UAE Allow Expats from 43 Countries to Obtain Driving License Without Tests

Under the new "Markhoos" initiative launched by the Ministry of Interior (MoI), expats from these countries will be permitted to drive with their national driving license or exchange it with a UAE license if they hold a residence permit.
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has introduced a new initiative that exempts expatriates from 43 countries from taking a driving test to obtain a license.

Under the new “Markhoos” initiative launched by the Ministry of Interior (MoI), expats from these countries will be permitted to drive with their national driving license or exchange it with a UAE license if they hold a residence permit.

The initiative aims to simplify the driving license process and encourage tourism and trade by making it easier for expats from select countries to obtain a driving license.

Previously, most expats were required to undergo several tests before being granted a driving license.

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List of 43 Countries Exempted

The following countries have been included in the list of those exempted from the driving test:

S. No.Country
1Albania
2Australia
3Austria
4Belgium
5Bulgaria
6Canada
7China
8Cyprus
9Denmark
10Estonia
11Finland
12France
13Germany
14Greece
15Hong Kong
16Hungary
17Iceland
18Ireland
19Italy
20Japan
21Latvia
22Lithuania
23Luxembourg
24Malta
25Montenegro
26Netherlands
27New Zealand
28Norway
29Poland
30Portugal
31Romania
32Serbia
33Singapore
34Slovak
35Slovenia
36South Africa
37Spain
38Sweden
39Switzerland
40Turkey
41Ukraine
42United Kingdom
43United States of America

Impact on Expats and Tourism

The new initiative is expected to benefit expats from these countries who want to drive in the UAE. It will allow them to obtain a driving license quickly and easily without having to go through the cumbersome process of taking a driving test.

Additionally, the initiative is also expected to boost the country’s tourism industry as it makes it easier for tourists to drive in the UAE.

Expats from these 43 countries who hold a driving license from their home country can now rent a car and explore the country on their own, without the need to hire a driver or go through the licensing process in the UAE.

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Conclusion

The “Markhoos” initiative by the Ministry of Interior in the UAE is a welcome move for expats from 43 countries who can now obtain a driving license without taking a driving test. The initiative is expected to simplify the licensing process and encourage tourism and trade in the country.


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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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