"Beware of traffic control cameras" Top 5 Page for this destination United Arab Emirates Warnings Or Dangers Tip by Faiza-Ifrah

  Abu Dhabi-Dubai Highway entering Dubai.
by Faiza-Ifrah
 
 

The highways of the UAE seem to be deceptively open to rash driving. Be warned that all the major highways of the country, especially the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway (named Shaikh Zayed Road in the Emirate of Dubai to honor the President of the Federation and named Al Maktoom Road in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in the honor of the founding ruler of Dubai), are strictly regulated.

There are open and hidden cameras. The speed limit is 120 Kms.

You may find some people driving over 120 Kms, but then remember that they have to pay a fine of Dirhams 200 (i.e. US$ 55 ), if caught. Why these people drive fast? There are many reasons, but the major is that the drivers bank on seeing a camera upfront and reduce speed as they near its shooting zone.

During our last two trips to Dubai, we counted no less than 22 open cameras on Shaikh Zayed Road alone while entering Dubai (see picture).

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi used to be liberal, but now we have observed many new camera installations.

In addition to those cameras that can be seen, the traffic department people hide in the bushes with a moveable traffic control camera that cannot be detected in advance not allowing the speed to be reduced to escape it. Also, as in the USA, police cars are in hiding for any traffic offense.

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  • Updated Aug 9, 2003
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