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Dune bashing in Dubai

posted on 03/02/2006: 2297 views

Adventure seekers can have a brush with some real speed at Gate No. 4 of the Global Village.

This is where you are greeted by a motorcycle area where you can experience the freedom of riding a motorcycle. You can choose from the various models on display depending on your age, height and weight. These bikes are four-wheelers with a 50cc engine and are very popular for dune bashing. For those who are not too keen on going off-road, the special sandy tracks provide excellent practice area.

The area is absolutely safe and even novices who have never ridden before can try their hand at desert scooting. There are smaller vehicles for children too. Also available is an amphibian car, which accommodates six people at a time. This eight-wheeled vehicle can be driven on sand as well as in a water pool provided in the area. The ride costs Dh5 per person while the quad bikes are available for Dh5 per child and Dh10 per adult.

This is the second time that this facility has been provided for Global Village visitors. The area is turning out to be popular with crowds as people across all ages and different nationalities are coming here to experience these thrilling rides.

A new introduction to the riding thrill is the Segway Human Transporter, also known as the personal assistive mobility device, the two-wheeler introduced in the UAE last year. The riding area is just in front of the India Pavilion and costs Dh15 for 10 laps. Riders ? who must be over 12 years of age and weigh at least 40 kg, are given initial training but kids need to be escorted by parents or adults.

A 20-minute ride is all you need to master this self-balancing scooter which has sensors to move it backwards and forwards. Those who have experienced it feel that riding the Segway is like wearing a magic sneaker. (The Gulf News)


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