While some people prefer using local transport to get around the cities in the UAE, others like to get behind the wheel and navigate through the traffic themselves. However, whether you visit Dubai, Abu Dhabi or any other emirate it is important to be aware of the traffic signs in the UAE.
Usually placed on, next to or over public roads, UAE traffic signs are highly visible —offering simple directions and ample time for pedestrians and drivers to follow them. In an emirate that experiences high traffic, like Dubai, road signs are particularly important to ensure safety and adherence to guidelines. In this post, we will be covering some common road signs that drivers must be aware of on the road in Dubai and other emirates in the country. Here are some traffic signs in UAE with meanings.
Main Traffic signs in the UAE
Mandatory traffic signs in the UAE are meant to inform drivers on the course of action they are supposed to take on particular roads. Examples include signs that require drivers to adhere to specific speed limits. Expect to see these common road traffic signs in Dubai and other emirates.
Parking Control Signs
As the term implies, the UAE’s parking control signs indicate where people can and cannot park with some imposing time restrictions. The restriction applies even if the drivers are seated in the vehicles. Some examples include paid parking signs, signs which indicate parking areas for specific vehicles and for handicapped individuals. On that note, drivers in the UAE must be aware of these common parking signs:
Placed en-route to reassure drivers that they are on correct roads to reach certain destinations, trailblazing signs can be spotted on highways and other busy roads in the UAE. Examples include a sign with an aeroplane symbol indicating the direction to Dubai International Airport and others indicating freeways and major Emirates routes. That being said, you may come across these trailblazing UAE traffic signs while driving long distances.
Control signs are used to indicate actions like the direction of travel, right of way or prohibition from entering certain areas. Control traffic signs in the UAE are as follows:
Warning signs are meant to alert users to potentially hazardous conditions or to indicate upcoming road junctions that may not be apparent to drivers.
Such signs vary in design, but most of them are shaped like a triangle with a thick red border and a symbol with a white background as seen above. Consider warning sign with the traffic light symbol — often used when it is difficult to see when an upcoming traffic light may be showing red and to alert drivers to slow down.
Here are some other warning signs in the UAE that commuters may come across:
Prohibitory signs indicate actions that drivers must not take while on the road. For example, some signs prohibit drivers from taking a left or right turn, exceeding certain speed limits, honking horns or overtaking other vehicles. Some common prohibitory signs you may encounter on the road in the UAE are as follows:
That’s a wrap of our review of traffic signs in the UAE. Before you go on the road, keep in mind that you are required to apply for a UAE driving license first. Check out our driving license guide for Dubai if you live in the emirate. Once you have, take a look at some of the best Dubai driving schools to work towards your license. We also recommend a review of Dubai traffic fines before taking to the road.
Do you plan on residing and driving in Abu Dhabi instead? If so, our guide for driving license in Abu Dhabi will help you apply for a driving license there.
For more information on traffic regulations in the UAE, visit MyBayut.