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Speed limits in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, UAE

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Speed limits and speeding tickets in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, UAE

Speed limits and fines in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and other UAE emirates. List of speeding ticket amounts, new speed limits in Abu Dhabi in 2018. Speed limits are generally 100-120 kmh on major highways, 60-100 kmh on main roads, and 40-80 kmh on secondary roads. Penalties for breaking speed limits are federal and apply to all of the UAE: Abu Dhabi (includes Al Ain city), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain (UAQ). Actual fines are issued by each emirate and payable in each emirate.

In 2018 there was a significant change in how the limits were applied, the emirate of Abu Dhabi removed the 20 km/h buffer on all speed limits, meaning that motorists would be fined for going 1 km/h over any posted limit, while in the remainder of the UAE, fines continued to be applied only for speeds in excess of 20 km/h over the posted limit ... until other emirates possibly decide to follow in Abu Dhabi's footsteps.

List of speed limits in the UAE

Speed limits in the UAE for light vehicles
Road or area Posted limit Notes
School buses if the Stop sign is extended 0 km/h Wait until Stop sign withdrawn
Parking areas and service roads 25 km/h Dubai RTA information
Suburban community internal roads 25 to 40 km/h  
Main roads dividing communities 50, 60, 70, 80 km/h  
Main roads but not motorways ('D' roads) 80, 100, 110 km/h  
Motorway junction entry and exit roads 60 km/h Watch out for radar traps set to lower than motorway speed.
Major highways or motorways ('E' roads) 80, 100, 110, 120, 140, 160 km/h  
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Rd (E11) 160 km/h Previously Mafraq-Ghuweifat Rd, renamed Jan 2018
Al Ain-Abu Dhabi Rd (E22) 160 km/h  
Fog, other bad weather variable, 50, 80kph Enforced more strictly in Abu Dhabi in 2018 and 2019, radars reset.
Variable Message Signs (VMS) as posted Usually on D or E roads, overrule normally posted limits.

Speed limits on roads in Dubai

Dubai roads speed limit information section removed from Dubai road names.

[Update, no speed limit grace or buffer in Abu Dhabi emirate from 2018] Speed cameras and radars

List of speeding fines and tickets in the UAE 2017, 2018, 2019

Speeding tickets and fines for UAE from 01 Jul 2017
Item Description Fine (AED)
or court
1 (1) a. Driving a vehicle in a way that jeopardizes the driver or others' lives or their safety or security
b. Driving a vehicle in a way that may cause damage to the public and private facilities
2008 law said "Driving dangerously (racing)"
2000 () 23 (12) 60 days (30)
28 (132) Fine for driving below the speed limit, if set 400 (200)    
34 (7) Exceeding speed limit by more than 80 km/hr 3000 (1000) 23 60
35 (7) Exceeding speed limit by 60-80 km/h 2000 (1000) 12 (12) 30 (30)
36 (14) Exceeding speed limit by 50-60 km/hour 1500 (900) 6 (6) 15 (0)
37 (15) Exceeding speed limit by 40-50 km/hour 1000 (800)    
38 (22) Exceeding speed limit by 30-40 km/hour 700 (700)    
39 (24) Exceeding speed limit by 20-30 km/hour 600 (600)    
40 (30) Exceeding speed limit by 1-20 km/hour 300 (500)    
  2008 speeding ticket amounts for reference      
1 Driving dangerously (racing) 2000 12 30 days
7 Exceeding maximum speed limit by more than 60km/h 1000 12 30 days
14 Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 60km/h 900 6  
15 Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 50km/h 800    
22 Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 40km/h 700    
24 Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 30km/h 600    
30 Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 20km/h 500    
56 Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 10km/h 400    
132 Driving below minimum speed limit 200    
  1995 speeding ticket amounts for reference      
12 Excess Speed (detected by Radar) 200    
13 Driving below minimum speed limit for roads. 100    

Other speed limit and speeding fine news and information

New speed limits in Abu Dhabi in 2018 but not the rest of the UAE

Minimum speed limits

On motorways (freeways, highways, autobahns, etc) there is often a posted minimum speed limit of 60 km/h (round blue sign with white numbers).

In Jun 2014 and Feb 2016 there were reports that the UAE Federal Traffic Council proposed an increase of the minimum speed limit from 60kph to 100 kph (not for trucks or buses) on some highways. No further news seen since then. Reference: Arabian Business or 7 Days, original source not found.

"Speed limit" vs "Maximum speed limit"

Al Mafraq - Al Ghuwaifat international highway speed limits

40 km/hour grace limit or buffer

On one or two highways in the Abu Dhabi emirate there was a 40 km/h buffer on the posted speed limit before the radar triggered for a speeding ticket, effectively meaning a motorist could drive at 160 kph on roads which had a posted limit of 120 kph. This was reduced to 20 kph [when?]. And then 0 kph in 2018.

Roads included the Abu Dhabi - Al Ain Road, and the Abu Dhabi emirate section of the Dubai-Al Ain Road [not confirmed]?

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