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Is My Country Driving License Valid in The UAE?

Is My Country Driving License Valid in The UAE?

More than 22 million tourists visited the UAE in 2017, while Dubai alone was graced by 15.8 million tourists during the same period as per the UAE Government’s official portal. We reckon the figures will be even more staggering for the year of 2018. While half the visitors come here for business purposes or job opportunities, a huge number travel the UAE for a luxury holiday like none other. It’s important to check if your home country’s driving license is eligible or if you need an international driving permit beforehand if you’re planning to rent a car and drive in Dubai.

If you’re one among the many visiting Dubai, Abu Dhabi or any of the emirates, did you know that you can legally rent a car on your country’s driving license? Yes, say good bye to your travel woes, inconvenient metro rides and expensive taxi fares. Rent any type of car in the UAE through yours truly and drive at your pace!

Find out if your country’s driving license valid in the UAE. Check the below 2019-updated list, as per RTA (Roads & Transport Authority), below:


  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Oman
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia (KSA)
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Netherlands (Holland)
  • Turquie
  • United Kingdom  (UK)
  • United States of America  (USA)


Driving license from all the above mentioned countries are valid in the UAE. Note you must be visiting the UAE on a visit/tourist visa. UAE residents need to convert their home country driving license to UAE driving license.

For all other countries, an International Driving Permit is essential from the driving license holder’s home country.

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  1. Guide to the Best Supercar Rental Experience in Dubai | Dubai Car Rental Blog

    Your age must be 25 years and you must have a driving license. If you are a traveler, you can drive a rental car in the UAE with your home country driving license

  2. UAE Car Rental Regulations 101 | Dubai Car Rental Blog

    You can drive on their home country’s driving license (if applicable, see list here) or they’ll require an international driving license together with their home country driving license.

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