Hundreds of experienced veterans and first timers alike manoeuvred their reliable SUVs across undulating sand dunes and treacherous terrains
Hundreds of excited desert enthusiasts rolled out there 4x4s and set out for the beautiful desert of Ras Al Khaimah to join the 2023 media Desert Drive on Saturday.
With skills earned through hours of practice, experienced veterans and first timers alike manoeuvred their reliable SUVs across undulating sand dunes and treacherous terrains.
“A lot of desert drive organisers make the mistake to make the trip too complicated and it can get hectic. But media Desert Drive keeps us coming back every year,” said Micheal.
With beautifully structured rest cabins and a property that perfectly balances between the wild desert and the tamed laid path, the participants got the best of both worlds.
“We wanted to experience something different from life in Dubai. The drive being in a convoy with a massive group made it a lot of fun”, said Eimear and Declan, first timers at the KT Desert Drive.
Going into the desert alone is the biggest mistake that people often make, according to deputy marshal Paul.
“It’s a great opportunity to see the desert and the wildlife but the course does increases in difficulty as you progress in the check points. We advise the drivers to take their time on the track and enjoy the experience,” he said.
The desert can be a deceptive terrain with enormous dips and curves hidden behind the dunes you’re driving on. The thrill that comes with adventures unknown is made even sweeter by knowing that if you need them, a large team of experienced marshals are always around to offer support.
“We actually lost our number plate in the dunes when we got stuck a couple of times,” said Saad Hamdan, as he laughed about his misfortune. “But the marshals were right there to help us out of the sand and guided us back onto the track. They made us feel safe out there.”
For repeaters, the KT Desert Drive is the event they looked forward to the entire year. Participants were full of admiration of the track layout and the entertainment set up at the event site.
“We did the KT Desert Drive in 2021 and it was great so we thought to make a weekend out of it this year as well. It’s a pretty relaxed drive with how organised the track is,” said Jason and Keira.