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Liwa, Moreb and Madinat Zayed.
« on: November 04, 2012, 01:18:36 pm »
Ride Report 03 November 2012

Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) to Liwa, Moreb and Madinat Zayed.

So last week I did the Jebel Hafeet trip. This weekend I decided to go and have a look at Moreb, these are apparently some of the largest dunes in the world.

I left Abu Dhabi on a route of 580 km round trip.

Left Abu Dhabi at 08h00.

Imagine this in SA, a special road just for trucks.



Speed Cameras every couple of Km’s


This is the Car Museum. Also a story for another day. In short amazing private collection of H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan (also known as The Rainbow Sheikh) has a love for cars and has never sold a single car he has bought. So in the interest of all he has built this car museum in the shape of a pyramid so everyone can come and have a look. Here is the web link for those interested http://www.enam.ae/2011/



From here it was miles and miles of …………………….


And more miles of ……………..


This puppy gets moved at night when the roads are quiet.


Some Desert Farms


I mentioned the speed cameras. A point to note, if the speed limit is 100 they start trapping from 120. In a 120 zone you can do 140, this used to be 160, but some locals ripped the arse out of that law. 140 is still a nice speed though. Amazing doing 160 on a bike and being passed as if you are parked.


On route


This Prado passed me and I couldn’t keep up with him. Chased him to 200 and then gave up.



On route


Dunes


Awesome


Some more farms


Time for juice


Check the KTM Twat suite pappie, actually very comfy in this weather.


Liwa Dunes


Desert


Some more farms


Another Camera


They have these roadside stops along the route. Everyone stops of here to pray and take some rest.


Trees and street lights for miles


Can you believe this is in the desert



Dunes

Liwa


On the way to Moreb Dunes


The desert wants the road back












Arriving at Moreb Desert Camp, you can come camp here for the weekend and play in the dunes to your heart’s content.


Local Supermarket


990 in its natural environment.


The Road Back

You know that moment when you shit yourself, have an adrenalin rush and a life before the eyes moment. I had one of these all at once on one of these sand sections. It appeared out of nowhere going around a sharp corner. The front broke loose followed by the back. I ended up doing one of those amazing 2 wheel slides, unintentionally. Amazing how a lifetime of off-road riding saves your bacon when you least expect it.



Liwa Desert










Lovely gardens in the middle of the desert





This is how they keep it green






Back to doing miles and miles of ……………………………..


Nice Gardens on the entrance to Madinat Zayed



And Plenty Mosques


Time for Juice


Check the price


These guys are lined up for oil changes. It takes about 15 minutes to do an oil change and filter swap. They suck the oil out through the dipstick and costs about R450 including the new filter.



Some desert Toy. Note the Stoetie mark 3 trailer.




Nice green Intersections






Desert Forests


Miles and Miles


Another Camera


Trees planted for miles


Mazyad Mall Close to home


I’m sure this is the “Hentie” that passed me at over 200km/h


Back home 580km. Lovey day riding.




Another ride done and dusted.

Till next time

Desert Greetings.
« Last Edit: December 11, 2012, 08:21:53 am by atkinse »
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Re: Liwa, Moreb and Madinat Zayed.
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2012, 09:15:07 pm »
So good to read your RR's and see pics of the UAE again.  Keep it coming!!!

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Re: Liwa, Moreb and Madinat Zayed.
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2012, 10:28:08 am »
It's one of those places where no words or pics can actually explain. You have to come and see it for yourself.
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Re: Liwa, Moreb and Madinat Zayed.
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2012, 08:19:43 pm »
Are you not allowed to simply ride next to the road in the sand?
 

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Re: Liwa, Moreb and Madinat Zayed.
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2012, 08:55:02 pm »
I have been eye a section of road between Abu Dhabi and Dubai for ages now, looks like a service road. Would like to have a go on the 500 first. The sand is very soft and not the kind of thing you would want to tackle on the 990. Especially if you are riding solo.

Even the 5.7 Tundra puzzles in this sand
« Last Edit: November 06, 2012, 08:56:05 pm by atkinse »
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« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2012, 07:03:53 am »
Nice one Ed. Glad to see that 990 is finally working a bit.

The place looks awesome.

Thanks for sharing  :3some:
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Re: Liwa, Moreb and Madinat Zayed.
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2012, 07:20:38 am »
Nice one Ed. Glad to see that 990 is finally working a bit.

The place looks awesome.

Thanks for sharing  :3some:

Only a couple of day and I'll go and show you what I mean.
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