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Driving in The United Arab Emirates - UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven emirates. They are made up of Abu Dhabi (which is the capital), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain

Key rules, regulations and things to know

Driving: Drive on the right and overtake on the left.

Speed limits speed limits are 40-80 Km in urban areas, 25 Km/h in parking areas and on service roads and 100-120 Km on main highways / motorways and roads to other emirates. Distances and speed limits are in km/h.

On highways there is a minimum speed limit of 60 Km. In residential areas, speed limits can be as low as 40 Km.

The minimum age for hiring a car is 25 years old

Driving Licence You must have a full driving licence that is valid in your country of residence.

An International Driving Permit - (IDP) is also required. Find out more here for obtaining one for UK driving licence holders

Drivers are obliged to carry at all times whilst driving - a valid driving licence, registration documents and insurance documents.

Accidents - All road accidents, even a minor scratch, must be reported to the police (Telephone 999). You need to record as much information as possible using a camera / mobile phone.

Speed cameras and radar detectors are common and on-the-spot traffic fines for certain offences.

The Dubai Police also has an important role in ensuring safety and traffic regulations. They have a website that has information on traffic procedures, violations and fines. Find out more here

Drinking and Driving: Zero-tolerance for drink driving in the UAE

You will find the place names, streets and signage e.g roadworks written in English as well as Arabic

Seat belts: It is compulsory for front and rear seat occupants to wear seat belts.

Mobile Phones: It is illegal to use a hand held mobile phone whilst driving. This rule does not apply to hands free phones

Foreign travel advice United Arab Emirates from UK Government Here

Telephone Country Code: +971

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Emergency Telephone numbers

Police 999

Ambulance 998

Fire 997

Finally, Don't forget your carhire excess insurance and buy it before you set off.

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