UAE Bird Guiding

As of November 2018 we are struggling with availability of birdguides, the few we have are only available during some weekends (Friday & Saturday).

If you find yourself in Dubai, you can either rent a taxi for a half day or full day from
Dubai Taxi, by ordering 24 hours in advance.
In 2019 the taxi rates are AED 900 for 6 hours and AED 1,800 for 12 hours.
Be prepared with instructions to the taxi driver, as few of the birding sites are known to them.


Guiding Rates

General rate is AED 150 pr hour (US $ 40). This includes the guide in a four-wheel drive vehicle.

Half day guiding, 6 hours: AED  800/- (US $ 220)
This is for 1-3 persons, no additional cost if you are one, two or three persons in the car.

Full day guiding, 12 hours: AED 1.600/- (US $ 435)

This is for 1-3 persons, no additional cost if you are one, two or three persons in the car.


Pick-up & drop-off in Dubai is normally at a central location, for example at hotel along Sheik Zayed Road, esp. if you are staying at an obscure hotel, in areas of Dubai with heavy traffic. Your guide will let you know the details.

To contact a bird guide, see Contact.


Stewart Kirkcaldy - DUBAI


Stewart hails from the UK and has been birding for over 30 years.

He worked in various conservation projects in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, UK, in the early 1980’s with the Forestry Commission. As a youth he used to assist with guided walks with the Countryside Ranger Service at a local Loch near his home town in Scotland; and in his early years sigthed an estimated 1,200 species from his travels.

He has also spent time in Kruger National Park in South Africa. 
He was in Australia in the Capital Territory in 2015, and has visited various locations across the whole of the United Kingdom.


As a resident of the UAE since 2005, he is familiar with the local birding hotspots.
His UAE list is currently over 200 species since he began recording in 2015.


Stewart is a keen photographer and is currently documenting the avifauna of the UAE and has an in depth knowledge of Canon equipment. He can accommodate up to three plus their equipment in his long wheelbase Mitsubishi Pajero. 


Stewart is available on weekends (Fridays and Saturdays) but may be available for a day midweek if enough advance notice is given, he will happily supply eBird checklists for specific areas to assist with clients achieving their wish list goals.

Write him now