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This part of Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters site is allotted to answer some enquiries presented by the public in a number of different fields in addition to providing useful information to the visitors to the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters site.

Driving Licenses           

Q: Can a visitor drive a vehicle with a driving license obtained from his own country?

A: No, he is required to drive with an international driving license.


Q: Can a visitor drive any vehicle pertaining to his parents, friends, or is he required to rent a vehicle?

A: A visitor can drive any vehicle pertaining to his relatives and also a rental vehicle provided that he incurs an international driving license.


Q: Can an expatriate visitor from a Gulf Cooperation Council country drive a vehicle with the driving licenses issued from their country of residence?

A: Yes they can for up to three months (the visiting period).


Q: Can a visitor drive vehicles within the U.A.E with the local license issued from his own country?

A: A visitor other than the Gulf Cooperation Council citizens cannot drive vehicles within the U.A.E unless he possesses a valid international driving license issued by the country from which the driving license he possesses has been issued.


Q: Can a resident apply for a driving license from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi if he bears a residence permit issued by one of the other Emirates?

A: A resident cannot apply for a driving license unless he has a valid residence permit issued by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi except for local sector employees, university presidents and professors and the like of those who reside and work in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi with their residence permit being issued from another Emirate on condition that an applicant for a license present the following official confirmations-:

 - A valid official certificate that proves he works for a local authority with an office or regional administration in Abu Dhabi.

 - A valid lease contract in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi ratified by the concerned authorities.   

Pedestrian and traffic laws

Q: What is the duty of the traffic warden at the accident site?
A: The duties of the traffic warden are summarized in the following:-

- Direct the traffic flow at the accident site.

- Transport and rush the injured people to the nearest clinic or hospital.

- The instant reporting of the accident to the concerned authorities.

- Keeping the money of people and carrying out a detection prosecution and delivering it to the planner when he shows up.

- Keeping drivers and witnesses if there are any.

- Preserving the accident site and the marks left by the machineries.


Q: What dos the straight line drawn on the street men?

A: Absolutely no overtaking allowed


Q: If you chance to encounter a traffic accident and an injured person… what do you do?

A: I aid the injured person and quickly inform the traffic police.


Q: What is the first step upon crossing a road?

A: Choosing the suitable place to cross.


Q: What are the situations in which it is not permitted to use the horn, mention some of them?

A:  - After midnight until the early morning.
     - Places with erected signs prohibiting the use of the horn.

     - At hospitals, schools, institutes, sanctuaries, or residential areas.


Q: What do the white and black colors on the sides of sidewalks denote?
A: That it is allowed to stop to pick up and drop off passengers.


Q: How do you react if you find a passer-by crossing from a pedestrian crossing zone on the main street?

A: I stop and signal to the vehicles behind me using the double signal sign.


Q: When do you keep to the right side of the roads while driving?

A: When view is unclear because of fog, soil or rain.


Q: Pedestrians have the priority to cross from a pedestrian crossing in al cases, except one, what is it?

A: Upon seeing or hearing sirens of emergency vehicles (ambulances – fire engines – police cars).


Q: During fog what conditions are to be present while driving?
A: Reducing speed and switching on fog lights.

Accidents and reports

Q: The report presented to the police is to be presented by:

A: Anybody


Q: How do you participate in the responsibility of your country's security?

A: I avoid hazards and learn how to protect myself and my fellow society individuals from them.


Q: If you chance to encounter a traffic accident and an injured person… what do you do?

A :I aid the injured person and quickly inform the traffic police.


Q: Security is the responsibility of….

A: Police and public together.


Q: To report road accidents, it is possible to dial:

A: 999


Q: If you run into a person who violates your country's laws… what do you do?

A: I rush to inform the concerned security authorities.


Q: To report fire incidents in Abu Dhabi you are to dial:

A: 997.


Q: What is citizen's role in protecting from crime?

A: Adherence to laws and regulations of the country and reporting suspected situations.


Q: To report a crime incident at any police station, you are to contact?

A: The central operations 999 or 02/4462462

Suitability of the vehicle

Q: At the petrol station, what is the manner to be followed upon filling up your car tank with petrol?

A: -Shutting off the car engine.

    -Avoiding lighting up and smoking cigarettes.

    -Choosing the suitable petrol for the car.


Q: What helps reduce severity of injuries at traffic accidents?

A: An air bag.


Q: What causes the increase in temperature of a car engine?

A: Overloading, especially drawing, climbing mountains, driving at a high speed especially during hot days incessantly, problems in cooling such as shortage of cooling liquid, and problems in the cooling fan.


Q: What are the most important procedures for scheduled examination of a vehicle?

A: - Suitability of the headlights and rear lights.

- Suitability of tires and checking air pressure.

- Making sure there is no leakage of car liquids (oil, water).

- Safety of internal and external mirrors.

- Checking the level of the windshield cleaning liquid and the safety of the windshield wipers.

- Checking the exhaust.

- Checking the level and suitability of the oils in the car.

- Checking the water level in the engine cooling system.

- Checking the stabilization of the steering wheel and the transmission.

- Safety of the external body and its cleanliness.

- Checking the suitability of the car brakes before driving.


Q: The term (drug taker) refers to:

A: It refers to drug addicts, takers and casual consumers.


Q: Taking drugs for once is considered to be:

A: A Crime


Q: How can you recognize drug addicts?

A: Do not be bothered if you have doubts that one of your family members does drugs, or is addicted to them, he must be treated wisely and calmly and to be sure of addictedness, you should note the following:


- Irregular behavior on the part of an addict.

- The presence of ulcers on the arms due to the effect of injections through which drugs are being taken.

- The appearance of symptoms on the addict such as redness of eyes, increase in nasal secretions, suffering f5rom diarrhea, feeling pain in the legs, feeling worried, and lack of sleep.

- Isolation from others, carelessness in one’s appearance.

- Suffering laziness and constant yawning.

- Paleness of the face along with an increase in sweat secretions and shivering in the limbs.

- Anorexia, slimness, and constipation.

- Nervousness and irritation for the minimal reasons.

- Disorder in studying or at work.

- Resorting to lying and tricks in order to get money.

- The vanishing or stealing of certain valuable things or medical drugs.


Q: How do you deal with a drug addict?

A: Addiction is a casual sickness phenomenon which is curable, therefore you should deal with an addict wisely and calmly and staying away from harshness or impatience.

- Dealing with the situation in total confidentiality.

- Seeking help from the concerned authorities at Abu Dhabi police.

- Gaining his confidence and convincing him of cure and rehabilitation.

- Keeping away from direct advising, and you should choose the appropriate time to address him and give him the opportunity to express his inside.

- Be very careful not to present him to psychiatrists who lack sufficient experience.


Always remember:


- A penalty cannot be applied on those who present themselves among drug addicts’ or mental effects by him to the concerned authorities requesting cure.

- Cure and personal confidentiality completely sponsors addicts.

- Cooperating of the addict with us is a religious, patriotic and humanitarian duty, and we are with you so do not hesitate to contact us.