Dubai traffic rules
Here's a couple of things you should or already know about driving in
If your road map is more than a few weeks old, throw it out and get a
If you are in Al Rashidiya and your map is one day old, then it is
Forget the traffic rules you learned elsewhere. Dubai has its own
version of traffic rules, which can be summarized as "Hold on and pray!"
If it is your priority to cross, forget it and wait.
There is no such thing as a dangerous high-speed chase in Dubai.
Everyone drives like that.
When you plan to get a new car, ask first about its acceleration from 80
to 160 Km/h (recommended: 3 seconds). Very important if you frequently
use the Emirates Road
All directions start with Sheikh Zayed Road, which has no beginning and
The morning rush hour is from 5:00 AM to 1:00 PM , The evening rush hour
is from 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM..
Wednesday's rush hour starts Tuesday morning.
If you slow down at a yellow traffic light, you will be rear-ended and
then given a ticket by the Dubai Police.
If you are the first one at the intersection, when the light turns green
ignore the car honking behind you and count to five to avoid crashing
into one of the cars running the red light in cross-traffic.
Construction on all main roads is a way of life and a
permanent form of entertainment. (Sorry for the inconvenience)
All unfamiliar sights are explained by the phrase, "Oh, we must be in
Car horns are actually toys for big boys.
Anyone in a Land Cruiser, Tuned Patrol,Pathfinders or Mercedes with
tinted windows has the right of way. Period.
If you are driving a Corolla, Sunny, mazdas, or another small Japanese
car, stay on the far right lane. No comment!
Most roads mysteriously change names as you cross intersections.
To ask directions, you must have good knowledge of Urdu.
A trip across town will take a minimum of four hours, although Sheikh
Zayed Road has an unposted minimum speed of 150 Km/h.
Hard shoulders on highways are known as the Abu Dhabi express lanes.
It is sobering to realize that local Arabs are taught how to drive by
18 wheeler trucks are one of the fastest vehicles in Dubai, they can do
120 Km/h on Hatta-Oman Road when fully loaded.
The minimum acceptable speed on the Emirates Roadis 160 km/h. Anything
less is considered downright sissy.
Al Khail Road is Dubai's daily version of NASCAR.
DubaiAutodrome has a new extension: The Emirates Road