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Travelling to the cosmopolitan city of Dubai is one of the many wishes of travellers. There are many ways to enjoy Dubai and the many scenic places to see while in the Middle East. You can join an excursion or land tours or even commute. However, if you are like other people who prefer to discover beautiful attractions on your own, driving will be a good way to see the city.
Driving in Dubai can be fun, exciting, and daunting all at the same time. People who are driving in Dubai for the first time may find the unfamiliar roads challenging. Do not let that scare you because Dubai has wide, clean and well-kept roads. The road signs are very visible. There are police and traffic enforcement everywhere so you will be safe. Road side assistance is available and plenty of gas stations, supermarkets and food kiosks line up the long stretches of wide roads leading to the various emirates adjoining Dubai.
Even if you are a seasoned driver who is accustomed to driving elsewhere, it is best to know the driving etiquettes of Dubai. Aside from that, Dubai has strict road safety and traffic policy in place.
1. Driving and Drinking does not mix
2. No hand and arm gestures
3. No cursing or swearing
4. Use the indicators/signals properly
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Many drivers here do not seem to know the importance of indicating or using signals. Some drivers will signal but never change or turn and others would suddenly swerve to your lane without any notice. I have been to many countries and have observed how other people drive. I know this happens anywhere too but based on my experience living in this country for many years, drivers who do not use any signals or indicators are highly concentrated here.
5. Give way to the tram, public and school buses
6. Keep calm and drive on
It is imperative to acquaint yourself with your new surrounding, the orientation of the driver's side in this country, the laws and regulations, and fines and violations. You can get tips from other travellers who have driven here and in other places around the world from this travel guide.