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Gulf News Fun Drive gears up to create world record

Gulf News Fun Drive gears up to create world record

By Sharmila Dhal, Senior reporter, XPRESS
Published: Dec 27, 2012 3:41 AM

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  • XXXXX: Participants enjoying during the Fun Drive 2012

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Dubai: Here’s a chance to get into the Guinness World Records. All you have to do is join in the Gulf News Overnighter Fun Drive on January 11 and 12 and throw your weight in a record attempt that could end up being the “largest convoy of off-road vehicles”.

The effort will be verified and certified by representatives of Guinness World Records who are being specially flown in for the event.

The Fun Drive, sponsored by Al Futtaim Motors – Toyota, will start on January 11 from The Sevens, where participants will check in beginning at 6am. The first car will leave at 7.30am for the eight-hour drive to reach the camp by 4pm. Once there, they will stay overnight and drive home the next day after breakfast.

In its 32nd edition since its launch in 1986, the Fun Drive has been designed to give residents a chance to experience the desert. From 75 four-wheel drives in its first year it grew to 750 cars when it became an overnight event.

This year’s route is uncharted with over 95 per cent of it being off-road.

Highlights include sighting of gazelles along the route.

The drive is being held with the support of the Emirates Motor Sports Federation. Around 60 marshals will be present to assist participants.

A team of 300 Gulf News personnel will also man checkpoints and take care of organisational details. The International Automobile Touring Club will be in charge of recovery.


Entry is open to all, but preference will be given to Gulf News subscribers. It is for four-wheel drive vehicles only with a maximum of four passengers plus driver. Registration can be done daily from 9am to 2pm at the Gulf News offices on Shaikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Abu Dhabi and Al Ain participants can register at the Gulf News offices between 9am and 2pm on working days only (Sunday-Thursday). The rates: Dh300 per adult and Dh175 per child.

Many world firsts at mega waterpark

Many world firsts at mega waterpark

Get set to start your new year with a splash, as the UAE’s first mega waterpark will finally open on January 24, giving water enthusiasts the ride of their lives.

Published: 19 Jan 2012  at 7:01 AM

This article was sent from the Khaleej Times app.

Get set to start your new year with a splash, as the UAE’s first mega waterpark will finally open on January 24, giving water enthusiasts the ride of their lives.
Spread over 15 hectares, the waterpark on Yas Island features 43 exciting rides, slides, attractions, themed restaurants, shops and activities. It showcases a mountain topped by a huge glittering pearl, bandit towers, an authentic wood-raftered souq and a giant falcon’s nest spilling over with slides.

“We are just a few weeks away from the grand opening of Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi. All the rides, slides and attractions are installed and the pre-opening testing stage has commenced to ensure that everything is in place in terms of safe and successful park operations. A few members of the public will be given access to the park in the coming days as part of Challenge Accepted Competition, then it will be all aboard for the public opening,” said Mike Oswald, park general manager.

He said: “The countdown’s begun and we are sure visitors will be wowed by what’s in store. The January opening will kick-start what we expect to be an extremely successful year for this all-year-round entertainment attraction.”

“Visitors to the park will be in for a fantastic experience that brings together high-thrill rides, interactive attractions and a number of world-firsts in terms of waterpark entertainment – it will take even the most enthusiastic water park fan by surprise,” he added.

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi pays tribute to the UAE’s pearl-diving heritage, and is themed around “The Lost Pearl”, an original story about Dana, a young Emirati girl on a quest for the legendary pearl that had once brought prosperity to her village.

Visitors can join the adventure on rides never before seen in water parks, including the first hydromagnetic six—person water-slide in the world and the largest sheet wave surf ride ever.