Dubai, the largest and the most happening city of the United Arab Emirates, is known for its gigantic infrastructure, high end shopping districts and nightlife. What it also boasts of is a vibrant adventure sports scene , based on a unique desert ecosystem. Here, you can enjoy thrilling sports like desert safari , dune bashing, sand boarding and quad biking and end your day with a luxurious meal at an ultra-modern desert oasis. Quad biking has become one of the most popular adventure sports in Dubai. Here are some of the things you might like to know before partaking in this exhilarating experience.
A quad bike, also known as an All Terrain Vehicle or ATV, is a three or four wheeler motor vehicle with low pressure tires and handlebars for navigation. As the name suggests, ATVs are designed to be compatible with diverse and inaccessible terrains. As a result, they are extensively used by militaries to access landscapes comprising of dirt, gravel, sand, snow and rock among others. They are also widely used as recreational and adventure vehicles, with QuadCross races taking place in many locations around the world. Pro quad bike riders can exhibit crazy tricks and jumps with their vehicles, and just watching them negotiate some of the most difficult terrains in the world is a treat in itself.
Whipping up a sandstorm by quad-biking in Dubai. Photo by Martha
The first quadracycles were actually introduced by Royal Enfield in 1893. Most modern quad bikes have four stroke engines that go up to 500 cc capacity, and generally fall in two categories - sport and utility. Sport quad bikes tend to be two wheel drive with the drive shaft attached to the rear wheel, while utility ATVs tend to have four wheel drive that offer more efficient navigation across terrains. Sport quad bikes are also lighter in comparison and can achieve a higher maximum speed, which is around 130 to 150 km/h. ATVs by motorcycle manufacturers Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha are quite popular across categories. The 700 cc Yamaha Raptor 700 is one of the leading high end ATVs in production. ATVs can have both manual as well as automatic transmission.
The ATV can do things completely unimaginable on a two wheeler motorcycle. Due to the added balance of the four wheels, the large surface area and diameter of the tyres and roll-over protection, ATVs can climb rocks, negotiate trenches and muddy terrain and even surf on desert sand.
Dubai is the perfect place to go quad biking among other desert adventures like camel safaris, dune bashing and sand boarding because of its proximity to some of the most iconic sand dunes in the Emirates. Dubai’s most famous sand dunes are known as the Big Red, owing to the natural red color of the sand due to excess iron oxide content. The huge 300 feet high sand dune is a delight for the adventure sports enthusiast and a haven for all things motorsport and motocross, for example the great UAE Desert Challenge. It is easy to arrange tours in 4x4s, sand trailers, dune buggies and quad bikes in this area with a lot of licensed vendors supplying vehicles, equipments and tourguides for support. Additionally, on furnishing the right licenses, you can rent quad bikes by the hour and explore the desert on your own and with your friends.
You can also plan an two day itinerary which includes exploring the desert and adventure activities during the day and a sumptuous meal in a desert camp complete with furnished tents and entertainment like belly dancing at night. For more hardcore adventure enthusiasts, there are many riding communities that offer full day excursion into the deeper parts of the desert. The best part about quad biking in Dubai is that you are never too far away from civilization, with the city of Dubai always within access.
Desert quad biking in Dubai. Photo by Martha
Quad biking can be nerve wracking and exhilarating for beginners and experts alike, and one of the reasons is that you truly are skirting danger while partaking in this sport. It is therefore very important to take certain precautions before you embark upon your ride.
With the above things in mind, there is no stopping you from enjoying the adrenaline rush that only a quad bike zipping through the desert can give you. Plan your trip according to the next Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge to witness mind boggling feats of riding on the desert sand and rub shoulders with some of the most elite motosport riders in the world!