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A Basic Guide To Off-Roading & Code Of Conduct In The Desert

In our previous blog, we explored some of the best off-road trails in the UAE for beginners and experts. However, it’s always worth going through some basic rules for off-roading near Dubai and Sharjah. So, today, we are listing something you can refer to as a code of conduct in the desert, along with some of the basics you should know before you take your 4WD vehicle for a spin.

What You Need To Have For Safe Off-Roading In The UAE

Before we start listing the actual rules you should follow when off-roading, let’s list some things you’ll need to have for a safe experience off the beaten path.

If you are a beginner, you must have the following:

  • A decent off-road car that has a four-wheel drive (4WD) – some of the best cars for off-road adventures in the UAE are Jeep Wrangler, Nissan Patrol, Toyota Land Cruiser, Mitsubishi Pajero, Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Defender, Dodge Ram, Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Nissan Armada, Ford F-150 Raptor, etc.
  • A set of good tyres suitable for the desert – you can always shop off-road tyres at our website.
  • A full tank of petrol (your car will use much more fuel when you are off-roading).
  • A properly working cooling system so that your car doesn’t overheat.
  • Basic equipment such as an air compressor, deflating device, spare tyre, tow rope, and shackle.
  • A first-aid kit.
  • A mobile phone with car charger.
  • Lastly, we recommend going with at least one other car or experienced driver, just in case you need an extra pull when stuck.

Off-Road Code Of Conduct & Ethics

  1. Obey the laws and regulations for Recreational Vehicles that apply to public lands.
  2. Respect the cultural, heritage, and environmental values of public/private land by obeying restrictions that may apply.
  3. Respect our flora and fauna. Stop and look, but never disturb.
  4. Keep to formed vehicle tracks.
  5. Keep the environment clean. Carry your own, and any other, rubbish out.
  6. Keep your vehicle mechanically sound and clean to reduce the environmental impact.
  7. Adopt minimal impact camping and driving practices.
  8. Seek permission before driving on private land. Do not disturb livestock and leave gates as you found them.
  9. Take adequate water, food, fuel, basic spares, and a first aid kit on trips. In remote areas, travel with another vehicle or more experienced passengers.
  10. Plan ahead and organize trip details with a responsible person.
  11. Enjoy your recreation and respect the rights of others.
  12. Support four-wheel drive touring as a legitimate family activity.
  13. Consider joining an affiliated four-wheel drive club. We will be listing the best clubs to join in some of our next guides.

Additional Resources For UAE Off-Road Enthusiasts

If you have never tried off-roading and want to enjoy a safe yet exciting adventure, you should know that the adrenaline rush is real. And if you want some professional guidance during your off-road adventure in the UAE, it is best to take some introductory course from a reputable institute. You can also consider going with someone more experienced as a passenger, before deciding to drive your vehicle to the desert.

If owning a 4WD is a costly investment to you, there are always options to rent a 4WD for off-roading. When in Dubai, you can rent a sturdy 4x4 vehicle and take it to the desert – some of the most common places are the same car rentals that offer motorbikes and quads.