There’s something incredibly liberating about breaking the routine, getting out of the daily groove you’ve found yourself in, and freeing yourself from grinding through the same commute, the same desk and the same lunch you’ve had every day since your last getaway.
That’s why we all love a staycay – a quick chance to get out of town and explore neighbouring emirates, towns, cities and, indeed, countries around the GCC. In fact, it’s not just good for your mood, it’s good for your soul, because there’s so much to see in this part of the world, that to plough through life not experiencing everything this region has to offer should be a crime of some sort.
We recently wrapped up 15 of the best road trips you need to take through the UAE and Oman. So take a 56km jaunt into Ajman for a bit of a rest, or a 155km drive to Hatta to see the Hajar Mountains and a bit of kayaking in Hatta Dam, or a 483km road trip out to Oman’s Green Mountains (AKA Jebel Akhdar).
It’s something you need to do while you can, and while you’re gearing up for your staycay, get behind the wheel of the new GMC 2018 Terrain.
This year’s model has got more space and comfort than ever – so you can pack up the kids (and their 4,000 suitcases) into the under-floor compartments and fold-down seats, crank up some tunes and hit the open road. The car comes with a premium Bose seven-speaker sound system, along with a seven or eight-inch infotainment system to keep everyone happy. It’s even got Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
If you’re heading off-road then you’ve got GMC’s driver-controllable Traction Select system to help you customise your drive to suit the terrain on which you find yourself, plus all-new safety features to put it top of the class when it comes to keeping you and your family safe on the big open road. Your ride and your passengers are protected by new surround vision, forward collision alert, low speed automatic braking, lane keep assist, blind side alert, rear cross traffic alerts and more.
So, chuck some bags in the boot, put a big, red X on your map (or GPS, whichever you’d prefer), stick on your favourite playlist and make a weekend of it.
You never know, you might arrive at your holiday destination feeling like you’ve already been on a holiday.
For more information, visit www.gmcarabia.com.