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Plan Your Road Trip in UAE: International Driver's Permit Acquisition

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IDP is essential when driving abroad

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International Driving Permit (IDP), regulated by the United Nations, certifies that you are the holder of a valid driver's license in your country of origin.

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Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world.

How to get your IDP


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How much does international driving license cost in UAE?

It costs only $69 to buy an International Driving Permit (IDP) in UAE. We also offer a Digital copy of your license while you wait for your physical copy.

An IDP is a document approved by the United Nations to translate your valid driver’s license into 12 widely spoken languages worldwide.

If you want to apply for your international driving licence (idl) from us, you only need to prepare the following items. Your valid home country driver’s license, a passport size photo, and credit card.

Which countries driving licence is valid in UAE?

Motorists with a home country driving license from the following countries are considered valid in the UAE:

  • India
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Australia
  • Switzerland
  • Japan
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Malaysia
  • Qatar
  • South Korea
  • France
  • Thailand
  • Norway
  • Malta
  • Egypt
  • United Kingdom
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Ireland
  • And other countries.

Although these foreign countries’ driver’s licenses are accepted as a legal requirement, you might get stuck with renting motorcycles or vehicles from car rental companies.

Moreover, although you might have an IDP, if you want to continue UAE driving for more than three months in Abu Dhabi or any other location within the United Arab Emirates, you’ll still be required to provide your Emirates ID and enroll in a driving school in the UAE to get a valid UAE driver’s license and be considered a valid driver in the country.

Top Destinations in The UAE

The United Arab Emirates’ oil reserves are the sixth-largest in the world, while its natural gas reserves are the world’s seventh-largest. The country’s economy is the most diversified in the Gulf Cooperation Council, while Dubai, the country’s most populous city, is a global city and international aviation and maritime trade hub. UAE is a federal elective constitutional monarchy formed from a federation of seven emirates.

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa, also known as the Burj Dubai before it got inaugurated in 2010, is one of the most famous United Arab Emirates buildings. Adrian Smith of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, the company that designed the Willis Tower and One World Trade Center, lead the design for this building. The construction of Burj Khalifa began in 2004, with its exterior taking five years to complete, and has a total height of 829.8 meters and a roof height of 828 meters.

Burj Khalifa is best known for being the tallest skyscraper globally and is the most popular tourist attraction in Dubai. The name Burj Khalifa means Khalifa Tower and is formerly known as Burj Dubai or Dubai Tower. This tower has various purposes such as: Office, Residential, Hotels, Observation, Restaurant, and Communication. Every year, a firework show or laser show will take place on Burj Khalifa for New Year’s Eve, attracting thousands of people.

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab is a luxury hotel that resides in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is known as one of the tallest hotels in the world. Thirty-nine percent of the building’s total height is made up of non-occupiable space since it stands on an artificial island 280 meters from Jumeirah Beach and is connected to the mainland by a curve bridge.

Most Important Rules of Driving in The UAE

Driving to the top tourist spots in the UAE can be easy and stress-free if you adhere to the driving rules and etiquette of the country. The majority of the UAE's driving regulations are similar to those in other countries, and their road signs are in both Arabic and English, making them easy to understand. It is important to follow these rules without exceptions. Here are the most crucial driving rules in the UAE that you should remember.

Drive below the speed limit

Don’t drive above the speed limit - 80 kilometers per hour. Driving below the speed limit is a strict rule imposed in the UAE to avoid road accidents. If you get caught overspeeding, you will face a severe offense, and you will have to pay a fine, which could ruin your vacation in the country. As a tourist, be a good driver when in the streets of the UAE.

Don’t Drink and Drive.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol was the leading cause of accidents in the UAE in 2011. Having a small amount of alcohol in your body affects the vision and sharpness of the brain. To avoid being in trouble and causing accidents on the road, you must not drink and drive.

The United Arab Emirates has a zero-tolerance rule in drink-driving.

Legal Driving Age

The legal driving age in the UAE is 18 years old, which means you must be at least that age to operate a vehicle. Being at a legal age doesn’t just allow you to drive a car, but car rental companies also require renters to be at a legal age to rent a car. You must apply for an International driver’s permit to rent a car, which will need your international driver’s license UAE visa, passport, and your local driver’s license.

Ready to check if an IDP is accepted in your destination?

Use the form and find out in seconds whether you need an international permit. Documents vary, based on the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic.

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