Dubai Driving Lessons In Dubai

Dubai Driving Lessons In Dubai

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Driving Lessons In Dubai

Here we take a look at some of the driving schools and what to expect from your lessons and the driving test.

Many expats move to Dubai without ever having learnt to drive, or have maybe had a long break from driving or belong to one of the countries that you have to take a driving test for to be able to drive here in Dubai and the UAE. 

Driving Lessons in Dubai

Here is the procedure as explained by the Government of Dubai's very handy website

Driving licences can be obtained by adult UAE citizens/residents after training from an authorized driving school in Dubai. If you are 18-21 year of age, you can apply for a probationary licence.

If you have never driven before or have a driving licence that is not on the approved list of 36 countries then you must undergo training.

The countries from which citizens can transfer their driving licenses are given below:

Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States. (Please call RTA on 8009090 for any changes to this list)

Please note: Driving license holders of some countries in the above list will require translations or consulate letters. These countries include:

Canada: A letter from the Canadian Consulate in Dubai to verify that the license is genuine is required, before transferring your license.

Driving license holders from Greece, Canada, Cyprus, Poland, Turkey, Japan & South Korea will require a translation of their driving license from their respective consulates.

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Documents Required
Passport (original & copy) with residence stamp, No-Objection Certificate from employer & 8 photos.

Authorized Driving Schools
Al Ahli Driving School-04-3411500 (10 branches)
Belhasa Driving School - 04-3243535 (18 branches)
Dubai Driving Center- 04-3455855 (13 branches)
Emirates Driving Institute-04-2631100 (53 branches/mall counters)
Galadari Driving School-04-2676166 (14 branches)

1. Get an eye test done either at an optician or at your driving school.
2. The school will handle all paper-work with RTA who may even have a counter at the school.
3. Receive your temporary driving licence, which you must carry in your training car.
4. Once you have passed all internal tests like garage and parking, your school will apply for your theory test followed by your road test.

Theory Test
Bring all the documentation that you have to your theory test along with your valid id and AED 200 fee. There are a total of 40 questions divided into different segments on the theory test. Five questions will test your ability to assess risks on the road and how you respond to these risks, the next section comprises of general traffic situations which you need to get above 65% to pass, and the final section is concerned with driving license related questions and candidates need a minimum of 67% to pass. 

The first five questions are five videos that last 25 seconds each, and they depict different environmental conditions and a set of unique associated road risks, posing the question how the driver-to-be would cope with them. Conditions include rainy weather, highways, school zones, desert areas, densely populated or market areas with high pedestrian traffic, residential areas and night driving. 

The purpose of the theory tests is to ensure graduate drivers have a high sense of safety, traffic awareness and skills in order to reduce traffic accidents on Dubai's roads. 

Theory tests can be conducted in three basic languages. i.e. Arabic, English and Urdu. 

Driving lessons in Dubai

Road Test
On the date assigned, go with your passport, driving file+ 2 photos to the RTA Licence Section as advised by your driving school. Fill up application form & submit fees (around AED 200 for road test). When your name is called out, go along with the other three candidates and the RTA inspector to the designated car. You will be given just a few minutes to demonstrate your driving and anticipatory skills.

If you fail, you will have to register with your driving school for at least 7 more classes and get a new road-test date.

If you pass, collect the approval paper from your inspector and go to the Pass Counter. Submit along with suitable ID & AED 100. Collect your test file and submit to Control Counter. After processing, pay required fee and proceed to photo area. When your name is called out, have your photo taken. Congratulations. In a few minutes, you will receive your DL and be eligible to drive in Dubai and the UAE.

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Do keep in mind that Dubai has a zero-tolerance policy on drinking and driving. Plainclothes police men travel about in unmarked vehicles and can legally stop you at any time to check. Dubai eGovernment recommends that you buckle up your seatbelt and drive safely at all times.

For more information, please visit RTA website or call RTA on 8009090.

Driving Lessons
Here we take a look at Belhasa Driving Centre- one of the most popular driving lesson institues in Dubai and what they offer for driver training...

Training Course: Light Motor Vehicle (LMV)
Belhasa Driving Center offers light motor vehicle training course with the high professional teaching standards implemented, thus getting a high success ratio. The centralised registration and processing of documentation, extensive fleet of 650 cars, trained and professional driving instructors, internal testing, rapid test dates, transportation facilities, flexible timings and the local issuance of the much coveted driving licence ensures the supremacy of Belhasa Driving Center as the finest driving center.
The course covers important elements such as:
  • Preliminary & Final Lecture
  • Garage, Side Parking & Hill
  • Use of Clutch, Accelerator, Brakes etc.
  • Signals (Theory & Test)
  • Systematic driving skills
  • Observation, Reaction & Timing
  • Blind Spots, Lane Discipline & Lane Changing
  • Alcohol, Stress & Fatigue
  • Control of Vehicle & Attentiveness
  • Handling Emergency Situations
  • Hazards (actual risk & potential risk)
  • Safe Driving with Best Attitude

For more information visit their website on


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  • mickey123  on  10 May 2015 04:11:21 PM

    Planning to take driving classes which one should I go with feeling really confused? I want something which does not have too much of waiting period and cost wise a bit cheaper.. Please guide :)

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  • admin  on  10 May 2015 04:54:02 PM

    Hello Mickey 123, There is some useful information on this page: Happy to help EW admin

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