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Dubai Self-Drive 4WD Desert and Dune Bash Safari

By OffRoad-Zone
Recommended by 99% of travelers
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Most Dubai desert tours include dune bashing with a professional driver at the helm. This tour breaks with convention, letting you take the wheel of your own 4WD vehicle in a guided convoy. Race over low dunes before conquering steeper slopes and enjoy various driving challenges before admiring the sunset from Fossil Rock. Upgrade to share the driving between two of you, if you wish.
from
$410.67
per group (up to 4)
from
$410.67
per group (up to 4)

Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Ages 21-99, max of 16 per group
Duration:5h 30m
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Drive your own 4WD on a desert tour from Dubai with up to three passengers
  • Conquer dunes and climb Fossil Rock at the wheel of a Jeep Wrangler
  • Suits all driver levels, with instructions, walkie-talkie, and guided convoy
  • Price per 4WD vehicle, with a driver and passengers, or upgrade for two drivers

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Use of air-conditioned 4x4 Jeep Wrangler
  • Fuel
  • Use of walkie-talkie and safety equipment
  • Bottled water
What's not included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Book your desired option, depart your central Dubai hotel with your guide, and board your climate-controlled Jeep Wrangler with you or your other nominated driver (depending on option selected) at the wheel. Then, receive instructions and a walkie-talkie before leaving Dubai in a guide-led convoy. After the journey along blacktop roads, arrive at a desert base and deflate your tires to the right pressures for driving on sand. Hit the desert and follow your guide vehicle first over low dunes. Then, pick up speed and enjoy climbing and dropping down ever steeper and higher slopes. Stop for photos and watch for wildlife, and if you’ve upgraded to the 2-driver option, take turns at the wheel. Lastly, ascend the high dune at Fossil Rock to view the sunset and tackle a final driving challenge before driving your Jeep back to Dubai, where your experience ends at your hotel.

Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Our hotel pickup time is 12:10 sharp at any and all Dubai Area hotels
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 17490YOUDRIVE

  • The main driver must be at least 25 or over. 21-24 can drive once in the desert
  • Important information:
  • Copy of your passport, drivers licence will need to be emailed to the supplier upon completion of the booking. Additional documentation will also be required and will be confirmed by your local service provider.
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • List of Approved Driving License as per Road and Transportation Authority: Albania Finland Japan Poland Spain Australia France Kuwait Portugal Sweden Austria Germany Latvia Qatar Switzerland Bahrain Greece Lithuania Romania Turkey Belgium Holland Luxembourg Saudi Arabia United Kingdom Bulgaria Hong Kong Malta Serbia USA Canada Hungary Montenegro Singapore 'People's Republic of China'' Iceland New Zealand Slovakia Cyprus Ireland Norway South Africa Denmark Italy Oman South Korea
  • Most travelers can participate
  • If the driving license is not on the list please kindly provide an international driving permit
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Dubai Self-Drive 4WD Desert and Dune Bash Safari?
Dubai Self-Drive 4WD Desert and Dune Bash Safari price starts from $410.67. Discover and book Dubai Self-Drive 4WD Desert and Dune Bash Safari on Tripadvisor
What is the Dubai Self-Drive 4WD Desert and Dune Bash Safari cancellation policy?
Dubai Self-Drive 4WD Desert and Dune Bash Safari cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Dubai Self-Drive 4WD Desert and Dune Bash Safari on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Dubai Self-Drive 4WD Desert and Dune Bash Safari?
Dubai Self-Drive 4WD Desert and Dune Bash Safari is hosted by OffRoad-Zone. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact OffRoad-Zone on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Dubai Self-Drive 4WD Desert and Dune Bash Safari on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Dubai Self-Drive 4WD Desert and Dune Bash Safari?
On average, this experience will take approximately 5h 30m. Discover and book Dubai Self-Drive 4WD Desert and Dune Bash Safari on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 17490YOUDRIVE

About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

edoardor452
edoardor452
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Amazing dune bashing trip!
Had a great 2-day adventure with Off-road Zone together with a friend and our two teenagers. David, our guide, was
269marfak
269marfak
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Desert Camping Adventure near Dubai
I and my husband took a one-night trip to the desert in December 2020. It was one of the most fantastic experiences
laurentn852
laurentn852
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You Drive 1-night experience
I took up the 1-night out You Drive experience with a friend and both our sons. This was awesome with great dune/d
otomarm
otomarm
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Learning and driving in desert
Perfect adventure. We have spent very nice afternoon learning and driving Jeep in desert with our excellent instruc
Ptee
Ptee
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Didn't stop smiling during this 'must-do' activity
What a fantastic experience! We were lucky enough to end up having our guide David to ourselves and he is a great
Fushif
Fushif
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Fantastic Trip with David
We have had great experience. It was unforgatable. Our Guide was wonderfull, explained and trained us very well. It
F_Zurich
F_Zurich
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Great Fun, Unique Adventure
Just spent a fantastic afternoon learning how to drive up, down, and along banked walls of dunes in a Jeep Wrangler
hurly_sean
hurly_sean
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A New Found Respect
You will appreciate the skill of the Dakar Rally drivers after doing this. You also appreciate the dangers involved
849charas
849charas
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Dessert off-road self drive
It was amazing! The tour was an experience for me. Very professional and Kevin was very very helpful! Thank you K
martinsL6547DZ
martinsL6547DZ
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Great fun for family and visitors
The tour and guide Kevin was great. We were lucky and were the only customers on that day and had a lot of driving.
oliverf530
oliverf530
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If you’re into cars, don’t miss this experience
If you always wondered what it’s like to surf sand dunes in a Jeep, this is your chance to find out. Perfectly orga
LeszekB5
LeszekB5
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Incredible desert ride
I was looking for self drive safari in Dubai and i found offroad zone. I also like Jeep very much and that’s why I
K_S_Bradley1
K_S_Bradley1
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ONCE IN A LIFETIME
Kevin our guide was brilliant and communications from the admin team were perfect. We were picked up right on time
HenkS1983
HenkS1983
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Fantasic desert experience
Our guide David made sure we had a great experience with our total group of 9. He quickly learned us how to drive
Alex B
Alex B
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Brillant experience
Very nice activity, good materials, and very friendly and experienced guide. Also the BBQ in the desert was delicio
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rgw11
Dubai, United Arab Emirates75 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
I bought a 2002 Jeep Wrangler from OffRoadZone back in January and it came with a free YouDrive day. Because of Covid I wasn’t able to take advantage of that until now.
But my wife and I have just had a fabulous day of dune bashing in the Dubai desert in our wonderful old Jeep.
What a car! It coped with everything that the new Jeeps could do, as we were led through the sand by our excellent guide and lead driver David.
I highly recommend this activity - whether with your own 4x4 or with one of OffRoadZone’s rental Jeeps.
Written November 14, 2020
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Eloi_Beauchamp
Montreal, Quebec, Canada19 contributions
Honestly, I love to drive, I love Jeeps and I love the desert! I had it all. I was lucky to be accompanied by David. The perfect guide. Cool, insightful and 100% present.
I took they half day adventure, perfect package for an introduction. Basically, you get your Jeep (impeccable machine), you drive an hour to the desert, deflate the tires and hop you go! Pure pleasure for 2 hours exploring the desert, learning how to navigate and earning confidence. By the end of the expedition, you rock the dunes and have a blast!!!
Absolutely recommend this activity.
My goal is to do the 3 day expedition when I come back to Dubai.
Truly a « once in a lifetime » experience.
Written December 19, 2021
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Graeme A
Tadcaster, UK22 contributions
Feb 2020
Fantastic trip self driving in the desert. David (our guide/instructor) was excellent. Self driving the 4WD Jeeps in the desert was great fun and an experience no tot be missed. Scary and exhilarating at times but a truly unique experience. We travelled as a family of four (with two teenagers) and all thoroughly enjoyed the Jeep trip. The driving is really challenging but also great fun. David was an excellent guide who explained how to drive in the sand and provided a challenging but safe trip.
Don't miss this experience. It was the highlight of our holiday in Dubai!!!
Written February 22, 2020
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Great to hear your experience with us was the highlight of your trip to Dubai. We are glad you chose OffRoad-Zone and our You Drive experience to share with your family and are grateful for your warm words and excellent rating.
Written February 24, 2020
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Tamás H
1 contribution
Jan 2020
I had a half-day self-drive Jeep safari, which I enjoyed a lot. Kevin, my guide, is a super nice guy, he was very helpful and showed me some interesting tactics how not to stuck in the sand. Jeeps are new, very well kept and the trip is very safe. I can strongly recommend this also to families with small kids. I understand they also do multiple days safaries where you spend a few nights in the desert, completely isolated from the outside world (no phone, no internet, etc.). I would like to try that next time together with some friends.
Written January 31, 2020
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DOtieno
We appreciate your excellent review and rating. Our guides are well trained and experienced to ensure complete guest satisfaction. Our 2 days and 1 night package will be the perfect product to give you that extraordinary desert experience to be enjoyed by both family and friends.
Written February 6, 2020
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Oleg K
1 contribution
Nov 2021
One of the best family friendly adventures which you can enjoy in Dubai. We rode in the desert with 9 and 5 years old kids and it was a lot of fun! It was thrilling but not scary. Kevin was our guide and he knows his job very well.
Written November 21, 2021
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John T
3 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We had an absolutely brilliant time with Kevin our instructor. He was an excellent teacher and very patient! The desert was beautiful and the scenery was magnificent. The jeep was very well setup and perfect for the terrain. Both of us learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Thanks again to Kevin for making the trip so fantastic! John and Lynda
Written February 18, 2020
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We are so happy you had such a fantastic trip and finding time to make You Drive a big part of it. Your words are received very warmly and with humility. We thank you for your excellent rating and hope to see you again one day.
Written February 24, 2020
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karen y
Auckland, New Zealand19 contributions
Lucky for us we were the only car and my husband a four wheel drive enthusiast was driving so Kevin our guide took us over some great dunes. We had a fabulous time for nearly two hours. The only gripe would be the driving back in peak hour and following Kevin he didn’t give us any warning when changing more than one lane and when we had no idea where we were going it was a bit stressful.
Written October 8, 2019
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Thank you for your great review and happy to hear you had such a great time. We have discussed with Kevin his need for better communication on the drive back. Thank you for your input as we are always striving to improve.
Written November 11, 2019
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jan_p
Ljubljana, Slovenia7 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
The "You drive" experience was great! Clarisse was super friendly and accommodating and although we called ultra-last-minute, she managed to immediately organize everything for us so we could go on the tour. Kevin, our guide, was a really cool guy and we were blasting through the dunes like pros in no time. It is great fun and an exhilarating ride.
Written May 2, 2019
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Thank you for your excellent rating and comments. We work really hard to make sure everyone has a chance to experience the You Drive even at the last moment :)
Written May 4, 2019
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David and Karen
Dubai, United Arab Emirates22 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
A brilliant experience driving ourselves in convoy with David in the lead across the desert for at least 2.5hrs, learning new skills, drifting across dunes and ending up at the top of Fossil Rock. Can't get more fun than this.
Written April 17, 2019
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We are pleased to hear you had such a fun experience and thank you for your excellent rating and comments. Fossil Rock is amazing!
Written April 18, 2019
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Lucho
Dubai, United Arab Emirates12 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
The whole experience was amazing, from the organization for the dunes to the Instructors and all the support.
Written November 15, 2018
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We appreciate your review and rating. Thank you
Written November 16, 2018
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