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Ultimate Guide to Driving in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah for Tourists, Residents
Tamsila AliSep 8, 2023 3 min read

Ultimate Guide to Driving in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, & Sharjah

Navigating the expansive highways and intricate road networks of the United Arab Emirates isn't just a drive—it's a journey into the region's multifaceted culture and booming infrastructure. Whether you're a seasoned resident or a tourist soaking in the awe-inspiring skyline, driving here can be as exhilarating as it is intimidating. But worry not; eZhire is here to make your transition from pedestrian to motorist as smooth as our immediate car-ordering process. Let’s delve into the specifics.

A Tale of Three Cities

 

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  • Road Layout: Think of driving in Dubai as a live-action video game; it's both futuristic and challenging. The city has an extensive road network, including the Sheikh Zayed Road, which is the longest road in the UAE.
  • Parking: Free and paid options are plentiful. Some require parking cards, while others have pay-and-display meters.
  • Unique Points: Look out for luxury cars—it’s not unusual to see a Lamborghini police car whizzing by.

 

Abu Dhabi: The Regal Ride

 

Abu Dhabi

Road Layout: Roads are wider but can get congested during peak hours. Make sure to be aware of multiple lane changes and exits.

  • Parking: Parking can be challenging. Mawaqif permits are often required, especially in the city center.
  • Unique Points: Keep an eye out for speed cameras, as they are abundant.

 

Sharjah: The Cultural Cruise

 

Sharjah

Road Layout: Sharjah's roads are less congested and are generally in good condition. However, during peak times, the traffic can pile up.

  • Parking: Parking is generally not an issue, especially in residential areas.
  • Unique Points: Speed limits are strictly enforced in Sharjah, so always keep an eye on the speedometer.

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Driving Profiles: Who Are You?

 

The Tourist

  • Documentation: A valid international driving license and passport are mandatory.

  • Vehicle Options: As a tourist, you’ll find a variety of rental options to suit your travel style, from sedans to luxury cars. With eZhire, you can skip the deposit and immediately order your desired vehicle for any period.

 

The Resident

  • Documentation: A valid UAE driving license is a must.

  • Vehicle Options: Whether you need a car for daily commuting or weekend getaways, eZhire offers both short-term and long-term rental options, with no deposit required.

 

The New Resident

  • Documentation: If you’re still waiting for your residence visa, your international driving license will suffice temporarily.

  • Vehicle Options: eZhire is a godsend for new residents, as our minimum rental period is just one day.

Important Considerations: Fines, Fuel, and More

  • Traffic Fines: Speeding can result in heavy fines and black points on your license. Always adhere to the rules.
  • Fuel Options: You can pay for fuel by cash or card at almost all petrol stations. Note that fuel prices are regulated and change monthly.
  • Emergency Numbers: The police emergency number is 999. Always keep a list of other emergency numbers, such as tow services and the nearest hospital.

 

eZhire: Your Ultimate Travel Companion

In the landscape of UAE’s diverse driving conditions, eZhire stands as your steadfast companion. Our quick, no-paperwork approach ensures that your transition from foot to accelerator is as smooth as can be. With our transparent pricing and 24/7 service, you're not just renting a car; you're investing in peace of mind.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re gliding along Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road, navigating the regal pathways of Abu Dhabi, or cruising through Sharjah's cultural landscape, each emirate offers a unique blend of challenges and thrills. With this guide and eZhire’s innovative car rental services, you're set for an unforgettable journey on UAE's roads.

Ready for the Ultimate Driving Experience?

Don’t just read about it—live it. Order your eZhire vehicle today and take command of the UAE’s roads with the same ease and confidence as you navigate through our app. Because at eZhire, we believe that the journey should be as enjoyable as the destination.