The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has launched a new initiative that allows expats to obtain a UAE driving licence without having to take any driving lessons. The “Golden Chance” initiative is aimed at expats who hold a valid driving licence from their home countries and are able to pass the RTA driving exams in one take.

How Does the ‘Golden Chance’ Initiative Work?

The “Golden Chance” initiative by the RTA in Dubai is expected to make the process of obtaining a UAE driving licence more convenient and accessible for expats. However, it’s important for drivers to understand the rules and regulations of driving in the UAE and to ensure they have the necessary skills and knowledge to drive safely on the roads.

An RTA call centre confirmed that this initiative called ‘Golden Chance’ came into effect on April 1.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) offers a service that facilitates the exchange of driving licenses within the ‘Markhoos’ initiative. It grants visitors the right to drive with their national driving license or exchange it with a UAE license if they hold a residence permit.

According to a list posted on the MoI’s website, licence-holders from these 43 countries are allowed to swap a driving licence from their home country for a UAE licence:

  1. Estonia
  2. Albania
  3. Portugal
  4. China
  5. Hungary
  6. Greece
  7. Ukraine
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Slovak
  10. Slovenia
  11. Serbia
  12. Cyprus
  13. Latvia
  14. Luxembourg
  15. Lithuania
  16. Malta
  17. Iceland
  18. Montenegro
  19. United State of America
  20. France
  21. Japan
  22. Belgium
  23. Switzerland
  24. Germany
  25. Italy
  26. Sweden
  27. Ireland
  28. Spain
  29. Norway
  30. New Zealand
  31. Romania
  32. Singapore
  33. Hong Kong
  34. Netherlands
  35. Denmark
  36. Austria
  37. Finland
  38. United Kingdom
  39. Turkey
  40. Canada
  41. Poland
  42. South Africa
  43. Australia

Who Qualifies for the ‘Golden Chance’ Initiative?

To qualify for the “Golden Chance” initiative, expats must hold a valid driving licence from their home country and pass the RTA driving exams in one take. They must also be residents from non-exempt countries who have never taken any driving classes in the UAE.

How Can You Apply for the ‘Golden Chance’ Initiative?

To apply for this initiative, interested applicants can visit a driving centre and pay a fee of approximately Dh2,200, which covers the costs of opening a file, tests, and licence issuance. Although applicants are not required to take any prior training, they can opt for additional training at an additional cost.

What Happens If You Fail the Test?

If an applicant fails the Golden Chance direct test, they will have to enrol for regular driving classes.


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