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What Is the Age Limit for Quad Biking in Dubai?

There are 195 countries and over 10,000 cities worldwide, and many provide delightful vacation experiences. What makes Dubai a worthy destination for your next vacation?

One thing that distinguishes Dubai from other similarly modern and cosmopolitan cities in the world: the desert—which comprises 80% of the United Arab Emirates. If you’re down for a thrilling desert adventure like quad biking, Dubai is a must-visit.

Before you leave for Dubai, though, you might be wondering, “What is the age limit for quad biking in Dubai?” and “Can a child go on a quad bike?” After all, you might be traveling with your children and don’t want it to be a wasted trip for them.

In this write-up, we’ll answer your questions about age restrictions and other important information on quad biking and recreational desert activities in Dubai.

How Old Do You Have to Be to Get on a Quad Bike?

Regulation No. (4) of 2008 Concerning the Use and Licensing of Recreational Motorbikes/Quad Bikes in the Emirate of Dubai explicitly states that a recreational motorbike or quad bike rider must be at least 16 years of age.

This particular rule can be found in Article (5) of the Regulation. The article also states that individuals younger than 16 may use a recreational motorbike or quad bike under the supervision of a guardian.

We strictly abide by the law at Monster Experience. Our quad bike tour in Dubai is available to adventure-seekers aged 16 and older.

Note that riding a quad bike unaccompanied by a guardian when you’re younger than 16 is an offense that comes with the following penalties:

  • First offense: AED 200
  • Second offense: AED 300
  • Third offense: Seizure of the quad bike for one month

Can Younger Children Be Quad Bike Passengers?

It depends on how many people can sit on a quad bike. Most quad bikes are single-seaters. Adventurers younger than 16 cannot hitch a ride on such bikes.

Going beyond a quad bike’s standard capacity violates traffic safety regulations. This offense carries fines similar to those that apply when someone below 16 rides a quad bike unaccompanied by a guardian (e.g., AED 200, AED 300 and one-month quad bike seizure on the first, second and third offense, respectively).

Do You Need a License to Drive a Quad Bike in Dubai?

As long as you are 16 years of age or older, you don’t need a license to drive a quad bike in Dubai. However, remember that you must also meet the following conditions:

  • You must ride the quad bike only in licensed areas.

By riding with us, you’ll enjoy quad biking in an area designated for quad biking adventures. With Monster Experience, you gain access to acres of desert to make the most of your quad biking adventure.

  • You cannot drive a quad bike on paved roads.

Quad bikes are registered and are licensed for recreational, off-road use in licensed areas. You cannot drive them on paved roads, sidewalks, and in residential, inland and coastal areas of Dubai.

  • You must know how to drive a quad bike.

Fortunately, even if you have no experience driving a motor vehicle, you should find it easy to operate a quad bike. At Monster Experience, we have expert instructors ready to train first-time quad bikers.

What Are Your Alternatives If Your Children Are Younger Than 16?

You don’t have to miss out on desert fun if you are a family with young children. There are alternatives to quad biking that can accommodate younger passengers.

For instance, you can go on a dune buggy ride instead. Dune buggy drivers must be at least 16, too, but we have two- and four-seater buggies you can use, and we don’t have age restrictions on buggy passengers.

Alternatively, you can go on a desert safari and experience the unique thrill of driving over sand dunes. This activity is known as dune bashing, and it involves riding a four-wheel-drive automobile that is constantly accelerating and decelerating as it goes up and down the dunes and tries to keep its balance on the shifting sand surface.

Dune bashing requires special skills, training, and experience, so we leave the driving to professionals. Desert safari goers can enjoy the activity as passengers instead. This is why we don’t impose any age restrictions on our desert safari tours.

Quad Biking Age Restrictions in Dubai

Here’s a summary of the FAQs regarding age restrictions on desert activities in Dubai.

How old do you have to be on a quad bike?

You must be at least 16 years old to drive a quad bike in Dubai.

Can a child go on a quad bike?

Children 16 years and older can go on a quad bike tour.

Can someone younger than 16 ride as a passenger on a quad bike?

This is not ideal, as most quad bikes are single-seaters.

What alternatives do you have if family members are younger than 16?

If your children can’t go on a quad bike because they do not meet the minimum age requirement, you can book a dune buggy tour instead. Book a two- or four-seater buggy so your young children can be your passengers.

Alternatively, you can enjoy a desert safari and go dune bashing. A professional driver will operate your off-road vehicle, and your whole family (including young children) can enjoy the activity.

Monster Experience is a licensed provider of desert tours and activities in Dubai. Contact us if you have more questions about quad biking age restrictions, or book your quad bike tour now.

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