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Driving Information United Arab Emirates

Driving Licence Requirements

The driving licence requirements in UAE state that you must have a full driving licence that is valid in your country of residence. An international driver's licence is also required.

Age Restrictions

Minimum age restrictions to hire a car in United Arab Emirates from many local companies is 25 years. You should check the age restrictions when bookng a car in Abu Dhabi.

Driving Distances

  • Dubai to Abu Dhabi - 127kms

  • Manama to Sharjah - 64kms

Road Rules and Petrol Stations

General UAE driving information, laws rules and regulations:

  • Driving in UAE is on the right hand side of the road.

  • Seat belts when driving a hire car in UAE are mandatory.

  • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.

  • Drivers are to carry at all times while driving, a valid driver's licence, registration documents and insurance documents.

  • Petrol stations in UAE generally open from 8am to 10pm with some stations in major cities and on the highway open 24 hours.


The Salik toll road system was started in Dubai in 2007, to help reduce the problem of serious congestion. Each time you pass through a Salik tolling point, the toll of AED 4 will be deducted from your prepaid toll account (tags can be purchased from petrol stations and banks) using advanced Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. Alternative routes are available.

Parking Information

Parking is not allowed where the curb is painted black and yellow. Always check for the UAE parking information before you leave your rental car parked in Dubai or other UAE cities..


The policy for one-way car hire within the UAE varies between suppliers so please check before travel.  Some suppliers will allow a one way car hire on a one day hire whilst others require a three day minimum contract.  Also, please be aware that one way car hire can incur an additional fee.  Please check prior to travel as if a fee will be charged you can find out the amount in advance.

Before picking up your car hire in the United Arab Emirates it is important that you have looked through some of these rules and regulations about driving a car to ensure you have the safest possible journey.

Dubai car hire starting at ú13 /per day*

*Rates shown are per day, based upon a 7-day car hire. Taxes and additional surcharges may apply.

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