Driving in Dubai
To drive in Dubai, you need a local driver's license. Most foreign licenses are not accepted in the Emirates. However, a list of 36 countries was drawn up for which no driving test is required. If your home country is listed, you must get a letter from your national embassy or consulate confirmimg the validity of your license, then have it translated into Arabic before submitting your application to the Police department. A photocopy of your passport is mandatory. Fees apply. Upon presentation of all the required documents, you should get your local driver's license within a fortnight.
If your country is not part of the 36 countries listed, you need to undergo training and take driving tests in a local driving school. In order to register in a driving school in Dubai, you need to take sight tests and provide your no-objection letter from your employer. A temporary driver's licence will be issued during your driving sessions. You will then need to take practical and theoretical tests. If tests are successful, you will receive your local driver's license. Fees apply.
Good to know:
Given the high temperatures in the region, it is highly recommended to get a car with an air conditioning system. A technical inspection is performed annually. If inspection is satisfactory, you will be allowed to renew your license. Zero tolerance is applied in Dubai for speeding or drunk driving.
Complete procedures for getting a driving license in Dubai
Approved list of 36 countries
Guide section: Driver's licence
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