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Just watched the Top Gear episode ( Click Here if you haven't seen it) where they drive from Iraq to Bethlehem through Syria and I was loving the part where they drove across the Syrian desert. I thought the desert looked fantastic and would be a great place to take the landy!

I really want to travel that part of the world, particularly Lebanon and Syria. I was wondering if anyone here has driven that part of the world and if they have any stories and photos.

John

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Just watched the Top Gear episode ( Click Here if you haven't seen it) where they drive from Iraq to Bethlehem through Syria and I was loving the part where they drove across the Syrian desert. I thought the desert looked fantastic and would be a great place to take the landy!

I really want to travel that part of the world, particularly Lebanon and Syria. I was wondering if anyone here has driven that part of the world and if they have any stories and photos.

John

Hi JJB,

As with the usual bit of BS in Top Gear (I am a big fan tho'), the paperwork involved in crossing borders was glossed over. You can't just cross over borders without the required clearance - unless you really want to spend a few days/weeks in a rather unpleasant jail.

Anyway, to your question. I haven't driven off-road in Lebanon or Syria, but have done so in Oman, UAE, Bahrain, Saudi & Kuwait. It's totally different to dear old Blighty as we tend to take things slow here. However, in the M.E. you have to go a lot faster or you just sink down to the axles. Soft sand is great fun, and the dunes are magnificent (until you get caught in a bowl and have to do the wall of death), but the scrublands you saw are full of razor sharp rocks and stones that'll rip your tyres to shreds and kill the suspension. Even soft sand has its hazards, on one "expedition" in Saudi, a fellow driver flew over the top of a dune and landed straight on a rock which bent his Patrol like a banana! It kept on going, but looked most peculiar when we found some tarmac.

On the subject of vehicles, this is probably where I get blacklisted. I've always had a Landcruiser Amazon (which the Arabs call "Donkey") for off-roading in the M.E. and it has never let me down. I've dragged Rangerovers and Discos out of trouble - but never a Defender.

In short, give it a go, great fun (and a real sense of achievement) - but NEVER on your own. I'd recommend at least three vehicles, and watch out for those camel spiders!!

Good luck,

Peter

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Welcome to the forum Peter.

I too have done desert trips in Oman in a Land Cruiser, where it was evident that Range Rovers were preserved for the tarmac, as none were seen in the sand or scrub.

My latest trip to Morocco this year was in a 110 and it was very pleasing to see so many other 200/300tdi 110's is service in very remote locations.

I was surprised to see fewer Land Cruisers.

I am happy to expedition in either marque.

John

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Thanks Headhunter,

I accidentally crossed into Oman from the UAE on one trip and all hell broke loose when I tried to get back without the proper entry/exit papers. Fortunately, I was a senior UAE government employee and when it dawned on the guards the fuss there would be if they locked up one of the Rulers they let me go.

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Thanks Headhunter,

I accidentally crossed into Oman from the UAE on one trip and all hell broke loose when I tried to get back without the proper entry/exit papers. Fortunately, I was a senior UAE government employee and when it dawned on the guards the fuss there would be if they locked up one of the Rulers they let me go.

Ha, Ha. That should have read "one of the Rulers Directors"!! I'm not a Ruler in the UAE - wouldn't mind their bank balance tho! ;) But I'd probably still buy a 90 for a project. I still can't quite work out the Road Tax - a prerequisite insisted upon by "She who must be obeyed".

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