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OffRoad Guide for UAE Desert

OffRoad with OutQore in Liwa 2022

Offroading in the UAE desert requires specialized equipment and gear to ensure safety, comfort, and vehicle performance in challenging conditions. Here are essential items for desert offroading:

Company:
Never ever go offroading on your own, even advanced drivers travel in groups. It is advisable to be in a group of three vehicles with a minimum of four people.

Know your Emergency #s:
In case of an emergency where medical assistance is required immediately dial 999 in remote areas where there is no phone signal.

Environment:
Never throw or leave your trash behind especially single use plastics as they are extremely harmful. Expect to encounter insects, reptiles and arachnids at any point through your journey especially if you’re planning to camp.

OffRoad Capable Vehicle:
Choose a capable off-road vehicle with features like four-wheel drive (4WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), high ground clearance, durable suspension, and skid plates for undercarriage protection.

Flag mount:
It is imperative to have a flag mount along with a flag attached onto your vehicle to ensure that you are visible at all times especially when it gets windy.

Tire Deflators and Compressor:
Use tire deflators to lower tire pressure for better traction on sand. Carry a portable air compressor to reinflate tires once you’re back on solid ground.

Navigation Tools:
Basic sense of direction is required to know your way around (sunset and sunrise direction are just a few simple examples). Have reliable navigation tools, such as GPS devices, maps, and a compass.
Familiarize yourself with the terrain and plan your route in advance.

Communication Devices:
You should expect that many areas won’t have Internet coverage so download an offline map just as a backup.Bring communication devices like a two-way radio or a satellite phone for emergencies. In remote desert areas, cell phone coverage may be limited.

Emergency Kit:
Pack a comprehensive emergency kit with first aid supplies, basic tools, camping matches and a lighter, powerful led flashlight, Swiss pocket knife (multi tool), extra batteries, and a UV (ultra violet) flashlight.

Extra Fuel and Water:
Always carry additional reliable fuel containers and make sure your jerry cans are reliable, don’t expect to find a gas station in remote desert areas! Ensure an ample supply of drinking water to stay hydrated.

Essential Gear:
1) Shovel
A sturdy shovel can be useful for digging out sand or creating a path for your vehicle.

2) Sand Ladders or Traction Mats
Sand ladders or traction mats can provide additional traction in soft sand, helping your vehicle gain traction and move forward.

3) High-Lift Jack
A high-lift jack is versatile for lifting your vehicle in challenging terrain, such as sand dunes.You ma want to consider having short lift jacks

4) Recovery Gear
Carry recovery gear, including a sturdy recovery strap, winch, D-rings, and heavy duty gloves. These items are essential for pulling a stuck vehicle out of sand or mud.

5) Vehicle Maintenance Supplies
Carry basic vehicle maintenance supplies, such as spare parts, fluids, and tools, to address minor issues on the trail.

Cooler:
Keep a cooler with snacks and additional water to stay nourished and hydrated during your offroad adventure.

Sun Protection:
Protect yourself from the intense desert sun with sunscreen, sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and lightweight, long-sleeved clothing.

Camping Equipment (if applicable):
If you plan to camp in the desert, bring appropriate camping gear, including a tent, sleeping bag, and cooking supplies.

Proper Clothing:
Wear suitable clothing for desert conditions, including sturdy closed-toe shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt to protect against sun exposure and potential hazards.

Cooking & Food:
There is no harm in leaving suitable leftover food around any shrubs or trees (not all foods are suitable – rice, bread and any sort of fruits and vegetables are suitable). Be considerate about other future visitors using your same spot, so always leave your area as you’d like to find it!

Fireplace – Bonfire:
If you decide to set a cozy bonfire to enjoy the company with some snacks, make sure that you turn out the fire before leaving. After that is complete, ensure that you cover up the bonfire with additional sand to ensure it cools off and safely isolated away from any one passing on foot or even driving through in a vehicle.

Always check local regulations and obtain necessary permits before venturing into desert areas. Inform someone of your travel plans and expected return time, and consider traveling with a group for added safety. Being well-prepared is crucial for a successful and safe desert offroading experience.

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