Dubai, 18th January 2011.  Traffic at Sheikh Zayed Road.  (Jeffrey E Biteng / The National)
Driving in Dubai puts the whole city, and its myriad attractions, within easy reach. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

More than a third of people say all new UAE residents should be forced to take a driving test



More than a third of people believe UAE residents should be forced to take a driving test before taking to the country's roads, a poll has found.

But almost half of those believe the status quo should be maintained - in which only drivers from certain nationalities face a fresh road assessment - according to a poll conducted by The National.

The findings come after a safety campaigner called for the current policy of allowing drivers from select countries to transfer their license without the need for a UAE-specific test to be scrapped.

Speaking at Serco Middle East's annual road safety event in Ghantoot recently, the company's chief executive David Greer said the diversity of attitudes towards driving meant a one-size-fits-all scheme should be changed.

“You see the diversity of people in the UAE and they have very different attitudes and standards when it comes to driving here,” he said.

“The road conditions in some of those countries are far removed from what we have here.”

Currently, license holders from countries such as the US, UK, Japan and Australia, can apply for an international license to drive in the UAE without the need to sit another test.

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Out of the 287 votes cast so far, 38 per cent agree that all new residents should have to take a driving test before hitting the road, while 45 per cent say the rule only should only apply to “certain nationalities,” as it does now.

Just 17 per cent of respondents felt mandatory tests for all drivers should be introduced.

Currently, the vast majority of European driving license holders can swap theirs for a UAE one, as can people holding driving licenses from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Japan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and the United States.

The majority of people disagreed that there should be a standard number of compulsive hourly lessons, with 56 per cent saying the driver should take the test when they are ready.

Almost a third said there should be between 10 and 20 hours of compulsory lessons before a learner is permitted to take their test, while 12 per cent believe there should be more than 20 hours of compulsive training.

The vast majority of those polled agreed with plans to standardise the driving test across all seven emirates. Just 6 per cent disagreed with this move, while 3 per cent of respondents were not sure.

More than a third – 39 per cent – believe their driving has improved since moving to the UAE, while 32 per cent disagreed and 29 per cent said their driving is of a similar standard.

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SPECS

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Engine: 3.7-litre V6

Transmission: seven-speed automatic

Power: 363hp

Torque: 560Nm

Price: Dh184,500

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If you go

The flights
There are various ways of getting to the southern Serengeti in Tanzania from the UAE. The exact route and airstrip depends on your overall trip itinerary and which camp you’re staying at. 
Flydubai flies direct from Dubai to Kilimanjaro International Airport from Dh1,350 return, including taxes; this can be followed by a short flight from Kilimanjaro to the Serengeti with Coastal Aviation from about US$700 (Dh2,500) return, including taxes. Kenya Airways, Emirates and Etihad offer flights via Nairobi or Dar es Salaam.   

The specs

Engine: 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6

Power: 540hp at 6,500rpm

Torque: 600Nm at 2,500rpm

Transmission: Eight-speed auto

Kerb weight: 1580kg

Price: From Dh750k

On sale: via special order

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UAE fixtures
Sun Oct 2, v Sri Lanka
Tue Oct 4, v India
Wed Oct 5, v Malaysia
Fri Oct 7, v Thailand
Sun Oct 9, v Pakistan
Tue Oct 11, v Bangladesh

UAE squad
Chaya Mughal (captain), Esha Oza, Kavisha Kumari, Khushi Sharma, Theertha Satish, Lavanya Keny, Priyanjali Jain, Suraksha Kotte, Natasha Cherriath, Indhuja Nandakumar, Rishitha Rajith, Vaishnave Mahesh, Siya Gokhale, Samaira Dharnidharka, Mahika Gaur

ABU DHABI'S KEY TOURISM GOALS: BY THE NUMBERS

By 2030, Abu Dhabi aims to achieve:

• 39.3 million visitors, nearly 64% up from 2023

• Dh90 billion contribution to GDP, about 84% more than Dh49 billion in 2023

• 178,000 new jobs, bringing the total to about 366,000

• 52,000 hotel rooms, up 53% from 34,000 in 2023

• 7.2 million international visitors, almost 90% higher compared to 2023's 3.8 million

• 3.9 international overnight hotel stays, 22% more from 3.2 nights in 2023

How to get there

Emirates (www.emirates.com) flies directly to Hanoi, Vietnam, with fares starting from around Dh2,725 return, while Etihad (www.etihad.com) fares cost about Dh2,213 return with a stop. Chuong is 25 kilometres south of Hanoi.
 

UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024

Equestrian
Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).
Judo
Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

Cycling
Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

Swimming
Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).

Athletics
Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

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Price, base / as tested: Dh74,900 / Dh85,900

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Power: 110hp @ 9,000rpm

Torque: 93Nm @ 6,500rpm

Fuel economy, combined: 5.9L / 100km

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Based: Dubai, UAE

Number of employees: 28

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Investment: $9.5m

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