New Year’s Eve Sandpit hash

We appreciate there’s a wealth of options for Dec 31 but if you find a night in the desert more appealing than one in town, we hope you’ll join us for the Sandpit New Years Eve hash.

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What: This is a camping night in the desert. Since it’s a working day for most of us, there won’t be an organised run, although there’s likely to be a, um, traditional sandpit midnight run…. The usual sandpit rules apply: bring everything you need including all food and adult beverages. Some of us are producing mulled wine to get into the spirit of things (literally as well as figuratively) so if you could RSVP by Dec 27, it would help those organising this to work out how much to bring. A donation towards the cost would be appreciated on the night.

When: From 4pm on December 31. Lots of us won’t be there until after work.

Where: The dunes near Bab al Shams, in the site often used for the Gulf Interhash, black tie dinner etc.

Directions: From Dubai, take Um Suqeim Road/Al Qudra Road towards Arabian Ranches/Bab Al Shams. Access can be from SZR (at Mall of Emirates), Al Khail Rd, Emirates Rd or Outer Bypass Rd, just keep following Bab Al Shams/Al Qudra signs. After crossing Outer Bypass (E611) continue on Al Qudra passing two roundabouts and a bridge over E77 highway. Note cycle path on left which starts at second roundabout. Caution: speed cameras (at least one works) speed limit 100km/hr.  After 21.5km, there is a third roundabout with iron horse sculptures. Go straight on and road turns immediately left. Continue for 1.5km over two speed humps and take turning right. The cycle path should now be on your right hand side. Continue on this road crossing some pylons and then six further speed humps. Caution: wind blown sand.  After 11.5km the tarmac road turns into a track. Look out for orange paint markings. Continue on track keeping cycle path on your right. After 1.7km bear left away from track and cycle path. This will be clearly signed. Follow signs across gravel plain for 1.3km to sand dunes. Site is on edge of sand dunes.  We do not allow any cars except for the catering van and Barbie Bus in the dining/dancing area. It’s a huge site, so plenty places to pitch your tents
Approx Location 24°44’54.50″N 55°19’35.93″E Route is 2WD friendly but not M3 friendly.

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