Intermediate Starfish Dunes Overnight Trip to Oman.

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Intermediate Starfish Dunes Overnight Trip to Oman.

Post by Ahmad Pervez » Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:58 pm

Starfish Dunes Drive in Oman!!!

Starfish dunes are big pyramidal dunes that lie south west of Jebel Hafeet in Al'Ain just across the border in Oman. They are remarkably beautiful dune formations surrounded by a sea of smaller dunes. The starfish name comes from the fact that when you look at this dunes from above, they look like a starfish. It is a great, read Challenging, area for offroading!

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The plan is to visit this great area and drive from big dune to big dune until we find a suitable camp site (around 17:00), camp, continue driving next day and finally finish around 14:00. Camping is mandatory for this trip. We will do at least 150Kms off road. Please plan your fuel accordingly (extra fuel is highly recommended).

Meeting point: Mezyad Petrol station (N24 01.829 E55 50.684) at 9am Friday 26th.
Mezyad Petrol to starting point: 11km
Mezyad Petrol though starfish dunes to Mezyad Petrol: 150km
Finish Point: N23 43.318 E55 54.205 at 14:00 Saturday 27th
Level: Intermediate+
Maximum number of cars: 7+ 1 Lead


The meeting point is approximately 147 KM from Dubai. Please allow 2 hours or so just to get there. It is through Al'Ain and just before the border. We can refuel here and cross the border although fuel is 30% cheaper in Oman. Once over the border, we refuel and then it’s straight off into the Dunes.

Escape Routes: The area is crossed by a series of ‘tongues’ and stretches of sabkhah as we progress southwards. The escape options are to head to the nearest sabkhah and heading eastwards we hit the main road.

Equipment:
As well as the clubs mandatory gear. Please make sure you have plenty of fluids for yourself, passengers and your car. Bring spare Oil, Coolant, Brake fluid, hose clips and some strong hose tape. Sand ladders may be useful, too. Radios are mandatory. Spare fuel might also be needed for those of us with small tanks (Jeeps) or who like to play a lot or have a heavy right foot!!!

Paperwork: You will need passports with valid residence Visa for self and your passengers, your car registration and proof of Omani car insurance. We will need to get OMANI visas at the border and they will want to see that you have Omani insurance before they will let you across. Insurance can be paid for at the boarder if needed.

Cost:
UAE exit stamp: 35AED, Oman visa: 50AED.
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Re: Intermediate Starfish Dunes Overnight Trip to Oman.

Post by Ahmad Pervez » Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:53 pm

The number of stipulated members for this drive has already been exceeded.
Further Registrations are thus closed.
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Re: Intermediate Starfish Dunes Overnight Trip to Oman.

Post by Ahmad Pervez » Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:53 pm

I guess each one of us should be totally prepared, both individually as well as collectively.
Each one of us should have at least 4L of water per-head Plus food Plus 2 bundles of firewood.
Extra fuel will be nice, too, for Jeepers Specially!!!
Just make sure that the Fuel is in airtight containers and is secured properly OUTSIDE the vehicle's cabin. Carrying Fuel inside the Car is an absolute No No!!!
So...See you all at Mezyad then??? Friday Morning!!!
BTW...there is some development on the weather front and there might be some Rain on Friday Night in Al'Ain...and we are not very far from Al'Ain...so be...prepared!!!
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Post by khshareef » Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:06 pm

Ahmed Bhai,

I am sorry. Unfortunately i may have to miss this wonderful drive due to some sudden commitments.
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Re: Intermediate Starfish Dunes Overnight Trip to Oman.

Post by Ricardo » Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:22 pm

Predictions for Friday night

Lo 22°
RealFeel® 21°
Precipitation 8%

It looks like it is quite unlikely we'll get wet :-) It is however recommended to check the weather forecast tomorrow.

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Post by brianj » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:25 pm

Ricardo wrote:Predictions for Friday night

Lo 22°
RealFeel® 21°
Precipitation 8%

It looks like it is quite unlikely we'll get wet :-) It is however recommended to check the weather forecast tomorrow.

:-BD :-BD

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Re: Intermediate Starfish Dunes Overnight Trip to Oman.

Post by brianj » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:41 pm

Ahmad Pervez wrote:Starfish Dunes Drive in Oman!!!

It is a great, read Challenging, area for offroading!

Sounds like we are good to go: 2 DO Marshall's + 3 advanced DO's + 3 DO intermediates including a winch-man lots of good humour and a couple of bundles of wood for a fire to keep Ghost Town spirits back in the UAE and not on this trip yay :D

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Re: Intermediate Starfish Dunes Overnight Trip to Oman.

Post by Ahmad Pervez » Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:55 pm

brianj wrote:
Ahmad Pervez wrote:Starfish Dunes Drive in Oman!!!

It is a great, read Challenging, area for offroading!

Sounds like we are good to go: 2 DO Marshall's + 3 advanced DO's + 3 DO intermediates including a winch-man lots of good humour and a couple of bundles of wood for a fire to keep Ghost Town spirits back in the UAE and not on this trip yay :D
Who is the winchman in the group?
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Re: Intermediate Starfish Dunes Overnight Trip to Oman.

Post by brianj » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:37 am

Ahmad Pervez wrote:
brianj wrote:
Ahmad Pervez wrote:Starfish Dunes Drive in Oman!!!

It is a great, read Challenging, area for offroading!

Sounds like we are good to go: 2 DO Marshall's + 3 advanced DO's + 3 DO intermediates including a winch-man lots of good humour and a couple of bundles of wood for a fire to keep Ghost Town spirits back in the UAE and not on this trip yay :D
Who is the winchman in the group?

Carl, AKA 'Plowboy' has just fitted a 1200lbs Warn to his beast, he's lifted it too, nice job :) ,

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Re: Intermediate Starfish Dunes Overnight Trip to Oman.

Post by GKumar » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:39 am

brianj wrote:Carl, AKA 'Plowboy' has just fitted a 1200lbs Warn to his beast, he's lifted it too, nice job :)
Yup!!! :-BD
BTW, its no more a wrangler, its something else :D
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