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Dubai Driving License – A tough ask even for experienced drivers

When I came to UAE I heard much negative news about difficulties in getting driving license. After spending couple of months I decided to go for it as I was confident since I was driving for more than 20 years. First of all I surveyed regarding available training institutes and found three of the following as reliable and having good market reputation.

1-      Emirates Driving Institute

2-      Belhasa Driving Institute

3-      Galadari Driving Institute

You may see most of the training vehicles of above mentioned companies on the road. Since I was working in Al-Qusais area, I had equal reach to all of the above due their yards/facilities located nearby. Even then, I preferred Belhasa which was having a branch office fairly close to my office. The other reason behind selection was one of my neighbor who claimed that he got license in his first test attempt.

After taking admission, I was very upset for almost a month as my classes were not scheduled because of unavailability of instructor/vehicle on my required timeslot. Although Belhasa staff members Rahul and Ashis were very cooperative, but it took almost 4 weeks to initiate classes.

When I reached Belhasa’s training facility on first day of theory class, I was impressed with the number of vehicles and covered area of the facility. Instructors were smart and delivered lectures with utmost dedication.

After theory class, I was told to appear in a signal test which was taken on PC the next day with MCQ style questions. I passed that quite easily as the concepts and road signs and symbols were amply taught in theory class.

My classes were finally schedule and my Instructor was Mr. Sher Ali Khan who was a fairly nice guy with lot of patience and dedication. I faced difficulty only because I had vast experience of driving Right Hand Drive cars but here I had to switch my mind to Left Hand Drive. Furthermore, Dubai is a very difficult city to drive car due to extreme high speed traffic sometimes running around  80 – 120 Kmh requiring extreme perfection from driver. Roads are well marked and signs are fairly visible everywhere. With not so strict background, you need to tune yourself to full law abiding driver.

I must say that my trainer was excellent as he spent a lot of time on key areas which were necessary for passing tests. After taking approx. 30 classes I passed internal road test and was ready for first RTA Test,

Believe me, I was so confident that I would make it in first go, but all those who were giving test with me ware saying that it is impossible as this is not the habit of RTA to pass in first attempt. When I went for test I was happy that all was going well but suddenly I made a silly mistake due to my background of Right Hand Driving, and the instructor immediately told to stop the car. I failed the first attempt and was scratching my head because of such a stupid mistake.

After taking additional classes as per rule, I was again ready for second attempt. This time I was too cautious and again failed because test taker was not happy about my extreme caution and slow speed. Now I started to think that people were correct about stories of 7 to 8 attempts.

I took a last chance and once again started training as per rule. This time I told my instructor to just concentrate on nearby areas of the yard as the test takers roam around area of 1 to 2 km and I need to be perfect in these areas. I spent plenty of time in nearby areas and was finally ready for my third attempt.

On the test day I was praying that this time test taker should be a good one who can give ample driving time to me. Luckily this time I tried to be composed and did what was told and maintained my speed as per road instructions. I was told at the end of the test that I had cleared the same. I was very happy that in minimal attempts as per Dubai standards, I managed to get driving license which is absolutely necessary for such a large and stretched city.

I would like to thank Belhasa staff especially Ashis and Rahul and above others, my instructor Mr. Sher Ali Khan for helping and guiding me.


January 30, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Dear Aamir, Congratulations on getting driving license which a very essential thing in Dubi, if you could have been more elaborative on test giving – like what instructor asked and how you reacted, whats the length of time they tested, what all they ask a student during test, would really help the others who are going for a driving license, infact i am finished my driving classes 40 and tomorrow is my internal assessment test, if i clear that i would have to face the test of RTA official. If you dont mind can you please mail me with detailed description of test, what they will ask and how they test (All three times u faced the test), my mail id is kpr4123@yahoo.co.in – Thanks and warm regards, Prabhakar Reddy

    Comment by Prabhakar Reddy | June 12, 2011 | Reply

    • Just keep your nerves in control. Most of the time drivers get confused due to rude attitude of RTA officials. Keep following things in mind

      1- Avoid looking to gear /lever – You should be in full control of gear and need not to look at it. Pose that you are a confident driver
      2- See mirrors whenver needed in a way RTA official can see and testify that you are careful.
      3- Your drive should be smooth means start and stop should not be jerky.
      4- First and foremost, fasten your seat belt before you start and adjust center mirror if needed.
      5- Your speed should be with in limits so make sure if you are not on main roads, never cross 40s
      6- Do proper practice on reverse and parking as most candidates fail due to lack of practice.
      7- Since test are for a very short time, try to avoid mistakes as you can easily clear test if you follow simple rules.

      I hope my experience will help you in getting your license in lesser attempts.

      Comment by aamiransari | June 13, 2011 | Reply

      • amiransari… after 26 classes i failed in my first attempt due to a very obvious mistake of not stopping at a stop sign…. i was too nervous that i dont remeber any other occasion, by the way i think i know you from some where? texpo .. Asghar Hanfi….

        Comment by Talharahim | May 7, 2014

  2. Thanx Mr.Amir…….for your Valuable feedback ..


    Comment by Ashish | August 9, 2011 | Reply

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