Driving a Car in UAE Guide

UAE is the country that holds the highest number of annual foreign ex-pats. This country is known for its strict laws and rules that everyone has to follow. And the same goes for driving rules and laws. Especially, if you’re a visitor or tourist, you might need to read this article before hiring a car and driving in UAE.

Requirements to Drive a car in Dubai

You must have a UAE driving license for the age of 21 years.

  • You should have a valid driving license for at least 1 year (or less) with a minimum of 6 months of driving experience on the road, and no more than 3 years if you are aged between 21 and 25 years old.
  • You should have a valid license issued by an authorized car manufacturer in your country of origin or residence (e.g., China).
  • You must provide proof of your residency in the UAE, such as a visa or other official documents such as your passport or driver’s license, or other proof that shows that you are allowed to drive in Dubai.

Here are Some Tips that will Help Driving in the UAE

  • Be aware of speed limits
  • Use indicators and mirrors
  • Signal when changing lanes or turning
  • Don’t drive while texting or talking on the phone
  • Don’t drink and drive. Alcohol is not allowed during driving in UAE.
  • The speed limit is 50km/h on most roads in the Emirates and 100km/h on highways.
  • Driving on the left-hand side of the road is mandatory for vehicles with two axles like a sedan and other hatchbacks.

Make Sure your Car is Roadworthy

Check that the tires are in good condition and that there are no bald patches on them or any other defects. You may be required to have them replaced before you can register your car with the authorities there. If so, make sure that you get new ones from a reputable supplier.

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