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A 4x4 adventure in the Middle East - drive or ride!


Have you always dreamt of four-wheeling through stunning sand dunes?  A jeep safari adventure in the Middle East is the answer.  Whether you're in the United Arab Emirates on vacation, a business trip, or here as a resident, there are options to experience four-wheeling excitement.  The Abu Dhabi 4x4 Club is the largest off-road club in the Middle East with 5000 plus members.  It is a non-profit club established to teach off-road driving skills.  For beginners and experts alike, you're able to rent a 4x4 for a day or a month and learn new skills or hone your aptitude while driving with the Abu Dhabi 4x4 Club.  There are five classes in the club and you enter as a Newbee but may work your way up to the coveted Marshal Status.

Four-wheeling in the Middle East
Cathy Cooper

Now, if visiting Abu Dhabi or the UAE for a corporate engagement and wanting to add spice to the trip, the Abu Dhabi 4x4 Club can escort patrons on a four-wheeling adventure setting up a campfire, buffet, camp beds under the stars, complete with belly dancing entertainment.  Treks, team building events and group parties can also be arranged.  The entertainment doesn't end with the four-wheeling itself.  The Marshals themselves are a hoot while being highly skilled drivers.

Hani, the club manager is nicknamed "Antrax" from his DJ days years ago.  Imad, nicknamed "Bad to the Bone" has a real job as a business development officer for a financial institution, but he'd rather be out four-wheeling with this impressive group of drivers.  Siad, "Bulldozer", is another excellent instructor - he is also a Marshal for the Formula 1 stop at the Abu Dhabi Etihad Grand Prix.  (Checking out the Yas Marina Circuit where the Formula 1 race is held is an adventure in itself!)


  • S. Ladlaw 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing Cathy. I would love to do this one day as I've always been drawn to that part of the world. Sounds like the guys running the show are lots of fun!

  • Nancy Zorzi 5 years ago

    Cathy - you share some really interesting and unique adventures. I will def. look up this group the next time I'm in the area!

  • Said Alkailani 5 years ago

    Cathy thanks u made blushing with these nice things, she forget to tell u that i am a Crew Engineer fix big jet Aircraft's, so far we are doing a great job introducing our beautiful desert to the world, as much we enjoy it we like others to do, Nancy & ladlaw u are welcome at any time of the year yes even in the Hot summer we still GO, if like moderate weather just pop-in in Nov till Apr

  • Nancy Zorzi 4 years ago

    Thanks Cathy. I wish I knew about this the last time I was in the Middle East!

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