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I thought I will take some time to write this up for all those people who live in Dubai using a Fujairah FreeZone visa and want to get their UAE Driving license done.

A little info for people who are new to this, People holding a Fujairah Visa can live anywhere, but they have to come to Fujairah for Visa Application, Visa Renewals, and Taking a Driving License.
However, Fuj FZ Business Owners do have a way to get the Driving license done in Dubai. They must have a registered Branch in Dubai and should be able to provide the Trade license along with a RERA stamped Rental agreement of the premises to show that you are operating from Dubai. In such cases, you will be able to do the entire process in Dubai itself.
All others, sadly have to go to Fujairah every other day to attend their Driving classes. For this reason, I procrastinated for months thinking that I would have to go daily to Fuj for God knows how long, to get my license.

To make it worse, I really had a tough time looking for information online as there were none related to the process for getting a Fujairah Driving License. The rules, costs and process is much different for Dubai, so asking them just confused me even more. Their estimate for classes where around AED 4500+ for standard LMV classes, excluding all other exam and testing fees, or additional classes etc. It would easily add up to 7K or more, or that was my assumption and hence led to more procrastination.

This thread and my experience could possibly help those people who belong to those countries who cannot directly convert their native DL to Dubai DL.


1. Documents Required -
a. NOC from Sponsor - This should be a letter from Fujairah Media saying that they have No Objection for you to acquire a license for LMV or whatever vehicle type. It will be in Arabic. Your Fuj agency in Dubai may charge you AED 200-300 for this.
b. 6-9 Passport Photos -
c. Copy of Passport and Visa Page - Carry your original one with you too.
d. UAE ID card and Copy

2. Commuting to Fujairah from Dubai -
There are Buses that start from Union Metro Station and passes through Rashidiyah to Fujairah. The cost is AED 25, and it takes around 1.5 - 1.45 hours to reach there. The buses are really neat (except for a couple that has a stench), and the seats are comfy. The first one from Dubai is at 7:15am, and they have buses every hour (9:15, 10:15, etc) after that, upto late in the evening.
Buses from Fujairah start at 12pm, and are available after every hour.
There are also Fujairah Taxi's that would offer rides directly to Dubai, but it would be on a Sharing basis. Cost is AED 50 and You would find yourself sandwiched with 2-3 other strangers in the back seat, or if you are lucky you can get the front passenger seat. The drivers are rough, harsh and drives at crazy speeds. It depends on your comfort level though. There is no guarantee that you will be going directly back to Dubai. There maybe passengers that have to get down in Al-Ain, Sharjah and Ajman all in the same car.

3. Once you have all your documents, Proceed to Fujairah. You do not have to catch the first bus for this.

4. Proceed to the Driving Institute first. Counter # 3. They will sort out all your documents, staple it, and tell you to go to the License Department (across the road), to get it signed by the Head-Cop. They will ask you a few casual questions, just making conversation.

5. After that, head back to the Driving Institute, submit the signed papers to the Counter, and they will ask you to get the Medical and Eye Exam done.

6. Once thats done, they will take your papers, and tell you to come back after 2 working days.

7. Return after 2 work days. Get the papers from the Medical Person's room and submit them to anyone in the Registration Counter.

8. At this point, if you already know driving, you can opt to do a Pre-Assessment test. Cost = AED 100. You will get an immediate Road test where the internal cop will assess your driving skills, lane discipline, turns and other rules. The drive will be within their own campus. If you are good, he will discount you on some 10-20 classes. I got 10 classes discounted. After you get your report, proceed back to the counter with the form from the Cop.

9. They guy at the counter will sum up your total. Here you have two options.
a. Normal Classes @ AED 65/class. - Limitations are that you can only take 2 classes a week. Each class is 40min long. You cannot bundle classes with this option. You have to wait for assigned time slots for theory classes, usually done in groups.
b. VIP classes @ 100/class - Advantages - Take as many classes in a day at a stretch, as many times in a week. This is good because then you can bundle classes and do 6-7 classes a day. You get a little bit of special treatment, priority for theory classes done in any time slot (even if you are the only one), priority in getting a test date at the earliest available time slot.

I took the VIP option... my total cost was AED 3000 for 30 classes, and AED 540 for Tests or other stuff which I do not remember etc. I took Manual.

Once all this is done, you can begin classes on the same day.

Now for the good stuff - Everything below is my experience through the VIP option, and how I got my license in 1 week =)

The instructors are really awesome. I loved my whole experience there. The middle-aged ones who have been doing this for like 6-8 years are the ones who teach you really well. They tell you everything you need to know and will answer all your dumb questions.

Anyways, back to the classes. They will teach you what to do when you first enter your vehicle, basic checks, even tell you Short codes that could help you remind them easily. The first day, I completed around 5 classes, and 4 lectures.

Second day, he thought me the "Tricks" to getting the Slope/Half Clutch and Parking techniques. Practiced that a couple of times, and then out on the road again for a few hours.

3rd day I was told that I could give my first Pre-Internal Assessment test. This is the test done by the instructors itself to see if you are ready for the Internal Test.
You will be tested on 90* Parking in Forward and Reverse, Side/Parallel Parking, Slope/Half Clutch for Forward and Reverse. Once he gives you his opinions and pointers and you get them perfected, they will send you for the actual test which is usually on the next day 8am.

Getting there at 8am was a problem, because the earliest I could reach there was 10am by bus. So I had to find a place to stay for the previous night. I found Fortune Apartment Hotel in the city that offered Studio for AED 240. It was pretty good for that price.

4th day - Internal Exam day, 8am - You are in between this huge group of people all waiting for their turn. You can feel the tension in the room. Be warned, the Cars provided for the test are beaten up Nissans that probably drove like above 400,000 KMs already. Handling will be sticky and clutch is really less.

If you pass, you can give the Signal Test where you will be randomly pointed to 10-15 traffic signals and you will have to tell what they are. Its simple. I memorized everything on the same day.

Later on in the afternoon, you will be asked to drive in the Campus with a Senior incharge or Instructor, and they will do an assessment of your over all driving, observation skills, lane discipline, use of mirrors, approaching, speed control, knowledge of rules etc. You will be given Poor, Good, V.Good and Excellant.
Poor and Good will require you to have around 15-20 classes additional. V.Good requires you to have 5-7 classes additional.

I was given V.Good, and 7 additional classes. My card already had 5 slots left, so I had to pay for 2 more additional classes. Cost = AED 200

Finally, after clearing up the remaining 7 classes on the 5th day, I was told that I could do the Final test on the following Sunday, which was like 2 days away. I was like - wooot! This too was at 8am, so I had to again make a quick stay for the night.

The day arrives - Again in the midst of a larger group of people. All tensed and waiting their turn. Some of them there for the first time, some for the second, some for the fourth. They call out your names and give you token numbers which sort of means your turn will be in that order. Once you get your token, you will be asked to get into Buses. The bus will follow the test vehicle.

You will be driving with the Cop in the passenger seat. He will assess you based on 19-25 different points. The one I was with, was really nice and helpful. I was with 6 or 7 other people in the same bus, out of which 2 or 3 failed. Mine went well and I was given a Pass. Yaayyy!! Seriously, to see a Circle over "Pass" is like a final pay off for your all the long boring travels and struggle to get it done. Even better if you get it on your first try .

Take the Pass Slip to the Counter. They will say you have one Final lecture to do. Normal applicants may have to wait until 11:30am or even the next day to do the final lecture. Within a few minutes I was taken to mine. The instructor gives a final brief on the rules on driving, fines, black points and other basics, after which he congratulates you and wishes you good luck.

Being under VIP applicant, you can get your final License card in 1-2 days too. Normal Applicants = 3-4 days.

Total cost =
Classes 1st Payment = 3500
Misc Test Fees = 200
Additional Classes = 200
Misc DL Fees = 300

Approx Total = AED 4250

..... and all in one Week

I would say it was worth it.


I hope this helps. Good luck.
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That's pretty descriptive and informative writeup

I am bit not clear on where you did your theory and practical (driving) training.

In RAK, one has to first open the file with the Traffic Dept. They gave an initial assessment date (usually a month or more in future). Now, one has to take 8 theory classes with RAK driving academy, pass the theory test and then proceed to some driving institute for driving classes. I am not sure there is a fast track system available in RAK.

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That's pretty descriptive and informative writeup

I am bit not clear on where you did your theory and practical (driving) training.

In RAK, one has to first open the file with the Traffic Dept. They gave an initial assessment date (usually a month or more in future). Now, one has to take 8 theory classes with RAK driving academy, pass the theory test and then proceed to some driving institute for driving classes. I am not sure there is a fast track system available in RAK.
We have to open a file in Fuj also. As described above, classes will begin only 2 days after the file is opened.
The theory was on the same campus as the driving. I did not have to take any test on Theory though. I am not sure if thats a benefit of being in the VIP program or if its just not included in the Fujairah process.
You should ask if they have a VIP program. They have it everywhere now.

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[QUOTE=creative4art;628497]I thought I will take some time to write this up for all those people who live in Dubai using a Fujairah FreeZone visa and want to get their UAE Driving license done.

Total cost =
Classes 1st Payment = 3500
Misc Test Fees = 200
Additional Classes = 200
Misc DL Fees = 300

Approx Total = AED 4250

..... and all in one Week

I would say it was worth it.


I hope this helps. Good luck.[/QUOTE


Thank you for the information absolutely fantastic and gives a good idea what to expect.

What was the name of your driving school?
I called Fujairah National Driving Institute, I was quoted AED 200 per class for VIP?

Thanking you in advance

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Thank you for the information absolutely fantastic and gives a good idea what to expect.
What was the name of your driving school?
I called Fujairah National Driving Institute, I was quoted AED 200 per class for VIP?
Thanking you in advance

That cannot be right... I used the same school.
It would be better to go there and check it out yourself because their phone-support is really terrible and probably they did not understand you well.

But then again, I did this last year and I am not sure if they changed their rates within that time period. I actually had another friend do the classes a few months back and he did not mention any change in rates.

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Hi,

Thank you very much for all these info, very helpful.

I want to transfer my French driving license but I haven't received my Emirates ID yet. I contacted Fujairah police to understand whether the application doc would be enough, and got a positive answer. However, I heard from a friend they refused to proceed without the Emirates ID.

Anyone here who experienced similar troubles?

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I did mine without the Emirates ID. I just showed them the application confirmation form, and they said it was fine. You need to have that at the least, or else they can reject.

But again, this was a year or two back, not sure if the rules had changed since then. If they said over the phone its fine, then it should be fine.

Just make sure you take your Residential Contract "Stamped from RERA" as well with you if you live in Dubai.

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Just make sure you take your Residential Contract "Stamped from RERA" as well with you if you live in Dubai.
Thanks for your quick reply. Regarding your last point, why is this important? How does it work if I live in a hotel apartment?

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I may have mixed it up with my Res Visa application process. I remember I had to run up and down alot because I did not have all the docs with me.

I do not think Res contract is needed for Driving license.

BTW, did you check if you can get your license converted? They have an option to do an assessment for AED100. If you pass well for that, you may not have to take much classes.

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I actually thought I don't need to take any class since I have a French driving license.

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