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Desert Driving Training

Remember the dune bashing during our desert safari? This time it was our turn! We did not just want to join some arbitrary fun course. Our personal goal was to really understand how to drive in desert. Therefore, we signed up for a one day Desert Driving Course at the Emirates Driving Institute – the offical driving school.

Our course started with a theory session where we learned about 4×4 technique, driving modes (low range / high range), which gear to use when (totally different from driving on the road!), recovery and even survival in desert. Then we did our practical training with a Nissan Patrol with manual transmission. At the beginning we had to recover our stuck car without digging. Then we started with driving. It takes a while until you trust your car. Like I already wrote in the Overnight Desert Safari post, it constantly feels like you are rolling over, especially when turning the car in a steep dune. You have to drive them at full throttle to use the centrifugal force even though your brain tells you to slow down.

Anyway, at the end of the day we were both able to master the dunes. Thanks to our instructor, he was very passionate and friendly and had a lot of practical advises. I am sure this was not our last offroad experience :-)

- Bernd -

The new and the old Dubai

The Emirates in general and especially Dubai has been on my list for a few years now so I was very happy when we went there in February. It is impressive seeing what people have built from scratch in only a few decades. Before the sixties Dubai was a little Bedouin settlement. Then oil was discovered and the production brought wealth to not only the three Emirates which own oil themselves but also to the other four including Dubai. Today Dubai stands for luxury and I admit that I have never seen so many Rolls Royces, Bentleys and Aston Martins at one place. The view from the top of Burj Khalifa, tallest building in the world, was amazing. On the other hand this Disneyland-like kind of entertainment becomes boring quite soon. We felt relieved when we spent a day at “The Creek” which is the old and genuine part of Dubai. We also decided to make another daytrip from Dubai to escape this artifical world. If you are not a shopping wacko a week only in Dubai city will be too long.

- Bernd -