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Driving in the United Arab Emirates

Driving in the UAE is on the right, i.e. the driver sits on the left of the car and on a dual carriageway, you’ll be driving on the right side. The road system is modern and new, the style fast and confident, sometimes overly confident, bordering on the aggressive. You will encounter fast city driving, or if it’s rush hour, total standstill. In residential areas, you might well be slowed down by a few goats or chickens, while outside the cities, it’s desert conditions with sand dunes and/or camels on the roads providing the daily challenges. The good news is, petrol is cheap. You will find that pretty much everybody has a car – or at least a driver. Even though public transport is available, quite simply, the only way to get from A to B is by car, unless you live and work right in the heart of the cities. Statistics from the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) suggest that there are 540 cars per 1,000 people in the UAE. The RTA oversees the roads, vehicles, and public transport across the UAE. Its website gives the entire lowdown on transportation in the UAE.

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