Who is The Desert Diva?




Marina Bruce AKA The Desert Diva has lived a varied and relatively high profile life in the UAE and Oman. 

  • She has been a writer for OutdoorUAE magazine as their offroad expert from 2013-2019
  • Blogged on all things desert and Middle East since 2012
  • A desert driver and fixer for TV (sport, documentary)
  • An accredited Abu Dhabi Tour Guide, specialising in the culture, heritage and geography of the desert
  • Led countless overland desert trips
  • Organised desert events including a special 50th birthday celebration as well as corporate events for Eastern Motors (Jeep) UAE
  • Contributed two routes for Advanced Off Road Adventure Routes UAE & Oman, and assisted with the recce for 6 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


Desert Diva’s

Driving CV


Abenteur Und

Reisen Jan 2018

Article: OutdoorUAE

Inspiring Women



Oman Observer

September 2017

Marina’s Blog:

A Visit to

Sinaw Souq

Marina’s Blog:

The Al Dhafra

Camel Festival

Video: Marina completes

50 consecutive nights


Article: The National

10 Epic

4×4 Adventures

Marina’s Article


Discover Desert Driving

Marina’s Blog:

Some Great Books

About the UAE

Guide Book

2 Desert Diva 

Routes Included

Marina’s Article


10 Years in the Gulf

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.  


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