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Let's Drive - Gulf News Fun Drive Revisited & More

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We are heading to the golden sands again! This time Let’s Drive re-traces the best sections of this year’s Gulf News Fun Drive around the Hameem/ Al Hamra/ Asab/ Liwa area.

We’ll leave Dubai in the evening of Thursday and have dinner on the way to our camping spot near Al Fathiya (225 km from Dubai World Trade Center). After a refreshing night’s sleep, we’ll set the wheels rolling over the silky dunes on Friday morning. The desert track is about 160 km long and the terrain varies from undulating flats to breathtaking falls, so come equipped with a high-clearance 4x4 car, proper gear and good desert driving skills.

During the trail, the convoy will make several pit-stops for food & drinks, photo-ops and ‘play-around-in-the-sandy-ground’. The drive will end at the designated point and we will head home in the evening (return trip: 320 km)

Event highlights:
Western Region (Al Gharbia) | Long Drive (700+ km total circuit) | Moderate to Advanced Desert Trail | Camping.

Important Notes:
1- Only 4x4 cars with high ground clearance and fully equipped with front and back tow hooks, radio, deflator/ compressor, recovery belt and proper gear are allowed.
2- You should be at least an intermediate/ moderate level desert driver to be considered for this drive.
3- RSVP only if you can attend. Withdrawal after RSVP closure will amount to ‘No Show’.
4- All RSVP’s will be routed to the Waitlist, and the Organizers will make the final selection of attendees based on the driver and car profile.
5- No "open passengers list" for this drive. Drivers may bring their own guests.
6- If you wish to ride with someone, ask them first, then RSVP by including the driver’s name (or else you will be on the Wait-list forever).
7- There is no barbecue on this trip; make your own arrangements for food and drinks.
8- Meeting points/ details will be shared with the confirmed attendees on our trip WhatsApp group.

What to Bring:
1- Enough food/ snacks and water/ drinks for the duration of the drive.
2- Radio, deflator, air compressor, recovery belt/ tow rope, tent, chair & camping gear, LED light/ torch, warm clothing/ sleeping bag (very important)
3- It is a L-O-N-G desert track, so if your car does not have a Godzilla-size fuel tank, please bring a jerry can. Either fill-up in advance or at the ADNOC station near the starting point.
4- Fire wood (at least 1 bundle per car)
5- Shisha
6- Sun protection / any medication you need.
7- The Bedouin spirit 

* Always remember; Take Pictures and Happy Memories, Leave Footprints! (We take all our garbage back, always leave nature as you found it… or better!)

Important Links:

Off-road Equipment:
http://www.meetup.com/LetsDrive/pages/Off-roading_Equipment/
2 Way Radio Info:
http://www.meetup.com/LetsDrive/pages/Walkie_Talkie/
GPS Devices / Apps:
http://www.meetup.com/LetsDrive/pages/Global_Positioning_System_(GPS)/
Off-road / Camping / Vehicle Accessories Suppliers:
http://www.meetup.com/LetsDrive/pages/Accessories_Suppliers/

Disclaimer – please read carefully:

By accepting to participate in this event, You agree that:
(a) Acceptance of your RSVP is only notional, and the Organizers reserve the right to select the final list of attendees.
(b) You are above 18 years of age, and in case you are bringing family or guests below 18, they shall be accompanied by you at all times and remain your sole responsibility.
(c) You have joined us voluntarily and you have the required skills, licenses and permits to be on this trip.
(d) Let’s Drive or the organizers do not hold any responsibility for loss or damage of property (vehicle, gear etc.).
(e) You are responsible for your own safety and any act of negligence by You that endangers the safety of fellow passenger(s) or others.
(f) You give explicit consent to Let’s Drive and the organizers that any photos or videos of you and/or your family/ guests/ pet/ car/ gear taken on this trip (or an earlier trip), whether by the organizers or an attendee may be freely shared, used or published by Let’s Drive or the organizers in any form – print or digital – and/or posted on the group’s social media pages (Meetup/ Facebook/ Whatsapp/ Twitter/ Instagram/ Youtube and the like) for the purposes of illustration, promotion, branding, advertising or marketing or record and You explicitly waive any rights whatsoever to challenge or bring an action against Let’s Drive or the organizers/ hosts for use of such media for the stated purposes.