What Is Salik And How It Works?

Salik is Dubai’s electronic toll collection system that promises to revolutionise congestion and traffic flow on the city’s roads. The system is fairly familiar to those who have made their way on Dubai’s roads for quite a while. However, newcomers in the city often have questions about it. Even the most seasoned travellers have a couple of things they do not know about Salik.

Whether you’re a tourist or you’re living in the UAE, you need to know what Salik is and how it works. This is very helpful when you drive your own vehicle or ride a hire car.

This article is written to help you understand everything you need to know about the toll system in the UAE. Read on to become more aware of what this term is and how it works in Dubai.

What is Salik?

The term Salik is an Arabic word for clear and moving. As briefly mentioned above, the electronic toll system spreads across Dubai roads. They launched it in 2007 for congestion of the roads and facilitate the free flow of traffic. The innovative system has helped simplify navigation in Dubai.

However, the word has been adopted for Dubai’s road toll system. Now, It is known to be electronic road toll system in Dubai that operates without the typical barrier or toll booth.

The toll system, which was created in 2007 by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), automatically handles road users’ fees. Before this system, drivers had to queue on checkpoints. Truly, doing so used to waste a lot of time. The frustration among motorists who would channel it through car honking was equally unbearable.

All motorists in Dubai have to buy a special tag that is attached to their vehicle’s front windshield. They also have to add credit to this tag to pay the toll fee.

Dubai Salik

What Is A Salik Account?

If you will drive in the United Arab Emirates, you definitely need a Salik account. The first time you buy this tag. They require your personal and vehicle details to open the account. These details are then saved and linked to the readable tag. This tag will hence help the Dubai toll system to identify you and your vehicle.

Note that opening a toll account or sticking the tag to your vehicle’s windscreen is not enough. You must properly and always pay your toll charges. So if you have a tag on your windscreen but have insufficient money in your toll account, this may result in a fine. You will also have to pay a fine if the tag on your vehicle is not registered to your account.

How Does Toll Work in Dubai?

As stated above, all motorists must buy a special tag, which should be attached to the front windscreen. This tag is the Salik tag, and it holds a readable electronic chip containing a unique identification number. At each toll gate, a scanner is installed to read this electronic chip. This scanner operates based on the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.

To understand the Salik account, you need to understand the Salik tag. Salik tag is a sticker tag that does not need a battery or moving part to operate. The tag remains operational for as long as your windshield does. 

It can withstand all weather and speeds. Whether it’s pouring heavily or under a scorching sun and moving faster, the tag accurately identifies your vehicle system.

Once a vehicle passes through the toll gate, the scanner automatically scans the readable tag attached to the front windscreen and deducts a fee. With this Dubai toll system, motorists in Dubai don’t have to slow down or stop when they pass through toll gates.

Your Salik account links to the Salik tag for debiting purposes. A single account can have many Salik tags connected to it. Thus, registration of many vehicles happens, so that one gets several tags for each of these vehicles connected to the single account. 

In Dubai, you cannot have over one Salik account. The only way to get another account is if you are in another emirate where you would be under different traffic profiles.

All motorists are expected to have purchased prepaid cards to load their toll accounts from where the toll charges will be deducted each time they pass through toll gates.

When you rent a car Dubai this comes with a Salik tag already included on it. The costs associated with that tag show up in the billing deed. It is important not to confuse penalties/fines and Salik charges. Equally important, car rental companies include Salik charges when the car crosses a toll.

Where Can Motorists Purchase this Tag?

You can buy a tag at ENOC petrol stations, EPCO gas stations, Emirates NBD, and Dubai Islamic Bank. There is also an online system that offers sales of these tags. You can also top up your account or open an account at the outlets above.

How to Open a Salik Account?

An account is opened for you when you purchase your first Salik tag. At that point of purchase, you must submit a completed application form. Application forms are available at the outlets listed above and you can download them online.

While opening your account, you need to provide both your personal information and your car registration details. Once you open your account, you will receive your account number through SMS.

Where Are Salik Toll Gates In The UAE?

Here is the list of the toll gates located in the UAE:

  • Al Maktoum Bridge Salik Gate (Umm Hurair Road)
  • Al Garhoud Bridge Salik Gate (Sheikh Rashid Road)
  • Airport Tunnel Salik Gate (Beirut Street)
  • Al Mamzar North Salik Gate
  • Al Safa Salik Gate (Sheikh Zayed Road)
  • Jebel Ali Salik Gate (Sheikh Zayed Road)
  • Al Mamzar South Salik Gate (Al Ittihad Road)
  • Al Barsha Salik Gate (Sheikh Zayed Road)

How Much Is The Toll Fee?

Motorists need to pay the fee of 4 AED per entry at each Salik toll gate.


Is There Any Maximum Amount To Pay On Toll System Daily?

Initially, the maximum amount to pay on the toll system is 24 AED per day. This means, when you pass through six toll gates and pay 24 AED, you no longer have to pay if you pass through other toll gates for the day. However, this system changed in 2013.

The new system places no limit on the number of times a vehicle passes through the toll gates daily. That means if you pass through all the eight toll gates in a day, you need to pay charges accordingly.

And note that there is no Salik-free hour or day. The toll system operates 24/7 including Fridays. However, only the Al Maktoum Bridge toll gate is Salik-free on Friday and also at night.

What Is The Fine For Not Paying Salik?

If you pass through a toll gate with insufficient money in your account, you have to pay 50 AED fine. However, you can evade this fine by recharging your account within 5 working days.

Note that a motorist can only default in paying a toll charge per day. Therefore, if you pass through multiple toll gates in a day with insufficient money in your account, you will have to pay 400 AED fine each time you pass through a toll gate.


From the article above, you would have seen that Salik is a well-designed automatic toll system that charges motorists via RFID technology as they pass through toll gates.

So, you’ll never queue at a toll gate on any highway in the UAE. You’ll also pay toll charges when you hire a car from Rental Cars UAE. This already charged to your bill and explained as part of your rental options by our customer service. Rental Cars UAE is topmost car rental companies in Dubai, that offers rental options for economy cars, sports cars, compact cars, luxury cars.

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