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Old 12th May 2009, 02:47   #1
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Default Liwa - The last Crusade

This was in March last year. It was getting hotter by the week. We did a last night camp out in the Liwa desert, a drive of 250 Km in the harsh empty quarters bordering Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia, where we also spotted some beautiful Desert Gazelle early morning after our camp out.

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Old 12th May 2009, 03:34   #2
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More pictures of the camp out, barbecue, campfire and entertainment in the Desert.

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Drool stuff. Keep them coming mate. More of the drives in those sands will be much appreciated.
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Old 12th May 2009, 10:57   #4
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Awesome stuff. My fried moved here from Dubai and he keeps telling me about the desert trips they did in his Cherokee. Is driving in the desert very hard? And what vehicles do best in those conditions? All said, the UAE desert must be an awesome place for a 4WDing/camping trip. Someday!
The pictures are a treat. A little trip log would be appreciated
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I will post some trip logs. Meanwhile browse through my website Emarat4x4.com the new avtar of Dubai Desert Club. Trip reviews and albums of trip pictures are filed there.
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The baby gazelle is just too cute. Give us some details of the rides and their specs as well. It will be interesting.
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Fj Cruiser, Petrol V6 Toyota IGRFE Engine 4000 cc 239 bhp
Prado same except 262 BHP
My SWB Prado, 5VZFE Petrol V6 3400 cc, 200 bhp, turbo booster + 80 bhp, fox exaust and K & N intake + 20 bhp.
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that seems like a very fun filled outing @Desertfox. Really liked it.

just one small question though

do you guys have to arrange for the camping equipment/bar-be-que/and those lovely dancers etc.

or was it organised by some trip management people ?
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The baby gazelle is just too cute. Give us some details of the rides and their specs as well. It will be interesting.
I feel, THE BELLY DANCING BABY GAZELLE IS JUST TOO CUTER. As your request for details comes right after the reference to the baby gazelle, whose rides and specs please specify, prince.

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We carry the tent, water, food etc. in our cars. Landcruisers have plenty of space in the back, particularly the long wheel base ones.

Even in my SWB Prado, the rear seats fold up flat giving plenty of cargo space for tent, air mattress, ice box, rescue equipment, food, barbecue grill and firewood if it is to carried and the navigator seat is for the Belly Dancer of course!

On a more serious note : These trips have an element of surprise. The camping spot is so chosen that although the off road drivers approach it from the desert, actually it is close to a tarmac road. In this case it was 5 km from tarmac and 2 km from a graded track. Surrounded by dunes, the graded track s not visible.

We had a Toyota Hi Ace van come in direct from Dubai at 3 PM with the food, camp servants, catering equipment, firewood, some extra tables and chairs. Two of my Marshals broke off early from the 2nd last picture and drinks stop, took the tarmac which was just 2 km from our approach track and ferried the entire equipment from the hi ace van to the campimg spot.

Tour operators have permanent camps made from thatched straw and date palm leaves. Going to their camps for overnighters is not so much fun, and all such camps are close to urban centres, say 15 to 20 km from Dubai or Abu Dhabi or Doha, not 200 kms into Rab Al Khali ( The empty quarters ). This camp is just 3 Km south of the UAE / Saudi border, nearest civilisation, a town of 6 to 8 small houses in 150 km away.
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Nice pics Shahid bhai, camp looks good too
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