Dubai is a megapolis in all senses and if there is something that can be dangerous in such cities, it’s driving. In the best case scenario, you will be stuck in traffic, in the worst scenario, you will be surrounded by reckless drivers, who can drive over you just to get to their meeting on time. Well, this came off a little scary but in reality, I just want to inform you. Is it safe to drive in Dubai? Let’s find out together, shall we?
You need to be allowed to drive
Before getting into how safe driving in Dubai is, you should take care of your driver’s license. The government requires the residents to get a local driver’s license. Which means before you are legally allowed to drive in the city, you will be exposed to its traffic. The truth is, Western workers usually don’t face any problems and in some cases, you won’t even have to take the tests to get the license. Non-western workers, on the other hand, have to attend driving classes and take the tests, before they can get the license.
Driving in Dubai can get a little crazy
The most dangerous kind of drivers that you can encounter is drunk drivers. This is not a problem in Dubai because the laws are extremely strict. Plus, drinking is not so common among locals. However, you will meet other reckless drivers, who will do anything to get to their destination a minute early. Such drivers are tired bus or taxi drivers, distracted drivers, who are on their phone and of course, the high-speed lovers. The latter has to be the biggest problem in Dubai. The locals love speed and they usually drive good cars with capacities of significantly high speeds. So, buckle up, both figuratively and literally because you’ll see a lot of Mercedes and sports cars passing you at an alarming speed.
Very often or not, the drivers in Dubai forget about the existence of lanes. They can move to another one without turning the indicators on, so you just have to guess which direction they are headed. Locals also love big cars, so if you want to have a say in the road then you need to drive a big one as well.
To sum up, it would be a lie to say that it’s totally safe to drive in Dubai. However, if you’re a cautious driver then you’ll get used to the habits of local drivers and avoid any accidents.