Salalah Exploration - August 18th - 25th

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Salalah Exploration - August 18th - 25th

Post by matthewficco » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:02 am

Day and date: Friday August 18th - Friday August 25th (or any part of the week as your schedule requires)
Drive Type: All Level Camping & Sightseeing/Exploration Adventure
Meeting Point: In front of Chuck E Cheese at Dubai Outlet Malls E66
Google maps users (just copy and paste in Google maps): N25.07230° E55.40195°
GPS users: 25°04'20.3"N 55°24'07.0"E
Meeting Time: 5:00 am on Friday August 18th (I know it is early but it will help us arrive at our camp at a decent hour)
Drive Start: 5:00 am on Friday August 18th
Drive End: Friday August 25th with option to exit earlier if your schedule requires
Duration: 7+/- days
Drive Route: Dubai, UAE to Salalah, Oman and back
Drive Terrain: Very long stints on tarmac, mountains, graded tracks, wadis, beaches, rocky tracks (no sand dunes)


Let's escape the UAE heat and enjoy the cooler climate of Salalah during its Khareef season. This trip is open to all DO members and their families and will be exciting for both Salalah first-timers as well as repeaters! We will plan for 7 days of driving, exploring, sightseeing, and camping in and around Salalah and the wider Dhofar region.

A brief outline of the trip is as follows:

Day 1 – Dubai to Ras Madrakah Beach
We will drive approximately 10 hours to reach our first campsite on a beach along the coastal road to Salalah. This will help break up the long drive so that we do not have to drive in one shot all the way

Day 2 – Ras Madrakah to Mirbat
We will continue along the coastal road enroute to Sadah where we will drive on mountainous wadi tracks along the coast and will camp again in a lovely coved beach area

Day 3 Onwards
We will explore various mountains, waterfalls, beaches, and various other sites throughout the Salalah/Dhofar region. We will mainly be on the roads less travelled and will camp in secluded sites away from the crowds. We will hit different sites from our trip last year so even if you were on the trip last year, there will be more to discover this year.

Key things to bring
1) A very reliable 4x4. This is a long, demanding trip and you need to have complete faith in your ride.
2) Petrol stations are generally available but are few and far between. We plan to stop at almost everyone as you never know how far for the next one. 1 jerry can is required nonetheless to be safe.
3) Working spare tire and lug wrench or other tools to be able to remove/change the tire
4) Spare fluids, belts, hoses, etc
5) Shops are very basic like your typical small grocery shops. ALL food and drink for the whole trip for each car and passengers should be carried. We will be able to re-load with ice at the grocery stores but we must bring cool boxes full of food and drink for the full trip
6) All camping gear, tents, cooking utensils, warm clothes, waterproof jackets, etc
7) Two tarps for each tent: 1 for under the tent and one for over the tent. Even if it doesn’t rain it will be foggy and misty
8) 1 bundle of firewood for each night from each car. We will want to have both night time fires and morning fires. It is very nice to wake up and have morning breakfast around a fire in this climate.
9) All other offroad/recovery gear you would normally carry.
10) A complete first aid kit and lots of insect repellant, insect bite cream, sun screen, etc.
11) Costs: You will need to budget approximately AED 1,000 for fuel depending on how thirsty your car gets; visa to leave UAE is AED 35/person and to enter Oman is AED 50/person; all of your food and supply requirements
12) DO club fee: AED 350 per adult (children are free). This fee goes directly to our club and helps offset its various operating costs

This will be a great trip but will require preparation and stocking up on supplies so plan early. I make the assumption that participants of this trip have camped out in the wild before having to be completely self-sufficient so the list above of requirements is not exhaustive. If however, this would be a new/first-time experience for you, please reach out to me directly to answer any questions that you may have or help you with your preparation!

I look forward to exploring Salalah with you!!

Matt



Checklist:
a) Keep your emergency contact info at vehicle dashboard.
b) Carry air compressor with you and ensure it’s in working condition.
c) Ensure your 4x4 vehicle is in perfect condition and with enough fuel.
d) Compatible Radio is a must.
e) Carry all necessary off-road gear / recovery equipment in good working condition.
f) Carry enough water / refreshments / re-hydration drinks for self & co-passenger(s).
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Re: Salalah Exploration - August 18th - 25th

Post by Asim » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:11 am

only if i cud get these many days off :-ss :-ss :-ss :(( :(( :((
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Re: Salalah Exploration - August 18th - 25th

Post by Pierre2016 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:53 am

This has to be a fantastic trip. Looking forward to it.

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Re: Salalah Exploration - August 18th - 25th

Post by khaledibd » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:53 am

You can consider me in

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Re: Salalah Exploration - August 18th - 25th

Post by extensive7 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:30 pm

Am sure it's going to be great.
Which border crossing will go through ?

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Re: Salalah Exploration - August 18th - 25th

Post by Sahil Trehan » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:57 pm

I'm sure this is going to be a great one!! Unfortunately I would be travelling during those dates..
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Re: Salalah Exploration - August 18th - 25th

Post by matthewficco » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:09 am

Asim wrote:
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:11 am
only if i cud get these many days off :-ss :-ss :-ss :(( :(( :((
Join for half of the week then....you can leave the trip at any point that you need.
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Re: Salalah Exploration - August 18th - 25th

Post by matthewficco » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:11 am

extensive7 wrote:
Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:30 pm
Am sure it's going to be great.
Which border crossing will go through ?
Mezyad...so you could meet us at the border instead of coming to Dubai
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Re: Salalah Exploration - August 18th - 25th

Post by Evosound » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:03 pm

Hi Matt when would be the closing date for this trip? My truck is in having a warranty repair done to it and I haven't got a fixed date for when I can pick it up.

Funny thing is I have already booked these dates off to do the exact same trip before the truck went in lol

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Re: Salalah Exploration - August 18th - 25th

Post by matthewficco » Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:14 am

Hey Rob,

You are welcome to join up to the last minute. ...even thereafter in the case you may want to join us a day or so after we depart. Keep me posted on the truck's progress and we will try to make it happen.
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