Dubai: The much-awaited Gulf News Overnighter Fun Drive is just around the corner, and registered participants have started collecting their information packs ahead of the drive to be held on January 12-13.
The desert off-roading bash, supported by Al Futtaim Motors, has received an overwhelming response since the registration opened, with entries closing within hours on the very first day.
Information Packs, which include the Fun Drive number and the manual, will be available for collection at the Gulf News offices in Dubai, Al Ain and Abu Dhabi, on December 28 and 29.
The manual provides a host of information about the event and participants are requested to go through this thoroughly and follow the tips and other details given.
To collect the information packs, participants are asked to ensure the Fun Drive disclaimer is fully completed and handed in. The disclaimer should include original signatures of all participants and a parent’s signature for children under 18. Emirates ID numbers for all participants must also be specified on the disclaimer.
Participants who had registered online were sent a mail confirming their Fun Drive number and also asked them to print out the disclaimer ready for handing in when collecting Information Packs. While participants who registered at Gulf News in person were handed disclaimers at registration and asked to submit them when collecting Information Packs.
The packs will be available for collection at the Gulf News Dubai office on December 28 and 29, between 9am and 7pm; Gulf News Abu Dhabi office on December 28, between 9am and 2pm, and at Gulf News Al Ain office on December 28, only between 9am and 2pm.
Addition of extra passengers and cancellation of any passengers (not vehicles) will also be accepted during these days and timings. After this period, passengers will not be able to add nor get a refund for cancellations.
Returning to the Northern Emirates after three years, the event, dubbed a ‘Northern Adventure’, starts at the Emirates Motorplex, Umm Al Quwain. The event will kick off with an off-road drive through challenging terrain and will then culminate at a scenic camp in the Umm Al Quwain region.
The drive is going to be an exciting and very challenging test of driving skills as it will go through dunes, wadis, gravel tracks and hilly areas.
The Gulf News Fun Drive is in its 32nd year and this one is the 37th in the series.
The event will have one of the best camps in the history of the Fun Drive as it is located in the midst of scenic dunes. Al Futtaim Motors – Toyota is the main Sponsor for the event. Checkpoint sponsors include Laban Up, Lacnor, Oasis, Orient Tours, Orient Travel, Pringles, Total and Toyota. Support sponsors include Byrne, Denim, Flow Composite Manufacturing FZC, TORC The Offroad Company and Wildcraft. Catering is by Foodcraft and JA Resorts & Hotels. Official hotel is Barracuda Beach Resort UAQ. Fun Drive numbers are sponsored by AMITY University. TOTAL is the Lubricants Sponsor and BF Goodrich are the Official Tyre Sponsor. The Fun Drive is being organised with the support of IATC and the Emirates Motorplex, UAQ.