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!
Description Of Event:
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
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.
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.
UAE exit stamp: 35AED, Oman visa: 50AED.