Why DesNav?



Enhance your navigational skills with the tasks required to complete the DesNav Mission.



Get acquainted with the off-road community in the UAE. It’s bigger than you have imagined.



You learn something new with every trip, The DesNav will teach you something special.

Driving Skill


During DesNav you will experience a memorable adventure bursting with off-road action.



During DesNav you will learn the importance of working together as a team to acquire results.

Team Work


DesNav location features a desert terrain and animal life you rarely see around the UAE.

New Terrain


The Key to success is good communication; learn more on commun techniques with DesNav.



Winners receive cash voucher, give away gifts, and much more from our generous sponsors.

Give Aways

The Race is ON!!

Official registration has now closed but if you still want to join in this exciting event, please contact Sam on 050 130 2128.
With over 32+ teams are registered - it's going to be a great day out in the dunes. we are willing to accept team signing up on the day itself. just show up as a group of three cars and we will sign you up.

Your fist challenge is ready, you now need to program your GPS device to be able to reach the start point of the event. to do so please download the appropriate track file for your GPS device

Garmin MapSource format (used for all Garmin GPS devices)

File: Desnav 

Descreption: Track and waypoints together in one file that you will need to drive from the entrance gate to the start point. We recommend you deflate your tires before you drive on this track to the starting point. the track is 95% catch road and 5% small dunes.

If you have a non Garmin device please download a zip file containing the above files in GPX format
Click Here to download DesNav tracks and points in GPX format


The most important piece of information is where you need to be and at what time.  The entry point to DesNav 2013 is Easting 0233650 Northing 2597864 with the start and finish at Easting 0248123 and Northing 2586515.  The nearest ADNOC is at Al Fathiya which is at Easting 0234839 and Northing 2618018.  Please note that these coordinates are given in UTM Zone 40 Q, WGS84 Datum.

You need to know that the Al Fathiya ADNOC only takes cash so please ensure you have some.

The timings for the event are as follows:

7.30am – 9am                  Registration and safety check of all cars

9am – 9.30am                  Welcome introduction, safety briefing and distribution of coordinates

9.30am                               Event starts

5pm                                     All teams must return to base camp

6pm                                     Awards Ceremony






  1. I have packed all my gear and stocked enough food and water for the day (Only breakfast is provided by the DesNav team)
  2. I have arranged to carry with me 20L to 40L of extra fuel for the event
  3. I'm equipped with all safety equipment (Please read our FAQ # 6 for more information. Cars that don't have flags or recovery points will not be allowed to join the event.)
  4. I have printed the application form that i have received via email on registration.
  5. I have packed my camping gear (applicable to people who are camping the night with the desnav team on Friday. all are welcome to join)
  6. I have checked out the guides on how to your a GPS device for beginners and advance (Click here to view it now)


Click Here to view the camp site layout


below is an overview of the location of the event:


Dear Off-roaders,

Are you up to meeting with likeminded sand addicted people, in the middle of nowhere, enjoying the middle of nowhere? Yes? Well great as this is your top event for the 2013 offroad season: The DesNav 2013.

We, the organization committee under the umbrella of AD4x4, invite you and your club members to join us in a unique experience in a shared event. This is the second event for all offroad enthusiasts in the UAE, so no matter which offroad club you belong to and what flag/colors you are flying, you are more than welcome to participate.

The DesNav 2013 gives you the opportunity to experience a desert adventure in a wonderfully intact desert area which is not noted in any trip book. No matter what level you consider yourself - whether a navigation professional or not - with our two categories of driving levels for the DesNav 2013 available (Scout and Navigator), you will find the right quest for your skill levels.

This is a chance for you to compare your capabilities and go for the rewards, the participation goodies and the top level prizes donated by our high profile sponsors.

Are you in? In addition to having your members sign up for this event we also welcome three members of your club to be involved with the scoring committee and the support team for the event. Please contact me for further information.

Date: 22/02/2013

Reg End: 15/02/2013

Time: 7:00AM till sun set

Location: UAE desert 


A technical driving and navigational challenge planned in an area of 20km square. The event will involve a significant amount of physical and mental work in addition to planning and superb team work, to complete the mission of the challenge. Participants will have to accomplish the following:

a. Understand the difference between various GPS formats

b. Operate a GPS device and input coordinates

c. Read the desert terrain off a map and decide on a route

d. Read coordinates from a geographical map using primitive tools

e. Navigate in a wide area with two other team members

f. Drive through some very tough terrain in the desert

g. Meet the deadlines!Dear Off-roaders,

DesNav 2012 Report

The day dawned with a layer of mist over the DesNav start point which was in the Al Razeen area of Abu Dhabi, and the organisers hoped that the participants could make it to the start point in time to register their teams with the officials.

The challenge had officially begun 24 hours before Friday 20 January 2012 with all teams given access to the start waypoint - in UTM format of course! If they managed to find the start, then they were in with a good chance!
Finally, through the morning mist, some 75+ cars and 150+ participants from every nationality lined up to register, have their cars checked for all the necessary safety equipment and to receive their goodies - t-shirts, breakfast and also gifts from Daman. 
And then they were off!
Timed out from the start line, and armed with a list of navigation points and a map, it was up to each team to decide which points they wished to aim for, to decide on their route, to use the time allocated wisely so as not to incur late penalties and mostly to make sure that the chosen path was the right one for the whole team. With fuel at a premium - and the nearest ADNOC some 60kms away - the winners would be the team that used the flat sabkahs to their advantage, took the best route through the dunes and chose the right points to aim for.
The area was a new one for the DesNav - with fields of low and medium dunes, separated by sabkahs, some fenced off camel farms and surrounded by two main roads (east and west) with lots of bedouin tracks running through every compass point, the sand - some soft, some hard, some a mixture - was going to be prove to be very challenging for the teams.
As the time went by, the central Comms Team sat back, chatted, relaxed and waited. It wasn’t long before the first “assistance” call came through from a team who needed a rescue and this continued for a couple of hours - our recovery teams and mechanics were kept busy with some of the stucks we had, as well as the recovery of a lost wheel!
The first team back were “victims” to mechanical issues and had to retire early. They were followed by another “mechanical victim” and then after a while, the other teams started to return. The furious dashes to hand in their sheets and get timed back in began in earnest, and watching people sprint over the sand to give their sheets back was something to be seen at the end of a long, hot, and tiring day.
As the scores were tallied, people crowded round to see who was leading, and the story swapping of the day started with tales of impossible dunes, points that could never be reached, personal achievements, team goals decided upon and met - each story bigger and better than the previous one, but every story showing the true spirit of DesNav : TEAM WORK.
Finally, the teams were in, the scores had been added, extra points had been awarded to those teams who had collected garbage (which is part of our AD4x4 mission and vision to keep the desert a clean and safe place) and everyone waited to hear the winners announced. Of course, it goes without saying, that everyone who took part were winners, but as with all competitions, there were some who managed to get more points, so the overall results were:
1st place - MotorTech with 114 points
2nd place - Red Dunes with 112 points
3rd place - WTF with 107 points
1st place - Future Team with 316 points
2nd place - Al Jawaher with 271 points
3rd place - Whassup! with 266 points
A huge thanks to everyone who took part and also to our sponsors:
Ranger; Dublin Health Care Management; Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi; Jeep Western Motors; 3 SSS; Mobile 1; BlingMyTruck.
And also a big thanks to the organising team:
Adiga, Antrax, Burkhard, Desert_Hawk, Iguana, Mubarak, Jo, Tweety, Juergen, Megamoe, Mood, Smiley, SSS, Tillybean, Wasabi, Xof, Mac and Mans.
See you all at DesNav 2013!

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2012 DesNav Winners


Navigators category

1st Place - Future Team

2nd Place - Al Jawaher

3rd Place - Whassup!

Scouts Category

1st Place - MotorTech

2nd Place - Red Dunes

3rd Place - WTF!


2011 DesNav Winners


"Congratulations to the Winners of the previous DesNav, a job well done!"



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