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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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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

unnamedNew fines: Make-up when driving – Dh1,000; Mobile at signal – Dh200
4-12 black points and in some cases, vehicle will be impounded

The Ministry of Interior has issued a circular to traffic departments across the UAE as regards a Dh1,000 fine to be levied on women applying make-up while driving.

The new violation will also include men combing their hair, or adjusting their traditional Arabic head-gear while driving, Colonel Saif Al Mazrouei, Director General, Department of Traffic, Dubai Police said in a press statement.

Motorists found violating the new rule – which Colonel Mazrouei says comes under the dangerous driving category – can also draw 12 black points against their licence and have their vehicle impounded. Read more

In Dubai, you will find most expats drive. Driving in Dubai can at times be challenging as many drivers are known to speed, which can make others on the road nervous. If one is not comfortable driving, taxis are on call and generally inexpensive – a good alternative to driving yourself. Public transportation is also available, but it may not take you as far as you need to go and schedule times can often be inconvenient. Read more

nol-cardNol Card is a smart card that enables you to pay for the use of various RTA transport modes in Dubai with a single card. You can use your Nol Card to travel on Dubai’s Metro, Buses, Water Buses, as well as pay for RTA’s Paid Parking and now some taxi’s.

With Nol Card, all you need to do is ‘touch & go’, which means you simply tap your card on a the card reader at the entry and exit gates of Metro and Waterbus stations; at the entrance of every RTA Bus and on all RTA parking meters. The system will then automatically deduct the correct fare from your card. It’s quick and easy to use and means you no longer need to carry cash to get around the city.

Children below 5 years can travel for free without a card.

You can purchase Nol Cards from Ticket offices located in all Metro stations and some Bus stations. Silver Cards and Red Tickets can be purchased from some Ticket Vending Read more

Having recently moved to Dubai and finally getting all your immigration issues in order, purchasing a car maybe now on the top of your list.   The car market in Dubai is very seasonal with the summer months being an excellent time to grab a bargain as expats depart Dubai.

However, driving around town you will be noticing that many expats in Dubai have stickers of rental car companies on the back of their cars indicating that renting cars is a popular choice for many expats.  So, should you buy or rent a car while in Dubai?  This is a dilemma that most people in the UAE face when they first decide to get a car.

Unfortunately, it does not matter which country you are living in it is hard to determine how secure any job will be nowadays.  Additionally, when moving to any new country time will be required to discover if you and your family will actually enjoy living there and for how Read more

If you’ve ever found yourself lugging a booster seat out of your car and into somebody else’s (or worse – into a plane!) I can almost guarantee that in the process you banged it on various parts of the car and yourself, and perhaps even uttered some language you weren’t entirely proud of. Why are they so enormous? Well, as it turns out, not all of them are…

Enter the Bubblebum. Read more

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