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List of countries that can exchange their driving license in Dubai

If you are in Dubai on a tourist visa, you can rent and drive a car with your European or American driving license; however, if you work there or if you are on a residence visa, you need to get a UAE driving license in order to drive your car in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. There are a list of 43 countries that they can convert driving license to a UAE driving license after doing an eye test and legal translation of their foreign driving license to Arabic. Some countries driving license can be converted to their nationals only while other licenses can be converted to any holder regardless of his nationality.

Now, which countries driving license can be exchanged in UAE. The list of countries is:

  1. USA (US driving license can be converted to a UAE driving license for all its holders whether the license holder is a US national or not).

  2. Portugal (Portugal driving license can be converted to a UAE driving license but the license holder should be a Portuguese).

  3. UK (all holders)

  4. Italy (all holders).

  5. France (all holders).

  6. Belgium (all holders).

  7. Germany (all holders).

  8. Switzerland (all holders).

  9. Spain (all holders).

  10. Norway (all holders).

  11. Denmark (all holders).

  12. Sweden (all holders).

  13. Finland (all holders).

  14. New Zealand (all holders).

  15. Ireland (all holders).

  16. Greece (For Greece nationals only).

  17. Netherlands (For Netherlands nationals only).

  18. Romania (all holders).

  19. Austria (all holders).

  20. Poland (all holders).

  21. Luxemburg (all holders).

  22. Slovenia (For Slovenia nationals only).

  23. Latvia (For Latvia nationals only).

  24. Lithuania (For Lithuania nationals only).

  25. Hungary (For Hungary nationals only).

  26. Bulgaria (For Bulgaria nationals only).

  27. Iceland (For Iceland nationals only).

  28. Albania (For Albania nationals only).

  29. Cyprus (For Cyprus nationals only).

  30. Montenegro (For Montenegro nationals only).

  31. Estonia (For Estonia nationals only).

  32. Malta (For Malta nationals only).

  33. Ukraine (For Ukraine nationals only).

  34. Slovenia (For Slovenia nationals only).

  35. Turkey (all holders).

  36. Singapore (all holders).

  37. Japan (all holders).

  38. South Korea (all holders).

  39. China (For China nationals only).

  40. Hong Kong (For Hong Kong nationals only).

  41. Australia (all holders).

  42. Canada (all holders).

  43. South Africa (all holders).

So if you decide to work or reside in Dubai, you need to convert your foreign driving license to a UAE driving license in order to drive your car in UAE. The first step to convert your foreign driving license in UAE is to do a vision exam at an approved optician center then you just need to obtain a legal translation of your foreign driving license to Arabic. After translation, you will receive approval sms, then you can pay license issuance fees online. After payment of license issuance fees you can go to traffic department and show them the message so they print the driving license to you. UAE driving license is valid for 2 years and you need to renew it every two years.

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  • Sep 12 2022
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