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Driving In Dubai

Driving In Dubai

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Driving In Dubai

Cars and Driving in Dubai

Welcome to our Driving in Dubai section! Here we take a look at all the frequently asked questions to do with all things motoring and driving in Dubai- driving licence conversion, Dubai road rules, paying your traffic fines, registration of your vehicle and how to use the Salik system for paying your tolls.

  • Car Safety

    Car Safety

    Unfortunately children become victims in many accidents on UAE roads. Here we look at which car seat is right for child, the importance of buckling up and tips for Mom's who are driving.

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  • RTA & Dubai Police Traffic Fines

    RTA & Dubai Police Traffic Fines

    There is so much to do in Dubai it's hard to narrow down sometimes. Let us do that hard work for you- our experts have singled out the absolute must do's whilst on holiday in Dubai based on our experience.

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  • Buying & Selling A Car in Dubai

    Buying & Selling A Car in Dubai

    There is a lot of buying and selling of cars going on in Dubai and you will see some amazing vehicles on the roads! If you're looking to buy or sell we have a great guide for you here.

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  • Getting a Drivers Licence in Dubai

    Getting a Drivers Licence in Dubai

    Here we take a look at how to get your driving licence in Dubai. You might be able to convert your existing licence or you may need to take lessons and pass a test.

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  • Salik Toll Explained

    Salik Toll Explained

    Salik is Dubai's road toll system and all cars need to have a registered Salik tags to use parts of the Sheikh Zayed Road and Dubai's bridges. We've all the information you need here.

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  • Dubai Highway Code

    Dubai Highway Code

    The Dubai Highway code has been put together by the RTA- the UAE's Road and Transport Authority and it's a great guide to driving in the Emirates and has all you need to know.

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  • Getting Around Dubai

    Getting Around Dubai

    For anyone new to the city and unfamiliar with how to get around - the metro and tram are most probably the biggest life savers. We've got guides to all public transport in Dubai here.

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  • Road Signs in Dubai

    Road Signs in Dubai

    Whether you are new to Dubai, having driving lessons or have been here a long time- you still need to have a full understanding of Dubai's road signs and their meanings.

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  • Changes Will See New Driving Licences Last Only Two Years

    Changes Will See New Driving Licences Last Only Two Years

    An amended law will see new rules that will begin in July, which see new driving licences last only 2 years with renewals after 5 years for expats only. Find out more about the new rules here and who will be affected.

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  • Is Car Trade-in a Viable Option in the UAE?

    Is Car Trade-in a Viable Option in the UAE?

    You can face many challenges while selling a used car independently in the UAE. One of these challenges is the trade-in option offered by professional car dealers when they look to sell their used cars to dealers. The task of selling used cars becomes even more challenging when trading in a car is weighed against the option of selling a car separately.

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  • Time to Slow Down on Two of Dubai’s Main Roads

    Time to Slow Down on Two of Dubai’s Main Roads

    The speed limits will be reduced on two main Dubai roads, the Dubai Police and Roads and Transport Authority have recently announced. The speed limits on Emirates Road (E 611) and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road (E 311) are expected be reduced by 10kph, but no dates have been confirmed yet. Find out more about it here.

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  • Tips to Spot a Fraudulent Car Buyer

    Tips to Spot a Fraudulent Car Buyer

    It is important for you to remain watchful of fraudulent car buyers while selling used cars in the UAE. There are different methods which can be used to sell cars in the UAE and it is solely the choice of an individual to opt for a specific method. Women can find it tough to sell used cars because of a possible lack of awareness of the used car market, the difficulty in choosing the right platform and negotiating the price of used car with buyers speaking different languages.

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  • 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid While Selling a Car in the UAE

    7 Common Mistakes to Avoid While Selling a Car in the UAE

    Selling a car in the UAE is not an easy job. You need to be sharp, careful and ready to make decisions very quickly. Although the used car market of the UAE is very impressive, but it is very challenging as well. Here are 7 common mistakes that you can avoid while you are selling a car in the UAE.

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  • Now ALL Passengers in a Car Must Wear a Seat Belt

    Now ALL Passengers in a Car Must Wear a Seat Belt

    A new draft law will be implemented within three months that will make wearing a seat belt for ALL passengers in a car mandatory while travelling.

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  • New Radars to Catch Lane Violators in Dubai

    New Radars to Catch Lane Violators in Dubai

    A new radar is coming to Dubai roads to spot drivers who try to illegally cut in queues. Find out more about it here!

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  • Driving Down Sheikh Zayed Road Just Became More Expensive

    Driving Down Sheikh Zayed Road Just Became More Expensive

    In an effort to reduce congestion on Sheikh Zayed Road, the RTA have unlinked two commonly used Salik toll gates, which means commuters who pass through Al Safa and Al Barsha toll gates will now be charged Dhs 4 each time, as opposed to the previous one charge. Meaning, your commute to work just doubled in price.

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  • New Driverless, Flying Cars to Launch This Summer

    New Driverless, Flying Cars to Launch This Summer

    You may have seen in the news over the past few days that Dubai's skies are set to be filled with buzzing, driverless flying cars. While you may have dismissed the idea of them to begin with, we assure you, it's nothing to ignore... After all, the Emirate's skies are set to be abuzz with these new AAVs sooner than you might have thought!

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  • Simple Car Fixes That You Can Do Yourself!

    Simple Car Fixes That You Can Do Yourself!

    Car maintenance does not have to be very expensive. Some things can be fixed at home and you don’t have to be a professional to be able to do it. In fact, there are five easy fixes that you can do yourself in your garage. These fixes don’t take too much time and they are not complex at all. All they need is a little dedication and your time. Also, you will be able to save money on your regular car maintenance as well.

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  • Safe Driving Tips for Young Drivers in the UAE

    Safe Driving Tips for Young Drivers in the UAE

    The alarming rise in the accidents caused by the young drivers in the UAE advocates the fact that driving at a young age without having the required driving confidence is seriously hazardous. Young drivers mostly cause road accidents because they don’t have the required skills to maintain focus while driving and lack the expertise to maneuver in testing circumstances.

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  • 7 Tips to Maintain Your Car in the Winter Season

    7 Tips to Maintain Your Car in the Winter Season

    Winters can be tough for cars and this is why car maintenance matters. Winter car maintenance is a little different to car maintenance in other seasons. The change of seasons can have its say on your vehicle if you don’t maintain it effectively. From the fluids of your car to the lights and tyres, everything must be in an ideal shape to survive chilly conditions in winters.

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  • Most authentic Way to Sell Car in the UAE Avoiding Fraudulent Deals

    Most authentic Way to Sell Car in the UAE

    It was about three years ago when I was looking to sell a car in Dubai and that is when I came to know of the complexities of selling a car in Dubai. Before that, I had no idea of the whole car selling process and that how much intricate it was. To help you sell your car and avoid fraudulent deals, here's a guide to selling a car in the UAE.

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  • Smart Hourly Car Rental Now Launched in Dubai

    Smart Hourly Car Rental Now Launched in Dubai

    n an effort to make improve mobility around the city, Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have launched the Smart Rental Services. This new service allows customers to rent cars for short periods of time (not exceeding six hours) using their smartphones.

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  • Been Flashed? You May Not Have Received a Fine

    Been Flashed? You May Not Have Received a Fine

    A lot of us are guilty of setting off the speed cameras in the past, but now it could be just a reminder! New 'friendly' mobile radars are in place on Dubai's roads to give drivers a warning if they're close to over speeding and dangerous driving.

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  • Useful Speed Limits to Know When Driving in Dubai

    Useful Speed Limits to Know When Driving in Dubai

    With different roads having different limits, it's best to be clued-up on the main limits on main roads. If you’re unfamiliar with what speed limits are on what roads in Dubai, here's a full list of Dubai's popular roads and their speed limits for you to reference to.

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  • 10 Things NOT to do this UAE National Day

    10 Things NOT to do this UAE National Day

    When it comes to your car on UAE National Day, there are some things you must bear in mind during your celebrations as there are some don'ts you must remember so you don't land on the wrong side of the law or cause disrespect to the country and its people.

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  • About Makani and How it Can Help You

    About Makani and How it Can Help You

    You've probably seen the Makani stickers in your lobby at home or at work, or even in the mall... But what does it mean, and how can it help you? We take a look at how you can get your own Makani location, download the app and why it will help you while travelling!

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  • Traffic Fines and the Dubai Tram

    Traffic Fines and the Dubai Tram

    New fines have been announced regarding motorists and their behaviour around Dubai's tram system. Motorists brave enough to cross paths with the Dubai tram are now facing hefty fines and driving bans if they're caught violating these driving offences.

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  • Car Selling – How Expat Women Can Sell Their Cars in the UAE

    Car Selling – How Expat Women Can Sell Their Cars in the UAE

    It is not easy for expat women to sell their car in the UAE. Expat or not, women like to sell cars with as much ease and as little hassle as possible. This will limit your options, to be honest. You would choose to use an online source and not go to any dealer to sell your car in order to minimize you hassle.

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  • Registering Minor Road Accidents in Dubai

    Registering Minor Road Accidents in Dubai

    It's often a scary experience, driving on Dubai's roads, and new expats who have just arrived will need to adjust their driving style to cope with the different conditions here.

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  • New Police Fees Introduced for Traffic Accidents

    New Police Fees Introduced for Traffic Accidents

    Perhaps drivers across Dubai will behave with more care on the roads after a new regulation has been approved that will see getting caught in a traffic accident that bit pricier.

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  • 	RTA Installs New, Smarter Cameras

    RTA Installs New, Smarter Cameras

    You might have already seen one while out and about, but these new robotic-looking cameras are a lot more advanced than what you're used to. These tall, slender cameras are capable of more than your average speeding fine.

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  • 	New Parking Fees in Dubai

    New Parking Fees in Dubai

    Parking in Dubai is about to get a lot more expensive! Yes the rumours are true, and the RTA has confirmed that the parking rates are set to increase on May 28, 2016.

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  • 	The Affects of Car Washes

    The Affects of Car Washes

    In a country like Dubai, where dust and sand lurk around every corner of the city, it’s no wonder the gas stations are always packed with dirty cars, awaiting their turn for their fresh polish and glimmering shine.

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  • Getting Your Vehicle Identification Pass

    Getting Your Vehicle Identification Pass

    Everything you need to know about the vehicle identification pass in the UAE. Say goodbye to long queues at petrol pumps across the UAE, as drivers can now expect to park up, fill up and drive off!

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  • When to Use Your Indicators

    When to Use Your Indicators

    Whether you call it signaling, indicating, turning on your blinkers or something else, letting other drivers on the roads know what you're doing is more than just a matter of good manners... It's a vital part of road safety.

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  • Myths about Buying a New Car

    Myths about Buying a New Car

    The myths surrounding buying a brand new car can make the whole purchasing process a real overwhelming hassle. We get it, and that’s why we are here to help!

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  • A Guide to Parking in Dubai

    A Guide to Parking in Dubai

    We've been there, and completely understand... Parking in Dubai can be quite daunting at first! As it always is whenever you're familiarising yourself with a new place. Of course, once you become at one with the roads here, parking is a piece of cake! Here's a guide to successfully find and pay for parking in the Emirate!

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  • 10 Car Safety Tips for Your Pet

    10 Car Safety Tips for Your Pet

    For most pet parents, a trip isn't any fun if the four-legged members of the family can't tag along with them. Nonetheless, travelling with your pet can be a stressful time for both parties, but with thoughtful preparation, a safe and comfortable trip for everyone is possible.

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  • Monitoring the UAE's Petrol Prices

    Monitoring the UAE's Petrol Prices

    Since August 1st, 2015, prices of fuel in the UAE have been deregulated, as a new pricing policy linked to global prices has been adopted. The decision is aimed at supporting the national economy, lowering fuel consumption, protecting the environment and preserving national resources. Keep track of updates and announcements here.

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  • Driving In Dubai Top Tips and Advice

    Driving In Dubai Top Tips and Advice

    Driving in Dubai can be a scary experience, you certainly need to adjust your driving style to cope with the conditions. We've all had that day when our time has come to venture out onto Dubai's roads... which can seem a daunting task if you are not used to fast and large roads. Staying calm at all times despite erratic driving of others has to be number one. This is easier said than done. There are some very erratic driving styles on the roads that need to be avoided/ coped with. Here's our top tips on what to expect on the roads- the good, the bad and the ugly- and how to stay calm and safe whilst behind the wheel in Dubai.

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  • Dial-A-Battery Helps Contribute Towards Providing UAE Labourers

    Dial-A-Battery Helps Contribute Towards Providing UAE Labourers

    More than 500 labourers have received gift packs comprising of toiletries donated from Dial-A-Battery on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. Labourers from 10 camps across Sharjah and Dubai have been given packs comprising of a toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, nail clippers, razors and shampoo as part of Dial-A-Battery's community outreach program.

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  • Replace a Lost Dubai Driver’s license

    Replace a Lost Dubai Driver’s license

    If you have lost your Dubai driver’s license and you need to drive to work or pickup kids at school, then all you have to do is go to any RTA branch and apply for replacing a lost driver’s license. Don’t ever try to drive around Dubai without your original driver’s license, as this may get you fined when caught. Mike learned, first hand, what the process of replacing your lost drivers license in Dubai entails.

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  • Learning To Drive In Dubai

    Learning To Drive In Dubai

    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. Here we take a look at some of the driving schools and what to expect from your lessons and the driving test.To convert your driving licence you may have to take driving lessons or you might be a first time driver wanting to take lessons and pass your test in Dubai.

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  • How Clean Is Your Car?

    How Clean Is Your Car?

    That’s got you thinking hasn’t it! I’m writing this even though my hands are in agony to raise awareness for this issue. I’m having a severe allergic reaction to my car steering wheel, caused by the heat of the sun degrading the chemicals in the steering wheel which has now presented itself as a painful, swollen, itchy condition on the palms of my hands!

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  • How To Register Your Car

    How To Register Your Car

    Vehicle registration is always a hot topic on our busy forum! It can seem quite daunting a task- but really it can be done very easily if you pick your time of day and make sure you have all the correct documents with you. We've a guide here to take the stress out of the process in Dubai for you. First of all you need to buy a car, if you buy a new one then I guess the dealer will do everything for you, and no doubt if you buy a used one from a dealer they will again do the registration for you.

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  • Renewing Your Driving Licence In Dubai

    Renewing Your Driving Licence In Dubai

    If you've reached that ripe old time of being in Dubai and driving for 10 years- it will be time to renew your driver's licence. Here we take a look at the RTA procedure- from what documents and paperwork you need to where to go to get it done- there's a lot of places you can go to to achieve this- it's very quick and smooth and easy to do. Renewing your licence is simple and can be done at any RTA Traffic Office branch or mall outlet within less than 30 minutes. You can also renew your driving license online by doing an eye-test and posting the results online through the RTA website.

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  • UK Driving Licence Residency Requirement

    UK Driving Licence Residency Requirement

    For all of us who go back to the UK in the summer break and hire a car (or even drive your own or someone else’s car), this is important. Although you may have annually used your UK licence to rent a car and had no problems with the car hire company, you are using your UK licence illegally. It is not the responsibility of the car hire company to give you this information-- your licence carries a valid date and is registered to a UK address. That is really the only information they register.

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  • Buckle Up In The Back Dubai!

    Buckle Up In The Back Dubai!

    Lesley is a mum of 2, and has been living in Dubai for 4 years now. She has been growing steadily more concerned over the number of families that just don’t use seatbelts or car seats in the back for their children. It’s not just a local issue either – we are sure many of you have seen it at your school - parents of all nationalities not buckling their kids up! It’s called Buckle Up In The Back Dubai!!

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  • We Test Drove The New Lexus 200h

    We Test Drove The New Lexus 200h

    Two of the ExpatWoman.com team were invited by Lexus to take part in their energy fuelled CT 200h Urban Drive Challenge. They were among the first to put the region’s pioneering luxury compact through its paces- navigating across Dubai to complete a series of tasks against the clock whilst generating the least mileage.

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