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Dune Buggy Safari in Dubai – prices, what to expect, safety

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Dune Buggy Safaris in Dubai is a premium experience and a perfect way to explore the breathtaking sand dunes of the city. 

It offers a new dimension to off-road exploring because you ride a twin-seater dune buggy over the region’s majestic dunes.

This superior desert experience can be enjoyed as a solo passenger or a couple sharing the buggy.

This article shares everything you must know before booking your Dune Buggy Safari in Dubai.

What are dune buggies?

Desert Dune Buggies are two-seater, off-road vehicles perfect for adrenalin junkies to explore the desert landscape.  

Four-seater Dune Buggy tours are also available, which are perfect for families. 

Tourists only need a valid driver’s license (issued by any country), and the tour operator provides safety gear, a buggy-driving tutorial, and refreshments. 

If you don’t have a license, you can enjoy the ride as a passenger. 

You can either share a Dune Buggy or book a private buggy for yourself.

The Desert Dune Buggies can reach speeds of 80 km/hour (50 miles/hour). 

When you book a Dune Buggy Safari in Dubai, an experienced guide gives you the instructions and leads you to ensure your safety. 

Dune Buggy SafariCost
Evening Dune Buggy and Desert AdventureAED 600 ($160)
Dune Buggy Safari with Pickup and DropAED 300 ($80)
Guided Desert Adventure by 4WD Dune BuggyAED 1000 ($270)
Morning adventure on Dune BuggyAED 600 ($160)
Self-drive 2000cc Ranger-Dune BuggyAED 900 ($245)

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Duration of Dune Buggy safari

Dune Buggy Safari tours last from one hour to four hours. 

While selecting your safari, you must decide how much you would like to see. 

More extended Dune Buggy safaris allow you to go deeper into the desert and experience more of its magnificence.

If it is your first time, or if you aren’t in peak physical condition, it is better to book a safari where the riding time is around one to two hours. 

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Quad bike vs. Dune Buggy

A quad bike is a motorbike with four wheels, and the rider gets a bike handlebar for steering, accelerating, and braking. 

The sitting position is somewhat upright, and as in a bike, there is no rollover cage.

A Desert Dune Buggy is like a mini-car with high horsepower to weight ratio, robust suspension, a steering wheel, pedals, and a rollover cage. 

The sitting position is as in a car – relatively flat.

Buggies are much safer than Quad Bikes because of the roll cage, bucket seats, and safety harness, which keeps the passengers safe and limits the injuries in the unlikely chance of a rollover. 

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Best Dune Buggy Safari in Dubai

Dune Buggy Safari is a more premium experience than the Quad Biking safaris.

Your English-speaking guide shows you the best routes to take, and you ride your Dune Buggy at a comfortable pace.

This superior desert experience can be enjoyed as a solo guest or a couple sharing the buggy for an hour. 

If you don’t want to drive, you can share a Buggy with someone who wants to be behind the steering wheel.

If you opt for an elaborate Dubai desert safari, a 4×4 vehicle takes you to a Bedouin camp for cultural activities, and BBQ dinner after the buggy adventure is over.

We list five of the best Dune Buggy Safari in Dubai below.

Evening Dune Buggy and Desert Adventure

Evening Dune Buggy Safari
Image: Excursionpoint.com

Rating: 4.9/5
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Starting time: 7 am, 8 am, 9 am, 10 am, 2 pm, and 3.15 pm
Pick up: Available from Sports City, Dubai Land, Jumeirah Village, Jumeirah Circle, Dubai Investment Park, Arabian Ranches, the Greens, etc. Pick up from outer Dubai areas may incur extra charges.
Type of tour: Small Group
Tour Operator: Excursion Point Tourism

Only Dune Buggy Safari: AED 550 ($150) per person
Buggy Safari + BBQ Dinner: AED 600 ($163) per person

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Self-Drive Dune Buggy Safari

Self-Drive Dune Buggy
Image: Toursandtrax.com

Rating: 4.9/5
Duration: 3 to 6 hours
Starting time: 7 am and 3 pm
Pick up: Available from all hotels in Dubai
Type of tour: Small Group, limited to 10 guests
Tour Operator: Sand Trax Tours Dubai

Only Dune Buggy Safari: AED 585 ($160) for two guests
Buggy Safari + BBQ Dinner: AED 935 ($255) for two guests

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Guided Desert Adventure by 4WD Dune Buggy

Rating: 4.9/5
Duration: One or two hours
Starting time: Depends on the Dune Buggy you select
Pick up: Available from all hotels or apartments in Dubai
Type of tour: Small Group, limited to 10 guests
Tour Operator: Big Red Adventure Tours

The cost of this safari depends on the buggy you opt for and the ride duration.

Polaris RS1 1000cc

1 Hour: AED 1005 ($274) per person
2 Hours: AED 1305 ($355 ) per person

Can-am Maverick X3 XRS Turbo

1 Hour: AED 1615 ($440) for two guests
2 Hours: AED 2260 ($615) for two guests

Can-am Maverick Max Turbo

1 Hour: AED 2010 ($548) for a family of four
2 Hours: AED 2620 ($713) for a family of four

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Dune Buggy Morning Adventure

Rating: 4.9/5
Duration: 3 hours
Starting time: 7 am, 8 am, 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm
Pick up: Available from all hotels or residential buildings inside Dubai Central
Type of tour: Small Group
Tour Operator: Excursion Point Tourism

Shared Tour: AED 600 ($163) per person
Private Tour: AED 1700 ($460) for two guests

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Self-drive 2000cc Ranger-Dune Buggy

Rating: 4.9/5
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Starting time: 7.45 am
Pick up: Available from any hotel or apartment in Dubai, as well as the cruise port (Port Rashid). 
Type of tour: Small Group
Tour Operator: OceanAir Travel

Only Dune Buggy Safari: AED 1825 ($500) for two guests
Buggy Safari + BBQ Dinner: AED 1960 ($535) for two guests

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FAQs about dune buggy safaris

Here are a few questions tourists have before booking their dune buggy safaris. 

  1. What do you wear to a dune buggy safari?

    On the day of your dune buggy safari, it is best to wear long sleeves and pants to protect your body from flying sand and the sun.

  2. What shoes to wear for a Dune Buggy Ride?

    Since a Dune Buggy is open from the sides, wearing sandals exposes your feet to excess heat generated from the engine, and sand, rocks, sticks, etc., from the desert. Wearing closed-toe shoes (sneakers or boots) protects your feet better.

  3. What is the minimum age for kids to join Dune Buggy Safari?

    Different tour operators have different minimum ages to drive their Dune Buggy safaris, ranging from 14 to 18 years. Usually, kids aged 14 years and above can ride as a passenger in a private Dune Buggy. Check the fine print before booking your safari if you are holidaying with kids.

  4. Will I need a driver’s license to drive a Dune Buggy?

    If you plan to drive a Dune Buggy during your desert safari, you must hold a valid driver’s license issued by any country.

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Is a Dune Buggy safe?

As long as you follow the instructions of your desert safari guide, you are sure to have an exciting safari. 

The Dune Buggy has a seat belt, which you must wear at all times. 

Its roll cage is yet another safety feature that keeps the passengers safe during an untoward incident.

The tour operator provides a helmet for your safety – ensure you wear one that fits properly.

Your Dubai buggy safari happens in an open desert with a convoy and a professional backup team for safety. 

Your guide, who is also the convoy leader, takes you on a tour of the desert while the backup team follows with refreshments and mechanics with essential tools.

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How to drive a Dune Buggy on a safari

Since the sand offers more resistance, driving in the desert differs from going on the road or on normal ground.

Because of this resistance, you must hit uphill slopes at a higher speed to keep up your momentum.

If your buggy struggles while going up a sand dune, it is best to go back down and try again with more speed.

To stop or slow down your vehicle, you can let off the gas because the natural resistance of the sand takes over and reduces the vehicle’s speed.

When you brake hard in the sand, your dune buggy may get stuck.

If your buggy’s wheel starts spinning, it is better not to try and power your way out. Just back up out of the hole, and proceed further. 

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