There aren’t many other events in Dubai’s calendar that have garnered as much support and excitement as the Gulf News Fun Drive. It started off way back in 1986 with just 75 four-wheel drive vehicles participating — but over the years, the off-roading extravaganza has grown tremendously in popularity that the number of vehicles and participants had to be capped.

The 38th edition of the overnight desert bash, which will take place on January 11 and 12, will see over 850 four-wheel drive vehicles taking on the daunting dunes of Liwa Desert in the Western Region.

The route, set by John Spiller, Route Director of the event for four years (interview on Page 7), will begin at Al Fathiya and end at the iconic Moreeb Dune, which at a height of over 300 metres and an incline of 50 degrees is considered the world’s tallest and toughest sand dune.

The route is roughly 260 kilometres in total, and is divided into eight sections, which according to the organisers’ estimate can be covered in eight hours, even taking into consideration that a good number of participants will be amateurs experiencing desert driving conditions for the first time.

As with the previous editions, amenities at the camp this year will include community tents, food & beverages and live entertainment.

If you are participating in the event, then be sure to check out the handy Do’s and Don’ts (Page 9) for several driving tips that’ll help to keep you safe and sound.