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Driving Laws & Regulations in Dubai

Driving laws and regulations in Dubai - Everything you need to know

It’s always a good idea to check the local driving laws and regulations before you rent a car. Whether you are a GCC national, resident or tourist, here are some regulations that you should know before driving on any road in the UAE.

What documents are required when driving in the UAE?

People living in the UAE must carry their driving license, proof of insurance, a vehicle registration document and an ID card.

Those who drive without a driving license in the UAE will face hefty fines and penalties. Drivers can face a fine of AED 5,000 along with 3 months imprisonment.

What are the speed limits in Dubai?

The speed limits in the UAE vary by area and road conditions. Drivers should make sure to take special notice of the changing speed limits, as they can vary from 100 km/h to 140 km/h in certain areas. can face an AED 3,000 fine and 23 black points on their license, along with the vehicle being impounded for 60 days if they are caught exceeding speed limits.

Quick highlights of main speed limits:

  • 25 km/h on service roads and parking zones

  • 40 km/h in residential areas

  • 40–80 km/h in urban areas

  • 100 km/h in rural areas

  • 100–140 km/h on highways

For more specific driving rules in Dubai, please check:

What is the minimum driving age in the UAE?

The minimum age to drive in the UAE is 18 years old. However, most rental companies will only issue a vehicle if you are 21 years old or over.

What are the approximate parking fines in the UAE?

  • Blocking other cars: AED 500

  • Parking your vehicle in special needs spaces or in front of fire hydrants: AED 1,000 fine and 6 black points

  • Using a parking space illegally: AED 500

  • If you park your vehicle in ambulance parking, then you will face AED 1,000 fine and 6 black points

  • Unsecured parking: AED 500

  • A vehicle parked on the pavement: AED 400

What are the fines for driving under the influence in Dubai?

As per UAE traffic law, drivers who are caught driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol will get their license suspended for one year. However, the fines and jail terms will be decided by the court.

What happens if I ignore traffic light signals?

Ignoring traffic lights can result in an AED 1,000 fine and a penalty of 12 black points. Additionally, the vehicle may also be seized for one month. If you are renting a car and this happens, you may be responsible for paying any fines associated with this.

Other things to know

  • Driving while on the phone is illegal

  • Wearing a seatbelt is mandatory

  • The passenger must be at least 145 cm and over the age of 10

  • Failing to give passage to government officials, such as police and ambulance, can cause up to an AED 3000 fine

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