About Fun Drive

In 1986, off-road driving was a leisure activity, enjoyed by a limited number of residents. The desert was a mystery and not many dared to venture into it. Gulf News came up with the concept of the Fun Drive that year, the prime objective was to give the people resident in the region an opportunity to experience the desert. This event was therefore held in March 1986, as a Day Drive and a total of 75 four wheel drives, including marshals participated.

Today, 33 years later, over 750 four wheel drives participate and have done so since 2000!
This Fun Drive will be the 39th in the series as we have done two per year sometimes. To have sustained an event for 33 years, is a true testimony of its incomparable success.


What makes the Gulf News Overnighter Fun Drive so popular?

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, when every possible amenity is provided and assistance is always at hand.
It is an event of companionship, where over two thousand persons stay at the camp in a congenial and secure atmosphere and savour the delights of five-star catering, continuous live entertainment and communal living.