30 July 2013| Last updated on 6 July 2015
Driving Lessons 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.
Here is the procedure as explained by the Government of Dubai's very handy website www.dubai.ae...
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:
Driving license holders from Greece, Canada, Cyprus, Poland, Turkey, Japan & South Korea will require a translation of their driving license from their respective consulates.
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.
The theory test is carried out at the five authorized driving schools. Don't forget to carry relevant ID, driving file+ 2 photos and theory test RTA fee of AED 200.
A total of 35 questions on road signals, hazards and guidelines on safe-driving will be asked in either English, Arabic or Urdu, with more languages to be added later. Candidates who cannot read the touch-screen or are not computer literate can take the examination orally.
The first segment with 17 questions focuses on general traffic situations, and the candidate will need to answer a minimum of 11 correct to pass. The second segment has 18 questions related to the specific driving license the candidate requires and a minimum of 12 correct answers are required to be eligible for the 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.
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.
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...
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.
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 www.bdc.ae
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