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Hi Louise, I just moved to Dubai recently and have been driving on a tourist licence in a hire car. My husband is going to apply for a residence visa for me this week. Can I still drive on a tourist licence until my visa has come through, or do I have to stop driving until I have my visa and UAE licence?

Foreigners are allowed to drive with an international driving license while they are in the UAE on a Tourist/Visit visa. Once the residency process has been started, a person should refrain from driving until his/her residence permit and UAE driving license have been issued.

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