Whether you’re new to the road, new to Dubai or just curious about cars, we’ve got some tips to help you stay safe whilst seeing the sights.
As one of the worlds most modern cities, Dubai has some of the best road conditions for drivers. The roads can be busy, and intersections can seem chaotic to the untrained eye.
Driving in Dubai
The first tip to driving in Dubai, it to have a functioning Sat-Nav, better still a live navigation unit that helps you avoid congestion.
In Dubai, you drive on the right-hand side of the road. At roundabouts you give way to vehicles that are already circulating. The speed limits are 60km/h around the city, and 100km/h on the country roads or highways. MBZ highway has a speed limit of 110 km/h and the Emirates Road has a top speed limit of 120 km/h.
In Dubai there are thousands of cameras monitoring traffic 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With fines starting at AED 200 for minor traffic violations, reckless driving will be seen and will be penalized. This approach has seen major reductions in violations over the last five years, and subsequently major reductions in accidents and deaths.
As a tourist, you’ll need an international license to drive in Dubai. The roads can be hectic, so it is recommended you do your research before traveling and pay extra attention on the roads. Driving habits of the locals may be vastly different from what you have seen at home.
For car rental, there are plenty of options. From daily, weekly or long-term lease to pay by the kilometer rentals, Dubai has a vast range on offer. For more on leasing a vehicle in Dubai you can check our other blog post by clicking here.
Parking around Dubai is a simple system, once you know the rules. All car parks operate on a pay by the hour system, payable upon your return with the ticket. For on street parking, the prices and permits differ dependent on the region. For more information on zones and costs, check our guide to RTA parking in Dubai.
The final bit of advice for anyone new to the roads in Dubai, is learn to read the signs. The road signs are, for the most part, self-explanatory and in both English and Arabic.
Hope we have given you some basic tips to start planning your driving in Dubai.