All about Dubai's road tolls (Salik)
Like any modern metropolis, Dubai has a well maintained road network with world class infrastructure. To keep things running in top shape, Dubai uses a toll system to help fund ongoing maintenance of its roads. Salik is the name of Dubai’s road tolls and, as of writing, there are 8 Salik gates across Dubai.
Salik gates are currently located at Al Barsha, Al Garhoud, Al Maktoum Bridge, Al Mamzar South, Al Mamzar North, Al Safa, Airport Tunnel and Jebel Ali.
Salik went public with an IPO in September 2022 and there have been discussions of adding more toll gates to the network, along with other changes to keep things running smoothly and at scale.
Salik was first introduced on 1 July 2007 and passing through each toll gate costs a mere 4 AED.
All vehicles, whether cars, motorbikes, trucks or vans, all need to have a valid Salik tag which is registered in the Salik network. This allows for easy tracking of trips made through a toll gate.
Salik tags can be bought from any RTA office and at all service stations across Dubai.
Once your account is set up, you simply top it up and the 4 AED toll is deducted each time you pass through a Salik gate.
It’s as simple as that!
If you do find yourself going through a gate with insufficient balance, you’ll be notified and given a grace period to top up your balance to avoid any fines. Luckily, Salik sends you a notification when your balance runs below 30 AED, so you have ample opportunity to top up.
If you’re renting a car in Dubai, then the vehicle would already have a Salik tag and the tolls would be the responsibility of the car owner - whether an agency or private renter - unless by prior arrangement.
For anyone renting a car through Shazza, you can rest assured that Salik is taken care of.