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Getting ready for your trip to Dubai

Here you will find useful information to help you prepare for your Dubai Motorcycle Tour Holiday. This is only a recommended list of “to do’s” to consider but feel free to bring anything you want. If you are not sure about something, don’t hesitate to call us or to send us an email. Remember...you’re on holiday and we’re here to serve you. We are so looking forward to seeing you and sharing our passion to ride, sightseeing and having fun. That’s why we want to make sure that you don’t miss anything.

Thanks for allowing us to be of service to you.

Serge Brouillet 

Getting ready for trip to Dubai

Getting into Dubai, United Arab Emirates:
All guests are required to have a current passport. Visasare required for most nationalities. If you are a resident of another country please contact your local Embassy.

Driving Licence: 
An International Driving Permit allowing you to ride full-size motorcycles is absolutely required. 


Our motorcycles are fully insured for Third Party Liability and collision (with a 2,000 EUR deductible). You are responsible for the bike you are riding at any given time. A complete walk-around check will be done prior to accepting the motorcycle and all flaws (if any) will be identified at that time and documented. We certainly don’t want to charge you for anything that are not responsible for. And we expect the same from our customers. 

Medical Requirements: 
Dubai boasts having numerous clinics and hospitals as well as famous health care facilities. Please be sure to obtain travel insurance for your stay in the United Arab Emirates (we suggest this includes medical coverage for adventure holidays and trip cancellation insurance. 

Your guides are equipped with telecommunication capabilities and can secure help very quickly. Please let the guides know if you have a medical condition that would require special procedures in case of emergency, (for example certain allergies to medications or diabetes). If you are taking medication, we suggest you have your prescription filled for the duration of your holiday as foreign prescriptions may not be honoured in UAE pharmacies.

Drugs and Alcohol: 
The use of drugs or alcohol before or during the days ride is strictly forbidden! Once your motorcycle is parked, there will be plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy a few. Alcohol is not included in your holiday price. Alcohol is only available in hotels as only residents with a liquor license can purchase alcohol from a store. 


The UAE has very strict drug and alcohol laws and not to be taken lightly. 


If for whatever reason, you need to give a blood or urine sample and traces of illegal drugs are found in your system, the penalties can be severe. We advise any social/casual user coming to the UAE, not to indulge in any drugs at least for one month prior to coming to the UAE.

The UAE has a ZERO alcohol tolerance level. That means that drinking alcohol (any amount) and driving is absolutely forbidden by law. Transportation will be provided on booked evenings. Also, taxis are inexpensive here. So enjoy your motorcycle vacation without a worry in the world. 


The local currency in the UAE is Dirhams. There are many Money Exchangers here and the rate of exchange is very good, even better than the banks. For large item purchases, the Euro and the U.S. dollar is usually accepted. 


Where to get Dirhams: 
Besides your hotel, there are many banks as well as money exchangers. But, bank machines are available just about everywhere including most petrol stations. If you money, you won’t have any trouble converting it.


Credit cards: 
Visa and MasterCard can be used almost anywhere in the Gulf countries. Keep in mind, that petrol stations in the emirate of Dubai only accept cash.


The UAE operates on 220 volts. You should bring a convertor/ adaptor if you wish to use your own small appliances.


There are 2 telephone Operators/Carriers in the UAE; du and Etisalat. Mobile SIM cards for your mobile phones can be purchased in du’s retail stores at most shopping malls. Rates are very reasonable and both operators offer high quality level telephone service. Whatever is available in most western countries is available in Dubai. 
For directory inquiry services, depending on which service provider you select, you either dial 199 (du) or dial 181 (Etisalat).


All our motorcycles are high end machines and require premium fuel. Fuel is not included in your holiday price. There are petrol stations all over the country. Fortunately, the cost of fuel is very cheap here, so you won’t need a lot of cash for your fuel, maybe 40 Euros for the entire week. 


There are 2 telephone Operators/Carriers in the UAE; du and Etisalat. Mobile SIM cards for your mobile phones can be purchased in du’s retail stores at most shopping malls. Rates are very reasonable and both operators offer high quality level telephone service. Whatever is available in most western countries is available in Dubai. 
For directory inquiry services, depending on which service provider you select, you either dial 199 (du) or dial 181 (Etisalat).


All breakfasts are included in your holiday price. And we’re talking about a “full” breakfast with a large variety of fresh fruit, juices, meats, eggs, pastry, etc. The quality of food here is great. Just about anything your palate desires is available here and at very reasonable prices. 
As stated in the 7 & 10 day itiniery, all breakfasts are included as well as an Arabian night buffet one evening and a Dhow cruise dinner on another night. Depending on the group’s preferences, more group dinners can be arranged through your guide. Remember...we are at your service.


There are plenty of taxis around and they are reasonably priced. They are mostly all new cars and the drivers are all uniformed. Most drivers are from India or Pakistan and can usually understand where you want to go. You can just waive them down or just walk to any hotel and there are usually some there waiting for a customer. They are all metered, so there’s no argument about the fare. It’s customary to tip them a bit also but not necessary. 

Camels and Goats: 
On our rides through the desert, you will definitely see camels and often, they will be crossing the road. You will need to slow down and let them continue crossing and then continue slowly until we completely passed them. The same applies if they are simply on the side of the road. You never know when they can bolt across the road due to the loud noises from the Harley exhaust pipes. 

Your safty is our prime concer:

The following is a list of several safety tips that you have probably heard before but are always useful to be reminded of. Also, below are several things to remember when riding with a group and the guide.

The UAE probably has more speed control cameras than anywhere else in the world. Seldom, will get stopped by the police but you will get heavy fines. The average speeding fine is approx. 150 Euros and that’s for over 20 km over the speed limit. When riding in a group, the average speed is usually around 110 to 120 Km/hour on a desert highway. Therefore, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll get a speeding ticket when you’re with the group but when out on your own. Just pay attention to the signs and you shouldn’t have a problem. 
If you do receive a speeding ticket, it will be charge to you credit card along with a copy of the speeding ticket. Also, if you don’t feel comfortable riding at our speeds, don’t hesitate to address it with the road captain/guide. We do have a solution. So, don’t speed, don’t waste money on speeding tickets and live longer. 

Group Riding: 
We are very experienced at riding in a group. There’s something to be said about the look and feel of riding in harmony, like an orchestra all playing in synch. But, in order for it to work, all must be on the same page and agree to the principles of group riding. We will instruct you on what is expected and guide you on how to implement it. You will enjoy group riding with us.

Reckless riding and Showing-off: 
This type of behavior will not be tolerated.Showing-off means you are not only risking your own safety, but the safety of others. An accident resulting from showing-off or reckless riding will result in your expulsion from the tour, return of motorcycle and you will not receive a refund. You will be allowed to stay at the resort for the remainder of the allotted time.
Requirements and Procedures

The average temperature between Sept.15 and May 15 can vary between 25 to 35 Celsius during the day to 15 to 20 Celsius at night. Depending on when you plan on taking your vacation with us, we will inform you of the expected weather. Regardless, during these winter months, the riding is spectacular.

Must have:
  • Riders must have a valid motorcycle driver’s license as well as International driver’s license. 
  • A minimum of two years riding experience and holder of driver’s license for that period. 
  • All riders must be at least 25 years old. 
  • The use of alcohol is strictly forbidden while riding. 
  • All riders must be comfortable riding in a variety of weather & road conditions 
  • Riders with passengers must have prior experience riding in the above mentioned conditions with a passenger aboard. 
  • Riders must wear a DOT approved helmet and protective eyewear at all times on the motorcycle. 
  • Riding gloves and proper footwear are required. 
  • All riders must consistently ride within their own skill and comfort levels 
  • Both rider and passenger must sign a Liability Waiver before taking the holiday 
  • All riders must be comfortable operating a full-size motorcycle

    Must have: 
    Although we would prefer not having any cancellations, we understand that circumstances beyond anyone’s control can happen. That’s why we have a cancellation policy. 
  • All cancellations must be done in writing either by fax, mail or email.  
  • Cancellations received more than 60 days before departure will be refunded less a 200 Euros per person.
  • Between 30 and 60 days before departure, Tour cost will be refunded less the deposit. Holidays cancelled less than 30 days before departure are not refundable. 
  • Trip cancellation insurance is recommended. 

    Minimum Tour Participants: 
    Up to 30 days prior to tour start Dubai Motorcycle Tours can cancel a tour if an insufficient number of tour participants have booked and fully paid by that time.