International Driving License for Dubai
Usually, when you travel to another country you definitely have a clear purpose: you want to travel, to work there or you have an important business or meeting.
If your main activity is based on traveling, you certainly need to go to different places, cities and areas, so you have some choices. You can travel by train, by bus or you can take a plane, but it has higher costs than any other public transportation.
Most of the visitors and tourists choose to travel by car because they have the possibility to rent one. Before doing that you should know that you have to obtain an international driving permit in Dubai.
People who are Dubai’s residents are able to drive a car but they must have a valid driving license issued by the local authorities from Dubai. On the other hand, visitors, tourists or workers who want to drive a car in Dubai are able to do that but they must have a valid driving license from their own country with the specifications of international driving permit.
Those who want to drive a car in Dubai but aren’t Dubai’s residents are able to do that just by renting a car from a local renting cars company that has proper documentation for this. They aren’t allowed to drive a car that belongs to a friend, or something similar.
How to Obtain International Driving Permit (IDP)
If you’re wondering how to obtain an international driving permit in Dubai, you need to know that you have to go to the Automobile and Touring Club of UAE. They will help you with the whole process.
The main purpose of the international driving license in Dubai is to prove that the holder (visitor, worker, business man) has a valid driving license that is also available in UAE and Dubai. It is the same thing in many other countries if you want to be able to drive a normal car there.
The next thing you need to know about the international driving license in Dubai is what documents are required to obtain it.
You have to provide a copy of your valid passport, a copy of your valid driving license from your own country and two color photos.
Most of the rules and regulations are the same as those from your own country. It’s good to know that the cars are left-hand drive in Dubai, so, as you expect, the traffic stays on the right side of the road. It is the same thing in most of the countries from Europe, except Great Britain, it is the same in US and Canada.
In Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Asia they also have the traffic on the left site of the road (as UK). This aspect is very important if you’re not used with the right hand side of the road, so you should be more careful if it is the first time when you’re driving like that.
When you go to obtain your driving license in Dubai you have to pay a tax.
Your international driving permit in Dubai will be valid for just one year from the date it was issued. Be careful with that because if could get a penalty if you still use your driving license in Dubai even if it is expired.
It is good to do a little research before going to Dubai because some rules can be changed, so you might need to provide additional documents or to pay other fees to obtain your international driving permit in Dubai.
Make sure that all your documents are valid for at least 3 months, otherwise you could not get your international driving license approved.