Can I use a Qatar driving license in Dubai? Yes, you can. But only temporarily while you have a visit Visa. But if you have settled in Dubai, and your residence permit is issued, it’s illegal to drive using the Qatar driving license. 

After the Residence Permit is issued, you will have to go for a test and transfer your license to a UAE one. Certain nationalities will be able to transfer their license without a test.  

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Traveling in Dubai: Can I use a Qatar driving license in Dubai?

Dubai is a country with hundreds of fascinating spots to visit. On your first visit to Dubai, you will be overwhelmed by how much there is to see and enjoy. If you want to explore Dubai at your own convenience and pace, the safest and cheapest option for you will be to rent an automobile and drive where you want with your family.

There are many places in Dubai where you can rent a car. A quick internet search will lead you to the closest rent-a-car service in Dubai. Any tourist can rent a car and drive in UAE, but you must have a driving license and be aged above 21 years. 

Your license from the country you are from may or may not be valid in Dubai. Certain driving licenses are valid in Dubai, whereas some are not. Either you must have a driving license from a country that is considered valid in Dubai, or you must have an International Driving License. Here is a list of countries whose license is valid in the UAE.

Countries whose driving license is valid in Dubai

  • America
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Malaysia
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Poland
  • Portugal 
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom

What do you do if your country is not on the list?

If your country is not on the list, then don’t worry. You can still drive if you have an IDP-International Driving License.

If you also don’t have an International Driving License, then you can convert the driving license of your country to a UAE one. For that, you will need a few documents.

The documents needed to convert your driving license are a valid visa, the original license of the country you are from, a no-objection letter, and a completed form for the license conversion. 

If your country is among those listed above, then you may need a translated copy of your license, depending on the language it is in. 

Summary: Can I Use a Qatar Driving License in Dubai?

Yes, you can, because Qatar is on the list of countries whose driving license is valid in the UAE. If your driving license is not valid, then you will need an International Driving License or IDP. If you also don’t have an IDP, then you will have to submit some documents to have the driving license of your country converted to that of a UAE license.

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