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Offline atkinse

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Ride Report 27 October 2012

Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) to Sweihan, Al Ain and Jebel Hafeet

The long awaited Winter has arrived, the 990 has been standing dormant for 8 months with only the occasional trip around the suburb at night to keep the battery charged. With daily temps in the mid 40s to 50s, it has been most unpleasant, especially for any form of biking.

So I had this planned trip around the UAE planned during a long weekend that didnt work out for various reasons.

On Friday morning I decided that a short one day ride was on the cards and off I went.
I left Abu Dhabi on route to Sweihan and Al Ain.

Green Highways in the desert.



Speed Cameras everywhere, check the brake lights.


I sat with this guy for about 120km, average speeds between 160 and 170




Arriving in Al Ain, bery nice and extremely well maintained Desert Oasis.










From here I left for Jebel Hafeet

At 11.7km long, climbing 1,219m, with 21 corners and a surface as smooth as glass, it's little wonder that the road up and down Jebel Hafeet, in Al Ain, is regularly voted as the world's greatest drive.

It is rated as one of the top 10 driving passes in the world and a, awesome experience to drive. Had my helmet cam on during the down trip but having issued getting the 740Mb video converted, so I will include some other video for your info.















Arriving at the top, not much there, seems like a bit of an anticlimax when you get there and you find this.




At least there is a little coffee shop of sorts so you can have a drink and a rest.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/X6do7zGGqnk

http://www.youtube.com/embed/BmvJ59kFh74


From here it was back to Abu Dhabi

You will see this all along the way, planted trees and street lights for 140km. Geld se baas.



Amateur Desert Driving Site, Lovely.


Sat with this guy for a while, ave speed of 160 to 170


Then with this guy at 170 plus on desert tyres rated for 80km/h, madness.



Check out the intersections, all this in the middle of the desert.


Almost home I stopped off for some juice, 990s are thirsty at speed.


This was an enjoyable ride, I just cannot begin to express what money can do is put to the right uses.

Desert Greeting.
« Last Edit: November 04, 2012, 11:27:47 am by atkinse »
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Re: Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) to Sweihan, Al Ain and Jebel Hafeet
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2012, 11:42:45 am »
Nice one Ed. Glad to see you finally got to put some kays on that Katoom.

Jip, die evidence of money is everywhere. Looks like nice roads and that pass looks awesome.

All the best, see you in 2 weeks time.  :thumleft:
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Re: Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) to Sweihan, Al Ain and Jebel Hafeet
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2012, 06:08:08 pm »
Great Akinse, thank you for sharing.


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Re: Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) to Sweihan, Al Ain and Jebel Hafeet
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2012, 06:13:38 pm »
Wow, such a very different place in every way!  Thanks.
 

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Re: Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) to Sweihan, Al Ain and Jebel Hafeet
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2012, 09:04:18 pm »
It certainly is very different.  Having gone through the Tankwa today reminded me a little bit of the back roads to Fujairah.  Thanx for sharing!!

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Re: Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) to Sweihan, Al Ain and Jebel Hafeet
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2012, 10:28:53 am »
You guys should arrange a bash here, nice little desert camp.
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Re: Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) to Sweihan, Al Ain and Jebel Hafeet
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2012, 03:45:07 pm »
money well spent on infrastructure,looks great :thumleft:
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