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This trip is on tarmac and hard dirt tracks to a remote beach close to the Saudi Arabian border, where you will find splendid sea and a dramatic coastline decorated with cliffs and fossilized sea sponges.
Driving through the endless coastal desert of the western region of the UAE makes the destination all the more astounding – luckily the Jeep Grand Cherokee we were driving insulated us from the harsh environment and glided us to the seaside in total comfort. Besides that, the 360-hp 5.7-liter V8 Hemi engine seamlessly deactivates four of the eight cylinders providing both power and fuel-economy. The available features are impressive, from adaptive cruise control to air suspension and tire pressure monitoring.
From the wild-west township of Sila, heading due north, a very well-marked dirt track will take you to a remote coastline of short sandy beaches separated by rocks. The interior is fascinating in its flatness and geological composition, and the erosion of millions of years.
With the top-of-the-line luxury SUV model, especially one with a Jeep legacy, the question is always whether it will perform off-road – the short answer for the Grand Cherokee is a resounding YES, as this video shows:
Download the KML file for your GPS by clicking here. Once downloaded, you can import the file into your GPS device and take it on the road, or double-click that file and it will open automatically in Google Earth if you have that installed (all adventurers should! Google Earth).
And here is an interactive map of the route.
View WeekendUAE Trip to Sila with Jeep Grand Cherokee in a larger map
As you see on the map, the better beaches for camping are on the eastern flank of the peninsula. You will note two extra waypoints for the western flank, as these lead to a large lagoon where flamingoes and other sea birds abound.
Please do not dig out or remove these fossils from the walls, as they are beautiful in their natural environment. Take photos instead!
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