · February 23, 2014

  • Hani J

    Meet up time has been updated.. We will start gathering at the Meeting Point starting 4am until 5am (1 hour at the station).. the briefing will start at 4:55.. We will be moving 5am sharp..

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Ali K.

    Can you clarify the exact meeting location. Thanks

    1 · January 27, 2014

    • Hani J

      Hello Ali.. the meeting point is the Emarat Petrol station on Maliha road.. I updated the location map

      1 · February 23, 2014

  • Nader Salem Al J.

    If u need a ride from Alain let me know

    2 · February 11, 2014

  • PR K.

    Hi, any one from Shabia, Abu Dhabi can join with me...

    2 · January 13, 2014

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