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ARABIAN JOURNEY within
ARABIAN JOURNEY within the UAE. It is one of the greatest anomalies in the labyrinthine borders that were created when the locals got to choose their national allegiance. Further on, we re-enter Oman once more – this time, the exclave of the Musandam, running up to within a few kilometres of Iran. We are here in search of yet another project reconnecting visitors with a more ancient past. Driving up the canyon-like Wadi Khab al Shamsi, we eventually turn down a road that appears to run into a cliff face. It is, in fact, the beginning of a switchback trail over the 2,000m-high mountains to an isolated bay where a unique resort lies. The Six Senses Zighy Bay resort is only accessible by air, sea or four-wheel-drive vehicle via the track hewn from the mountains. It was designed in the same style as traditional Omani fishing villages, right down to the wattle and sandstone construction materials and recycled timber, natural ventilation and W E T U R N passive shading to protect against the intense summer heat. The DOWN A buildings are clustered tightly together around narrow pathways ROAD THAT in the sand. Intermingled among A P P E A R S T O them stand 1,100 palms from which are harvested 12 different varieties RUN INTO A of date. The cooling drink you receive CLIFF FACE upon arrival is made from this harvest. It’s sweet nectar after the arid drive over the mountains. The resort is actively working towards the goal of establishing a marine protected area on the reefs of the Musandam Peninsula, with plastic wrappings banned and fish sourced from local Omani fishermen. We are told we are only two hours’ drive from Dubai, but sitting in one of the small stone villas Embark on your own Arabian adventure, visit banyantree.com or sixsenses.com DRIVING ON SAND Arabia has a lot of sand. When driving off-road you are likely to encounter dunes very quickly. This soft, fluid surface is unlike any other and requires its own unique skill set. Here are five Land Rover tips to remember DEFLATE YOUR TYRES Never attempt to drive off-road on sand dunes with the tyre pressure you use for road driving. The tyre needs to be deflated in order to maximise the length of tread that is in contact with the sand. ENGAGE SAND MODE Before heading into the sands, set your Terrain Response system to Sand Mode to optimise your vehicle’s performance. ALWAYS STOP DOWNHILL This is the most vital piece of sand driving advice. Hill starts and sand dunes don’t mix. READ THE DUNES Learn to judge the terrain ahead before you reach it. Use steady momentum on inclines and slow down at crests where sudden drops may be hidden. AVOID SOFT DUNES The vehicle can quickly become bogged down in soft, undisturbed sand. If this happens, engage All- Terrain Progress Control and the vehicle should dig itself out. Left: guests can arrive at the Six Senses Zighy Bay resort by four-wheel drive, boat or paraglider from the mountain pass. Right: sunrise over the pool at Six Senses Zighy Bay’s exclusive villa, The Retreat (annexe villa available for your au pair or bodyguards)
Land Rover Magazine showcases stories from around the world that celebrate inner strength and the drive to go Above and Beyond.
In this issue, New Defender is put through its paces by two inspirational young adventurers as they prepare for an expedition to the South Pole. We also celebrate 50 years of Range Rover by taking a journey of discovery to Dubai. As well as looking back, we look to future as a group of visionaries explain the technologies that could change the future for all of us.