The first Fun Drive was held in March 1986, as a Day Drive and a total of 75 four wheel drives participated. It started at Jebel Ali Hotel and ended at Hatta Fort Hotel. It grew from strength to strength and then by popular demand, Gulf News converted it into an Overnighter in 1990 with 400 cars.

This too drew an overwhelming response and even now, 38 years later, over 750 four wheel drives participate and have done so since 2000! This Fun Drive will be the 42nd in the series as there have been two per year sometimes. To have sustained an event for 38 years, is a true testimony of its incomparable success.

Unique Appeal of the Fun Drive
The Fun Drive is unique in that it is the only event worldwide with a ‘civilian’ convoy of nearly 1000 cars. This record remains unbroken.
It is a great representation of adventure, camaraderie, communal living within the country and also the magnificence of the desert that is so very unique.
The Fun Drive is not a rally or race, but an event of fun for the whole family. It is an opportunity to venture, without worry, into the desert and enjoy an outdoors weekend in a congenial and secure atmosphere and savour the delights of five-star catering, live entertainment and communal living.