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Old Mar 13th 2016, 7:58 am
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Can a British tourist with a UK driver's license legally drive my car in Dubai? They cannot be added to the policy without a local license but RSA is assuring me they will be covered should anything happen. Not really filling me with confidence and I'm getting lots of conflicting advice elsewhere.
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Old Mar 13th 2016, 9:02 am
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No.

A tourist can rent a car with a UK license but cannot drive a locally owned private car.

Interestingly enough, someone with a residency visa cannot drive in the UAE without a local license, even if the person holds a UK driver's license. As you can imagine this exposes a grey area for most expats as there's always an overlap between obtaining their visa and local license whilst still driving a rental car with a rental agreement based on their home country license. It's technically illegal

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Can a British tourist with a UK driver's license legally drive my car in Dubai? They cannot be added to the policy without a local license but RSA is assuring me they will be covered should anything happen. Not really filling me with confidence and I'm getting lots of conflicting advice elsewhere.
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Old Mar 13th 2016, 9:33 am
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Thanks for responding. I'm now being told if my visitor applies for an International Driving Permit in the UK then they can drive a privately owned car here with permission. Again, I cannot find a single source to verify this. I cant really see why such an easily attainable permit would make a difference.
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Old Mar 13th 2016, 12:41 pm
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Call your insurance and ask them to e-mail you that it's ok.
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Old Mar 13th 2016, 1:56 pm
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Call your insurance and ask them to e-mail you that it's ok.
get it in writing and then you are covered
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get it in writing and then you are covered
but make sure it's from the insurer, not the broker that sold the policy to you!
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Axa told me, in writing (email), that a Brit with a full British licence may drive my car while visiting on a tourist visa. This was approx 5 years ago, so might have changed. The rule about needing a UAE licence as soon as you have a residency visa has always been the case, which was why I was advised to go down the licencing office the same afternoon that my first UAE visa was issued (and to take a taxi).

That being said, I have also been led to believe that just because the insurer says you are covered does not automatically mean that the police will agree, but I have no idea how you get them to answer this question... It does come up, year after year, and I've never seen that bit answered.
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It is down to your insurance company. Ask them.
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