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UAE

01/2015 Our UAE story started with a lot of stress because our cars were pending somewhere between Iran and the UAE. As soon as we landed we headed straight to the Mina Rashid Port because that was the port that our cars supposedly had arrived. To cut the story short,...
Chapter 17/UAE

Chapter 17/UAE

Kept you waiting?Well here it is………. Our UAE story started with a lot of stress because our cars were pending somewhere between Iran and the UAE. As I mentioned in the Oman Chapter, as soon as we landed we headed straight to the Mina Rashid Port...
Chapter16/Oman

Chapter16/Oman

As the plane landed in Dubai airport, we put behind the good and the bad of our adventure in Iran and said hello to the UAE. We spent the next 3 days in Mina Rashid Port trying to get the cars out of Customs but for more details about this in our next post with the...
Into the desert with Desert Diva

Into the desert with Desert Diva

Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, there are not a lot of other “overlanders” in the UAE. There are many people who own 4x4s in UAE, and lots of people go driving in the desert on a regular basis, but the number of other traveller types seems to be low. I...
Desert trails

Desert trails

Another night that reminded us that we weren’t all that far from civilisation. As we were dropping off to sleep, we were shocked awake by the sounds of engines! My first thought was that we hadn’t avoided the dune bashers afterall. Fortunately, it turned...
Northern Emirates exploration

Northern Emirates exploration

The quiet wadi we thought we had found was surprisingly busy. Local cars shuttled between the main road and the settlement near us – we waved good naturedly as the cars flowed in either direction. In the the morning, the vehicles started up again, but this time...
On the road again

On the road again

There are three types of scenery in the Gulf States: desert sands, mountains, and beaches. Our preference is mountains. For us there is no appeal in ‘dune bashing’ – going up and down sand dunes. It seems a bit repetitive. Beaches are good as destinations – a place to...
Turkey

Turkey

Our remaining Iranian crony made a running jump out of the car as the border gates between Iran and Turkey rolled back to save himself from the temptations of the other side. A kindly Turkish border officer greeted us with big smile and a chuckle.  It seems the relief...

April 2012 update

The last weeks have been busy. We have been very fortunate that we have been able  to give numerous presentations at schools, universities and companies, and hopefully, with our inspiration, these entities will now do more to care for the environment and reduce their...
Saudi…..

Saudi…..

Saudi Arabia   Saudi, Saudi, Saudi………………. I won’t forget a quote from the Saudi King in 1930 –  ”My Kingdom will survive only insofar as it remains a country difficult to access, where the foreigner will have no other aim, with his task fulfilled, but to get...
Merawah Marine Biosphere Reserve

Merawah Marine Biosphere Reserve

Last weekend we went to visit the UAE’s only UNESCO recognized biosphere reserve: the Merawah Marine Biosphere Reserve. Biosphere reserves are sites established by countries and recognized under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme to promote sustainable...