Planning a road trip? Whether travelling by car or bus, a modern network of first-class roads and highways links the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates. Driving to Dubai from neighbouring countries is easy and a great way to explore the country. An Emirate Route Number designates highways and main roads in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. In the UAE, cars drive on the right side. Speed limits are clearly displayed and are usually 60-80km/h (37-50mph) around town, and 100-120km/h (60-75mph) on highways.
If you have a valid GCC licence or international driver’s licence, you can drive in Dubai using that licence. If your licence is issued in one of the following countries — Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States — you can get a temporary driving permit with your national licence.
Licence holders of the following countries require translations or consulate letters:
- Canada: A letter from the Canadian Consulate in Dubai to verify that the licence is genuine is required, before transferring your licence.
- Greece, Canada, Turkey, Japan, and South Korea licence holders require a translation of their driving licence from their respective consulates.
Fees & documents required:
- Passport for residents (original & copy)
- Current driving licence (original & copy)
- Translation of driving licence (for some countries)
- Consulate letter (for Canadians)
- 1 passport photo
- Eye test certificate and AED100 for transfer fee
- A copy of your visit visa
Please visit www.rta.ae
for the most current information regarding fees and documents.
- Drivers must be over 18 years old.
- Third-party insurance is compulsory.
- Seat belts are compulsory, and it’s illegal to use handheld mobile phones while driving.
- Dubai enforces a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to drinking and driving.
- Salik is a toll system without toll collectors or gates allowing traffic to move freely. Motorists pay in advance to enter a Salik zone (rental cars are pre-fitted with Salik) and each time a vehicle passes through, the toll is deducted. Check salik.gov.ae for locations.
- Emergency breakdown service: Arabian Automobile Association. For more information, visit www.aaauae.com or call +971 4 266 99 89
Coach services between Oman, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria are another convenient and affordable way to travel to Dubai. There are also minibus services to the main cities of the UAE. Approximate driving times to Dubai from Al-Ain: 1 hour 15 minutes; from Abu Dhabi: 1 hour 30 minutes; from Muscat: 5 hours.