Who is The Desert Diva?




Marina Bruce, also known as The Desert Diva, boasts a diverse and prominent background across the UAE, Oman, and Saudi Arabia. Her journey includes:

– Serving as the Offroad Expert for OutdoorUAE magazine, imparting offroading wisdom from 2013 to 2019.
– Sharing insightful perspectives on desert life and the Middle East through her blogging endeavors since 2012.
– Displaying her skills as a desert driver and fixer for TV productions, including sports events like the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and documentaries.
– Taking on the role of a driving instructor for the prestigious Dakar VIP experience held in Saudi Arabia in 2022.
– Earning accreditation as an Abu Dhabi Tour Guide, specializing in the rich culture, heritage, and geographical intricacies of the desert.
– Pioneering offroad routes that are now utilized by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism to promote offroading within the Emirate.
– Guiding numerous overland desert expeditions, allowing enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the beauty of the arid landscapes.
– Masterminding a range of desert events, from unique 50th birthday celebrations to corporate gatherings for Eastern Motors (Jeep) UAE.
– Contributing valuable route insights for Advanced Off Road Adventure Routes UAE & Oman, and actively participating in the reconnaissance for six additional routes.
– Crafting a series of comprehensive ebooks, offering practical advice on travel and camping in Saudi Arabia.

Marina Bruce’s profound experiences reflect a life deeply intertwined with the mystique and allure of the desert regions, as well as her tireless efforts to share her knowledge and passion with others.

Delve into the background of your trip leader by clicking any of the hand-picked links below or

Check out her blog here (warning, grab yourself a coffee and a snack before you start, there are almost 500 posts and you might be some time!) and read some of her OutdoorUAE articles here


The Desert Diva’s

Desert Journey

The Desert Diva’s

Digital Business Card

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 Marina’s Blog:

The Desert Diva’s

Driving CV

Marina’s article:

Outdoor UAE Magazine

10 Years in the Gulf


50 consecutive nights

camping in the desert


Saudi Arabian

Recce Team 2022

Article: OutdoorUAE

Inspiring Women


Marina’s Blog



Marina’s Article


Discover Desert Driving

Departure of Culture & Tourism Abu Dhabi

Offroad Routes

Four supplied by Marina

Guide Book

2 Desert Diva 

Routes Included

Article: The National

10 Epic

4×4 Adventures

Marina’s Blog:

A Visit to

Sinaw Souq

Marina’s Blog:

The Al Dhafra

Camel Festival


Abenteuer und Reisen



photo blog series

highlights 2007-2020

Here are screenshots of just some of the tracks Marina has driven during her Oman and UAE  trips.  On and offroad.  Up mountains.  Through wadis.  Over deserts, lots and lots of desert!

Oman offers the most beautiful and varied terrain you can imagine – why not sign up for one of our trips and discover this for yourself!

The UAE holds the most accessible portion of the Rub Al Khali (The Empty Quarter); the awesome Liwa area.

Saudi Arabia is an up-and-coming destination and a must for adventurous travellers.  In 2022 alone, we have clocked up 14000kms doing pre-trip reconnaissance!


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Nissan Patrol crossing the salt flats in Liwa

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