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


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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