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There are numerous options for public transportation services and most of the drivers speak some English, but their language may be limited. It is therefore very important you know exactly the address of where you are going so you can give them direction if necessary.

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lost-cartoons-car-treasure-hunt-north-cyprusKeep getting lost in Dubai?

Do you keep finding the roads in Dubai are constantly changing.  Maybe you don’t have a Sat Nav or you just want to know how long it will take to get to your next destination, or where the traffic jams and/or accidents are. A really useful way of finding out this information is with an app called Waze.

Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Join other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info, saving everyone time and petrol Read more

drivers-and-vehicle-appDriving without carrying a licence or vehicle registration card won’t be an offence now as the new Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) mobile application makes the cards available on the go.

RTA has added m-store to its Drivers and Vehicles app that will have any Dubai-issued licence and vehicle registration card or distinguished number plate stored.

A motorist has to sign in with his or her RTA registered ID and password on the app to have all the details on the screen.

“Once signed in, the application will display the fines issued on the registered vehicle number or the licence number, and on m-store inside the app both the registration cards and licence cards will be available,” said Ahmad Hashem Behroozian, CEO of RTA’s Licensing Agency. Read more

markani-articleOver the last couple of weeks, residents in Dubai have been handed out their Makani number.

If you are living in a standalone structure, you were most likely given your own Makani number. Residents of multi-storey buildings can probably find the unique code of their building in the lobby.

What is this number, and how can it be used?

The Makani number is a unique 10 digit code locating a building. Be it a villa, high-rise, hospital, tower or office, every structure in Dubai has been numbered, and every number is unique.

With this number, a person can locate himself or others within a squared-meter precision.

Makani is an application developed by the Dubai Municipality, aimed at improving location finding in the emirate. Emergency vehicles, delivery people, or individuals should never get lost in their attempt to finding a certain address. Read more

taxiThe next few days will see many of us attending parties as Dubai’s residents prepare to welcome in the New Year.  Holidays and weekends are always busy and subsequently booking a taxi maybe frustrating.  Even if you’re organised and book a taxi early in the day there is no guarantee it will actually appear!  But there are alternatives to the normal RTA taxis.

There are companies such as Careem and Uber which have satellite mapping systems which enable these companies to see at any time where their available cars are and to match them to a customer request. Read more

dubai-tramThe Dubai Tram is schedule to open to the public on November 12th.  The majority of JBR and Marina residents who have witnessed the tram being constructed have had to live patiently through all the traffic chaos that this has brought with it. For other Dubai residents the Marina and JBR restaurants and hotels have always been popular evening hot-spots however, in recent months residents have tried to avoid the area for fear of being stuck in a traffic jam all night!

It has been constructed to link up to the Dubai Metro, water taxis and the Palm Monorail in the hope that commuters will be encouraged to leave their cars at home.  Expat Echo Dubai have put together some facts to help you use the new Dubai Tram.

 

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You need to renew your car registration once every year. If you have purchased a new vehicle, the dealer will handle all formalities for the first year. From the second year onwards, you will have to renew your car registration.  Car registration takes place at the Dubai Traffic Department/other emirates traffic department or online and the vehicle testing at Tasjeel Centre Al Barsha, Tasjeel Centre Al Twar, Wasel Belhasa Vehicle Testing Centre in Al Jaddaf and Quick Registration in Al Ghusais (all open 24 hours).

It is worth noting if  a vehicle is not older than three years, it does not need to be tested. It is, therefore, not necessary for the customer to visit the service centre as the whole process can be done online.

Half an hour from start to finish! That’s how long it took me to renew my car registration at the traffic department in Al Barsha this morning. Remarkable when I think back to 15 years ago when I dared not go to get my car registered without our office PRO (Public Relations Officer) to guide me through every step, all the queues and manic hand waving. Read more

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