How to Apply for a Desert Safari License in Dubai

Desert Safari License

How to Apply for a Desert Safari License

Dubai’s desert safari is an iconic adventure that draws visitors from around the world. The thrill of navigating the golden dunes and exploring the vast desert landscape is an experience like no other. However, you must first obtain a desert safari license to drive a commercial safari vehicle. This license ensures that drivers are well-trained and knowledgeable about the unique challenges of desert driving.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the entire process of applying for a desert safari license in Dubai. From understanding the requirements to completing the necessary training, we’ll provide you with all the information you need. By the end of this post, you’ll be ready to start your journey as a certified desert safari driver, ready to offer tourists an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Dubai’s stunning desert.

Stay tuned as we dive into the details of each step, ensuring you have a smooth and successful application process.

Apply for Safari Driver Training

The first essential step in starting your journey as a desert safari driver in Dubai is to complete the required safari driver training. This training is crucial because it equips you with the skills and knowledge necessary to handle the unique challenges of driving in the desert. The Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) mandates a five-day training course, which you must pass to be eligible for a commercial safari driving license.

Here’s what you need to know:

Overview of Training Requirement

The safari driver training course is designed to ensure you are well-prepared for the demanding conditions of desert driving. The course covers everything from vehicle handling on the dunes to understanding the local culture and heritage, which you will need to share with tourists.

Cost and Processing Time

When planning to enroll in the training, it’s important to consider both the cost and the processing time. The course fee is AED 5,020, which covers all the training materials and sessions. Once you have submitted all the necessary documents, your application will be processed quickly, typically within one business day. This fast processing time ensures that you can start your training without unnecessary delays.

  • Duration: The training lasts for five consecutive days.
  • Price: AED 5,020
  • Processing Time: Your application will be processed within one business day.


This training is not just about driving; it’s about becoming a knowledgeable guide who can provide a safe and informative experience for visitors.

In the next section, we will guide you through the detailed steps of obtaining your safari driving license, making the process as straightforward as possible. Stay tuned for a comprehensive breakdown of each step you need to follow.

Steps for Obtaining the Safari Driving License

Getting your safari driving license in Dubai is a straightforward process, but it involves several important steps. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you navigate through it smoothly.

1. Register on the Platform and Create an Account

First, you need to register on the designated platform. This is where you will create your account, which is necessary for the entire application process.

  • How to Register: Click on the Safari Driver Guide Award (SDGA) link to begin your registration.
  • Required Documents: You will need to upload several documents, including:
    • Emirates ID (both sides).
    • Tourism guide permit RTA approval letter.
    • NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the tourist company.
    • Dubai police clearance letter English certificate with Intermediate level (A2.3 as per Certificate.
    • European Framework)
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2. Account Verification

Once you’ve uploaded all the required documents, the next step is account verification. This process ensures that all your information is accurate and complete.

  • Verification ProcessThe verification of your documents will take place within one business day.
  • Notification: You will receive a verification notice via email once your documents are approved.

3. Pay for Your Training

After your account is verified, you will need to pay for the training course.

  • Payment Details: Your verification notice will include a link to the payment gateway.
  • Payment Methods: You can pay using a debit or credit card or any smart government payment methods.
  • Note: The payment is non-refundable, so make sure you are fully committed before proceeding.

4. Select Course Dates

With the payment done, the next step is to choose the dates for your training course.

  • Choosing Dates: Select five consecutive days that fit your schedule. It’s important to attend all five days to complete the course.

5. Attend Training Course

Now comes the exciting part – attending the training course.

  • Course Duration: The training spans five days and focuses on various aspects of desert driving and guiding tourists.
  • Attendance: Full attendance is mandatory to be eligible for the final assessment.

6. Take the Final Assessment

After completing the training, you’ll need to pass a final assessment.

  • Assessment Details: The assessment will test your speaking and presentation skills, as well as your knowledge of the UAE, its culture, and its heritage.

7. Receive Certification

Upon successfully passing the final assessment, you will receive your certification.

  • Certification: You will get both a digital and a hard copy of your certificate.
  • RTA System Update: Your training completion will be updated in the RTA systemconfirming that you have passed the training.


The safari driver training is valid for one year. After this period, you will need to renew your training certification. During the validity of your training certificate, you can apply for a Safari Driver’s License with the RTA.

The training is typically held at the Dubai College of Tourism, located at DET Headquarters: One Central Building 2, Floor 4. If an alternative venue is needed, attendees will be notified prior to the course commencement.

No, the course fee payment is non-transferable and non-refundable.

You can print your certificate from the tour guide desert safari system. This makes it easy to have a hard copy whenever you need it.

Yes, you can use a safari driver license issued in another emirate.

No, passing the safari driver training is just one part of the process. You must also receive your Safari Driver’s License, which is issued by the Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA). After completing your training, DCT will update your traffic file directly with the RTA. You can then apply for your Safari Driver’s License with the RTA before driving any safari vehicles.

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