Move means residents no longer need to re-sit their test
Ministry of Foreign Affairs says drivers from these 13 countries can now swap their licence for a UAE one
More than a dozen countries have been selected to receive a UAE driving licence in exchange for theirs, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
A listed posted by the Ministry on its website included 13 countries that would be able to benefit from the swap.
In Dubai, they will require to present a valid original driving licence, a valid residence visa issued by Dubai, a completed form of replacement of licence and a no objection letter from their sponsor to replace their licence as well as an optometry form accredited by the health authority in the emirate.
Other countries able to swap their driving licence in the UAE include:
1. The United Kingdom
2. The United States
8. The Netherlands
19. South Korea
21. South Africa
24. New Zealand
26. Hong Kong
However, according to the Roads and Transport Authority, citizens that can exchange their driving licences include those from:
14. South Korea
16. The Netherlands
17. New Zealand
24. Saudi Arabia
25. South Africa
30. The United Kingdom
31. The United States
Tourists from the mentioned nationalities, however, cannot benefit from any exchange, renewal or replacement with their driving licence as they would require a residency visa and Emirates Identity card, which only UAE residents are able to provide.
Residents from other nationalities will have to undergo regular driving tests and classes to be able to acquire a local driving licence.