Getting a driving license in Dubai is tougher than getting your MBA.
– Emirates Driving Intitute Instructor.
After getting my license 6 weeks ago, I’ve been, tentatively, let loose by my family on the roads of Dubai. My first drive was to my home from Ghurair centre, with my husband in the passenger seat, hanging on for his precious life – just in case. For the next few times, I drove on highways such as Dubai-Al-Ain Road, Dhaid Road etc. While my confidence grew with every long drive, I have yet to face extreme traffic. The kind that’s on Dubai-Sharjah road at 6 am.
From the little I have driven in Dubai, I’ve noticed a few things that seem to be taken for granted on the road.
1. If the car has an Abu Dhabi number plate, it’s expected that there will be reckless and attitude-ish driving involved and you’d be better off keeping a safe distance.
2. A four wheeler has the right of way even when it’s going the wrong way.
3. Seasoned drivers can sniff a new driver from miles away and will either avoid you or tail you before changing lanes. Unless you’re in a 4×4.
4. The left lane is for race car drivers – or those with lots of money to pay the fines.
5. Taxi drivers will give you the way if you’re a female driver. I think that is mostly because a lot of taxi drivers are Pakistani, and that’s how it’s done in Pakistan.
6. The above mentioned taxi driver will also keep a safe distance if he’s behind a female driver. This has more to do with lack of faith in your driving than courtesy.
I’m sure I’ll observe more and more things as the frequency of my driving increases. If you’re driving in Dubai, what kind of things have you noticed on the road?
Oh P.S! I drive a 4×4 ;)
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