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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 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.

The dune buggy safari is an exhilarating and unique way to experience the beauty of the Dubai desert, and it’s a must-do activity for adventure-seekers and thrill-seekers visiting the city.

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

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 share a Dune Buggy or book a private buggy.

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

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

Dune Buggy SafariCost
Evening Dune Buggy and Desert AdventureAED 626 ($170)
Dune Buggy Safari with Pickup and DropAED 588 ($160)
Guided Desert Adventure by 4WD Dune BuggyAED 1212 ($330)
Morning adventure on Dune BuggyAED 565 ($154)
Self-drive 2000cc Ranger-Dune BuggyAED 1664 ($453 for 2 people)

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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 want 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, booking a safari where the riding time is one to two hours is better. 

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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 a 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 keep the passengers safe and limit 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 safari.

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.

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 7 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 565 ($154) per person
Buggy Safari + BBQ Dinner: AED 626 ($170) 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 588 ($160) for two guests
Buggy Safari + BBQ Dinner: AED 933 ($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 1212 ($330) per person
2 Hours: AED 1506 ($410) per person

Can-am Maverick X3 XRS Turbo

1 Hour: AED 1818 ($496) for two guests
2 Hours: AED 2515 ($685) for two guests

Can-am Maverick Max Turbo

1 Hour: AED 2211 ($603) for a family of four
2 Hours: AED 2816 ($767) for a family of four

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Dune Buggy Morning Adventure

Rating: 4.9/5
Duration: 7 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 565 ($154) per person
Private Tour: AED 1816 ($495) for two guests

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Self-drive 2000cc Ranger-Dune Buggy

Rating: 4.9/5
Duration: 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

Buggy Safari + BBQ Dinner: AED 1664 ($454) for two guests

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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 always wear. 

Its roll cage is 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, 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 the standard ground.

Because of this resistance, you must hit uphill slopes faster to keep up your momentum.

If your buggy struggles while going up a 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.

Your dune buggy may get stuck when you brake hard in the sand.

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. 

FAQs about dune buggy safaris

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

What do you wear to a dune buggy safari?

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

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 from the engine, and sand, rocks, sticks, etc., from the desert. Wearing closed-toe shoes (sneakers or boots) protects your feet better.

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

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.

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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