Learning to Drive

If you can't drive and need to learn while you're in Dubai, you can register for lessons. Emirates Driving Institute (EDI) is one choice of driving school. You do 40 lessons – each for 30 minutes in two blocks of two hours per week. So it should only take 10 weeks to complete your practical training. 

You’ll also need to attend eight one-hour lectures – the first two must be attended before you can begin your practical lessons – to prepare for the theory test. After 20 lessons there’s also a parking test. After 36 lessons, you will have an assessment test which you need to pass before you can register for your final practical test. The final four lessons include highway training on Al Khail Road.

The final driving test should last around 20 minutes. There could be two or three passengers in the car – other students taking their tests too. After you’ve each had a turn behind the wheel, the instructor will take you all back to the centre and reveal who has passed.

Women learning to drive will be given a female instructor unless they specifically request a male, which they can do on the condition that they produce an NOC (No Objection Certificate) and pay a Dhs.10 fee. Regardless of the instructor you have for your 40 lessons, women will have a female instructor for their parking, assessment and final tests.

If you fail the test, you’ll have to take another set of lessons before you can take the test again.


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