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Old 26th December 2008, 18:51   #46
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Take your family and friends on a camping trip just off the Khorfakkan beach, there's a nice lagoon there, enchanting place to camp. They'll all thank you for buying an offroader!!
Done that, but this time we'll be on our own so yes it will be fun. Already on the list!

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Your car will open up so much in terms of what's so beautiful about Dubai and its environs.
And that is the whole idea - mall crawling is okay for the first 6 months, but after that you've been to all the malls and found that every mall has the same stores. Weekends get really boring, and while taking the bike out is always an option the family cant join me on two wheels.

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Do avoid venturing into the desert alone though. Always carry a GPS if you are not too familiar as in no time the tracks get blown away. Its always safer to have atleast one more offroader as invariably you need help as you bottom out on a dune crest or get bogged down in the super soft sand in a bowl
Noted. A GPS unit also came with the vehicle, so thats taken care of.

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BTW The one thing I regret not doing while living in the UAE is crossing the desert beyond Abu Dhabi. Its one of the deadliest stretches of deserts in the world and has the reputation of killing many a traveller attempting to cross it in the days of just camels. I think its called Liwa? (I forget the name) They also refer to it as the fourth quarter or something like that (geez I am getting old forgetting all the names) You'd need to do this in a convoy of offroaders though as apparently its fool hardy to attempt this alone. The dunes are monstrosities there apparently
The EMPTY Quarter, not the fourth quarter. Been there once, its VERY beautiful but also very scary when you think of getting lost there. The chap who's doing the 'handholding' for me is a Liwa veteren.
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Would like some pictures of the EMPTY quarter! Just to understand the Terrain etc.

So Steeroid, are you going to go offroad in the landy? Have fun, Drive Safe!

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More than anything else, get your bazooka and get us some detailed pics please Inside out, over and under the hood and chassis.
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Great looking vehcile man. How come it has full time 4x4.? was is modded.
This one is a 4 speeder or 5 speeder.?
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Fantastic! Chalo at least you still get to stay in the house & still enjoy the car!!
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@Iraghava,

Well said; here is one guy who get to have the best of both worlds!

@Steeriod,

May I remind you that you have got yourself a hell lot of work to do on hand! Long time outstanding promises!

Guess a 'Steeroid needs a Assistant' drive is needed, to get you someone to write all those adventure and also help you in the photography during your outings.
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Old 27th December 2008, 11:18   #52
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The EMPTY Quarter, not the fourth quarter. Been there once, its VERY beautiful but also very scary when you think of getting lost there. The chap who's doing the 'handholding' for me is a Liwa veteren.
Ah! Thanks for the clarification. In the 90's when I was there I had once read of a foreign team that crossed it in a convoy. I never met anyone who had, including the locals I knew. Someday it would be fun to come there and do this.

PS Just remembered in Arabic they call this the Rub-Al-Khali

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Would like some pictures of the EMPTY quarter!
The Rub-al-khali or the Empty Quarter apparently is the world's largest sand desert with a size equivalent to the combined area of France Belgium and Holland.

I remember I first heard about this region through excerpts from the book Across the Empty Quarter by the famous Arabian world explorer Wilfred Thesiger

Here's a picture of this magnificent land

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Steerbhai Congrats on your latest Tata.
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@ Steeriod
Great looking vehcile man. How come it has full time 4x4.? was is modded.
This one is a 4 speeder or 5 speeder.?
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Great looking vehcile man. How come it has full time 4x4.? was is modded.
This one is a 4 speeder or 5 speeder.?
You asked me the same question twice, I owe you an answer:

4WD is permanent on the Defender (and on all LRs, if I'm not mistaken). The only option you have is to select High/Low/Neutral (neutral - no drive to ANY wheel) and lock differential.
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What an acquisition, Santosh! You are really living life king-size.

So, how exactly did you ward off those 'indecent' proposals? With a firm NO, or a grin?
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Here's a picture of this magnificent land
One more from NASA's Earth Observatory - a truly breathtaking picture:

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Great buy!! Congratulations dude..

I am sooooo jealous!
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Congrats Steer. Good buy more so since you didnot get to see the dog house. Gr8 mate. Do utilize it as it is supposed to be. How come any quarter is still devoid of a bhpian?
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Congrats Steer! Thats one swell vehicle. Happy Desert Bashing. How about going to Leh on it
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