Driving in Dubai

An introduction to driving a car in Dubai: an overview of the main road rules and regulations...

Infrastructure in Dubai is good; however, the Emirate has a poor road safety record and a high per capita death rate which it is trying to address by improving driving standards. Traffic congestion is also a problem, and construction work and road closures are frequent. There are strong penalties for those who break the law.

Driving rules and regulations differ in each Emirate, so it is important to know local laws when driving in Dubai. These pages give information on driving rules and regulations, driving authorities, driving licences, roads and road signs, speed limits, parking, accidents, insurance and drink driving.

Driving Rules and Regulations

  • Drive on the right hand side of the road
  • The minimum age for driving a car is 18
  • Seatbelts are mandatory in the front and rear seats
  • Children under the age of 13 are not allowed to sit in the front
  • Children between the ages of 4 and 8 should use a booster seat if below 4'9" tall
  • Mobile cellular telephones may not be used while driving except with a "handsfree" system
  • Never drink and drive: the legal alcohol limit is zero
  • A valid driving licence is required to drive in Dubai
  • Drivers should carry their insurance documents and registration cards in the car at all times
  • It is forbidden to turn right on a red light
  • Never drive or overtake on the hard shoulder
  • Vehicle insurance is compulsory
  • Annual roadworthiness tests are required for vehicles over two years old
  • Car registration must be renewed annually

The Emirates Sports Federation produces a Safe Driving Handbook which can be ordered by telephone:

  • Emirates Sports Federation
    Tel: 04 282 7111

A Guide to Safe Driving can also be downloaded from the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority website.

Further Information