Vehicles in Dubai have the steering wheel on the left and they drive on the right hand side of the road. If you’re from a country like the UK or India where the steering wheel is on the right, don’t worry about having to learn to change gears with the other hand – the vast majority of cars in the UAE have automatic transmissions.

Despite the good roads, driving in Dubai can be a bit of a culture shock. Road manners are in short supply and drivers generally have a one-track mind about where they want to get to, giving little thought to cars behind them. It can be a frightening experience for first-time drivers in the city. The slightest sign of a queue on the motorway and you'll see white Toyota Landcruisers and Nissan Patrols take to the hard shoulder with reckless abandon for anybody elses' safety. It's not too uncommon to see similar cars driving the wrong way down a road, presumably as it is the quickest route.
Accidents are commonly caused by: jumping red lights, driving at high speeds without taking the road into account; lack of attention by motorists; failure to leave sufficient distance between vehicles and non-compliance with road lanes. All of these things you will see happening as a regular occurrence. Many accidents involve trucks so treat them with caution too. Assume no one has checked their blind spot.

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