Citizens of These 43 Countries Don’t Need to Take Driving License Test in UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the top locations for expats, with a population that exceeds that of Emiratis living there. While residing in UAE, it becomes essential to get a driving license.

However, it is very challenging to get a UAE driving license especially due to strict traffic rules in the county. But citizens of 43 countries are fortunate enough to exchange their national driving licenses with the UAE ones.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) provides a facility to exchange licenses under the Markhoos initiative, which grants expats the right to drive with their home country’s driving license or exchange it for a UAE license if they have a residence permit.

MoI has also published a list of 43 countries whose citizens can benefit from this facility. The list is as follows:

  • Estonia
  • Albania
  • Portugal
  • China
  • Hungary
  • Greece
  • Ukraine
  • Bulgaria
  • Slovak
  • Slovenia
  • Serbia
  • Cyprus
  • Latvia
  • Luxembourg
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Iceland
  • Montenegro
  • United State of America
  • France
  • Japan
  • Belgium
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Sweden
  • Ireland
  • Spain
  • Norway
  • New Zealand
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • Netherlands
  • Denmark
  • Austria
  • Finland
  • United Kingdom
  • Turkey
  • Canada
  • Poland
  • South Africa
  • Australia

UAE to Impose Fines on Slow Drivers

A new minimum speed limit is set to be implemented on a major road in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), starting 1 May 2023.

The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Road will have a minimum speed limit of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) for the two leftmost lanes in both directions.

The maximum speed limit will remain at 140 kph. Abu Dhabi Police will enforce this new rule after the violation warning period ends. Anyone driving slower than the minimum speed limit will be fined AED 400.

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