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What Is the Age Limit for Dune Buggy in Dubai?

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Many adventure lovers come to Dubai every year to try exciting and unique activities that are not found elsewhere. One such popular activity is the desert Dune Buggy off-road riding, which takes place in the vast deserts surrounding the city. Here, one can enjoy the thrilling experience of driving on bumpy paths, steep dunes, and open desert spaces that stretch for miles or take regular stops along the way to see the breathtaking scenery and do photos shoot session. It’s a unique and exciting journey to remember for a lifetime.

However, many people who are trying Dune Buggy Dubai for the first time are not aware of its rules. Such as what is the age limit for driving a buggy or do you need a license as well. Well, today, we will answer these questions for you. So be sure to read this article till the end.

What is the Age Limit to Drive a Dune Buggy in Dubai?

Regulation No. 4 of 2008, relating to the use and licensing of recreational vehicles and quad bikes in Dubai, states that the minimum age of the person must be 16 years to drive a dune buggy. Anyone below this age can ride alongside a guardian, supervisor or parent.

Most tour companies in Dubai follow this age limit and don’t allow anyone below to drive a buggy. Do remember to follow this rule, and if there is someone in your group who is below this age, they can ride with you on a 2-seater or 4-seater buggy model that can accommodate more than 4 persons.

Do You Need a Drivers License to Drive a Dune Buggy in Dubai?

No, you don’t need to have any sort of license or registration to operate and drive a dune buggy in Dubai. Just rent a buggy from a local tour operator for selected time duration and take it for a drive in the desert and explore as much as you want to and drive in whatever manner you like.

Although Regulation No.4 of 2008 relating to the use of recreational vehicles states that the driver must be familiar with buggy controls and understand how to drive it in the desert. Many tour companies nowadays offer ‘Guided Tours’ where expert personnel can teach you all the basics of buggy driving and even give some hidden tips on how to tackle the tough desert terrain.

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Where Can You Drive the Dune Buggy in Dubai?

There are some specific desert areas in Dubai where tourists and locals are allowed to drive dune buggies. Some of the most popular ones include Al-Badayer Desert, Al-Awir Desert and Liwa Desert. There are plenty more areas where people can go without any restrictions.

However, remember not to drive a dune buggy in the following places, because it is strictly prohibited and you may have to pay a heavy fine if you break the law:

  • Streets and sidewalks
  • Along the side of the road
  • Residential areas
  • Inland areas

Areas near the coast

Enjoy the Dune Buggy Adventure in Dubai

Remember, you are not allowed to drive dune buggies on streets, city roads, and residential areas. However, the deserts in the city are quite vast, and you’ll never run out of places to explore. Remember to comply with the following rules:

  • Have a good mental and physical health
  • Be sure to wear the appropriate clothing, including a helmet that provides protection
  • Drive safely in the designated desert areas and follow safety regulations

One more thing: always book your buggy adventure from a reputable tour operator. Do some research on your own to find a company that meets your requirements, has good ratings and suitable rates? The cost of a dune buggy in Dubai varies from company to company, never settling for low prices, because the quality of service might not be the best and they may not provide the necessary protective gear.


The dune buggy riding experience is an adventurous excursion that people come to experience in Dubai. As the city is surrounded by a vast desert, these types of tours are perfect for exploring these areas and going on a thrilling ride is worth the time and money.

Muhammad Bilal Mohsin

Muhammad Bilal Mohsin

Muhammad Bilal Mohsin, an accomplished writer, has crafted over 1500 pieces of publications on the tourism and travel industry. His writings transport readers to far-off destinations which describe engaging narratives, cultural discoveries, and scenic places that are sure to get the attention of the readers and inspire them to travel and find out for themselves. It's Bilal's concise and evocative writing style that makes him a trusted source of knowledge and information.

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