Driving around the UAE is definitely a worthwhile experience. However, there are some things you will need to know before hitting the road.
• In order to apply for a driver’s license, you must have a Residence Visa.
• Only those entering the UAE on a Visit Visa or those holding a driver’s license issued by a GCC country can rent avehicle.
• If your spouse enters on a Visit Visa, he/she can rent a car using an international driver’s license or a temporary UAE driver’s license.
On The Road
• In the UAE, vehicles are driven on the right side of the road.
• It is illegal to drive over the paved shoulder.
• It is also illegal to speak on a mobile phone while driving; get a “hands free” accessory for your phone.
• It is against the law to turn right on a red light.
• There are many roundabouts in the UAE. Try to stay on the inside lane when turning left and always signal.
• Seatbelts (including rear seatbelts) in cars and buses are mandatory and should be worn at all times. 10 years old are not allowed in the front seat.
• Watch out for speed bumps. They are usually indicated in yellow and can be quite high.
• You will be rarely stopped by a policeman for speeding, but note that there are many hidden radar cameras.
• If you are involved in an accident, call the police and do not leave the scene.
• Make sure that you have your registration card and driver’s license on hand.
• When the police arrive, they will determine who is at fault so make sure to cooperate and answer their questions.
• In the case where you are determined to be at fault, you will be given a pink form. If you are determined not to be at fault, you will be given a green form.
• A garage cannot repair accident damage without this form so make sure to keep it safe.
Buying A Vehicle
You can only buy a vehicle in the UAE if you have a Residence Visa and a UAE driver’s license. Prices usually start from about AED 45,000, and second hand cars are available. You can find a wide range of vehicles to choose from on - www.alyamamaautos.com.