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Driving license requirements in the emirates

There are several things to keep in mind and some paperwork to sort through before deciding to rent a car, such as the following:

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  • You must be 18 years or older to drive a car but 21 years old or older to rent it.
  • If you are from one of the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (GCC) or a European country, you don’t need an International Driving Licence. You can drive with your own driving licence as long as you are on a tourist visa. 
  • If you are not from one of the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (GCC) or a European country and as long as you are on a tourist visa, you would have to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) from your home country before you travel to Dubai. Make sure that you always carry this with your own driver’s license from back home and passport!
  • If your visa situation changes and you stop having a tourist visa, you will have to get a UAE driving licence.
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What documents are required to rent a car in Dubai, UAE?

With respect to location that you are from and having a valid UAE license the requirements varies in UAE..

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Things to consider before choosing to rent a car in Dubai

Driving in Dubai can be daunting if you are not used to heavy traffic and busy roads. Initially, the expenses to buy a car can also be quite substantial. .

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Can tourists drive in Dubai with home license?

If you are travelling to Dubai the first thing that comes up in your mind is Can tourists drive in Dubai? .