With regards to Dubai specifically, this process differs between those who are visiting and those
who are residents and citizens.
If you are visiting Dubai and wish to rent a vehicle, it is advisable to apply for an International
If you are a resident in Dubai, the process of converting a pre-existing driving license issued in
another country varies depending on your nationality. There is no requirement to take a driving
test if you are a license-holder from one of the following 35 countries to attain a UAE driver’s
Australia, Belgium, Spain, France, United States of America, Italy, Germany, Denmark, China,
Switzerland, Latvia, Romania, The Netherlands, Serbia, Slovakia, Ireland, Austria, Greece,
Sweden, Luxembourg, Poland, Singapore, Canada, Turkey, Norway, New Zealand, Japan,
South Africa, Finland, Hungary, Portugal, Lithuania, Hong Kong, Korea, UK.
It is worth noting that Canadian citizens require a letter from the consulate. Also, licenses from
the following countries will need to be translated:
Greece, Canada, Poland, Turkey, Japan and Korea will also be required to get a translated
copy of their driving licence.
If you are not from one of the countries mentioned above then you will be required to complete a
driving test to get a UAE driving license.