Traffic Rules and Fines in Dubai
Dubai is a place of tourists attraction and commerce where people from all over the world look forward to travelling to. For both business and pleasure as it were. The spectacular sights and spots make the city of Dubai number one choice for a holiday adventure; and the expectations for fun and excitement while visiting are high.
With the tons of great sights and spots in Dubai, there is no telling how long it may take to comb the city in your adventure, but the good thing is, you get to start from somewhere!
If you have arrived Dubai already, or are still making your plans, it will be good for you to equip yourself with all the necessary information (and maybe even some unnecessary information, you never know where it may come in handy). You will need to have information on the city’s hotels, restaurants, relaxation spots, malls, transportation, and so on.
You will also need to be aware of the city’s rules and laws regarding anything that they have rules on, especially for foreigners and for commuting.
What type of vehicle to rent?
If you are one who prefers to drive around, and not having a car on your trip could be a major deterrent. You can actually hire a car in Dubai from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars. You can rent from a mini-car, all the way up to a Limousine.
Car rental in Dubai stock a wide variety of cars depending on your preference or need. From mini-cars to vans, SUVs, wagons, and luxury cars, you have a lot of choices.
If you are on your trip alone or with one person and not going to any sandy areas small car should be just right for you. If you have a big family and friends? Would like to visit the desert? Then you will should go for the sturdier cars.
The car rentals range from around AED 33 – AED 5000 per day based on the type of car you rent. You may find lower or higher prices than these, and of course, prices in between, depending on the type and model of car; also, rates differ from one car rental to another. Discounts may apply when you are hiring the car for a longer period than just an hour.
Get to know some rules
The rules in city of Dubai depict its attention to safety of its citizens and visitors, as well as orderliness of the city. These rules guide Breaking these rules could attract stringent consequences. So far, we see that this has paid off. Citizens and visitors adhere to the rules, and hence we see a high level of organization in Dubai.
Here are some of the rules regarding using the roads in Dubai:
- Do not drink alcohol before driving, as your alcohol test should not be more than zero. This rule not only attracts a fine, but also can get you imprisoned or deported.
- Strap your kids below 8 years old in the booster seats, and do not have your kids below 13 years old in the passenger seat.
- You cannot use your phone when driving, unless you use your hands-free.
- Keep your seat belt on while driving.
- Have the vehicle insurance intact.
- You have to be at least 18 to rent a car in Dubai. Be sure that you are not driving a rented car when you are less than 18.
- For luxury cars, you have to be at least 25 years old, or you will be charged extra rental charges.
Is it difficult to drive in Dubai ?
Driving in Dubai is relatively easy, so renting a car is a good idea. Reading the road signs (which are also on English), and having the GPS tracker should prevent you from getting lost.
Remember, you drive on your left in Dubai. If you are used to driving on the right, it may take a bit to get used to the change. If you cannot, perhaps you could have your partner or your friend drive. Just ensure that they have their driving license.
What driving license do you need ?
Before you pull out and hit the road, you may want to check that you are really good to go especially with your documents, to avoid having issues with the authorities:
Verify that you have your local driving license. If you are from any of the European Countries, or the Gulf Council Countries (GCC) Check that you have an International Driving Permit (IDP). If you are from any other country apart from the European Countries and Gulf Council Countries (GCC)
*Note that if you are from any other country than the European Countries and the Gulf Council Countries (GCC), you will need to obtain your International Driving Permit before leaving your country to Dubai.
*If you have been in Dubai for a bit, and for any reason your visa status changes from a tourist visa to any other visa category, you would need to obtain a UAE Driving License.
You can use your local driving license if you are from any of the European countries or Gulf Council Countries (GCC), otherwise you would need to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) before you leave your country for Dubai.