Winter is a fantastic time to ride off-road in the UAE. Surprisingly, due to one reason or another, I didn’t see dirt for almost two months. After our last off-road ride sometime in mid-December, things didn’t fall in place for a good 7-8 hour trip to the hills in the western region. A couple of my riding buddies went off to ride along the Dakar route, another friend was recovering from an injury and I too got busy with restoring a 1981 Honda GL1100 that I picked up in January.


So, needless to say, I had a fantastic time riding off-road on some fairly technical tracks yesterday. We were a group of seven riders with a 1996 G 350 following us. The area we rode in was close to Al Ghail on E18. We’ve been in this area before but we manage to find new tracks each time. There are plenty of gravel tracks around the main road that lead to some pretty good climbs and dry riverbed crossings. The surface is mainly loose gravel with pebbles and stones thrown in the mix. Eventually, the track led us to the road going up Jebel Yibir. This road used to be dirt but now it’s all tarmac. There is a military installation on atop Jebel Yibir so we had to turn and head back when we came across the no-entry sign but we loved the climb. It was one of the steepest I’ve ever been on in this region. We went from about 500ft to 4,500ft in about 20 minutes. We might just do a few more off-road rides this season.

If you’ve got a bike that can handle some mildly tough terrain and want to join, give me a shout.

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  • Omid

    Post the GPS track please.

    • Martin Victor Alva

      I have some that I can email.

  • Des

    Drop me an email please

  • mohammed

    i am planning to get a 150cc Yamaha fz v2 from india.
    what kind of speed you drive in highway?

    can I join you guys ?

    • Martin Victor Alva

      Hello Mohammed, I’m not sure a FZ will be able to keep up with these big motorcycles on sand or off-road but you could join us on the road. We usually ride at the maximum allowed legal speed.

  • Samir

    Hi there ! You guys are clearly having a blast. I am new to riding in the UAE. I have a BMW 1200GSA ’12.
    I would love to ride with you if possible and discover some of the unbeaten tracks of the UAE especially that the temps is starting to cool off.
    Please drop me a line when you get a moment.
    In all cases please keep posting your adventures.

  • Giolli Joker

    My knowledge of UAE was shaken by reading 4500mts… thankfully the screenshot clarifies it’s feet. 🙂

    Nice ride, I think I’ll try it with my ADV990… is it suitable to be done with a pillion? Or are there areas where the track gets too tricky?


    • Martin Victor Alva

      Haha thanks for bringing it to my attention. You are welcome to join us anytime for an off-road wadi ride. Might get tricky with a pillion. I had a pillion once and it wasn’t the best ride…

  • Mohammed N Al-Dweik

    I’m from Qatar and will be in the area soon for the Touratech BMW Offroad training. Would be great if we can plan for something like this. I ride a 2016 TB R1200GS

    • Martin Victor Alva

      Hello Mohammed,

      When will you be in Dubai? We do these rides on Fridays.

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