# Road Speed Limits in the UAE

Over speeding or going too slow – either case can be dangerous on the road and thus have fixed limits for both. These speed limits are monitored on the roads via traffic radars in the UAE. The UAE speed limits vary based on the road type, emirate and sometimes even the weather and are updated accordingly on the message boards on the roads. Here is a complete guide on the various speed limits in the UAE.

**General UAE Speed Limits**

Given below is a detailed account of all the different UAE speed limits:

### Light Vehicle **Maximum speed limits in the UAE**

ROAD/AREA | SPEED LIMIT |
---|---|

ROAD/AREA Parking areas and service roads | SPEED LIMIT 25 km/h |

ROAD/AREA An urban single carriageway (A city road with a single lane available for each direction) | SPEED LIMIT 40 km/h – 60 km/h |

ROAD/AREA An urban dual carriageway (a city road with separated lanes for each direction) | SPEED LIMIT 60 km/h or 80km/h |

ROAD/AREA Rural roads | SPEED LIMIT 80 km/h – 160 km/h |

ROAD/AREA Residential area | SPEED LIMIT 25 km/h to 40km/h (depending on area) |

ROAD/AREA Freeway | SPEED LIMIT 60 km/h to 120 km/h |

**Heavy Vehicle Speed Limits** in the UAE

Heavy vehicle speed limits vary based on the type of vehicle. The speed limit for trucks, as well as heavy goods vehicles on highways, is 80 km/h. However, buses and minibuses can move at a speed of 100 km/h. On freeways, the speed limit for heavy vehicles ranges from 60 km/h to 80 km/h. These may be subject to change in which case the new speed limits are displayed on sign boards along roads.

**Maximum speed buffer**

There is a buffer of 20km/h in all Emirates except Abu Dhabi. A speed buffer means a driver is not charged a fine unless they go 20 km/h above the set limit. For example, if the max speed as per the law is 120 km/h, motorists are not charged a fine until they cross 140km/h. However, this is not the case in the capital where no such buffer is at work.

**Speed Limit vs Maximum Speed Limit**

To avoid getting charged merely due to a misunderstanding, motorists must distinguish between ‘speed limit’ and ‘maximum speed limit.’

The speed limit is the number posted on a round white sign with a red border stating “speed limit”. While In Abu Dhabi, the speed limit is also the maximum speed limit, this is not the case with other emirates.

For other emirates, the legal maximum permitted speeds are ‘speed limits’ mentioned on the round signs plus 21 km/h. For example, if the speed limit is 80 km/h in any Emirate other than Abu Dhabi, you will not be flashed unless you drive at a speed of more than 101 km/h. The 101 km/h in this case becomes the maximum speed limit. These added values are thus posted on the roads of all emirates except Abu Dhabi on large square or rectangular signs to indicate the maximum speed limit.

Do not add another 20 kph to this maximum speed limit as that will trigger the radar flash.

## Dubai Speed Limits

The maximum Dubai road speed limit is from 110 to 120 km/h with a buffer of 20km/h as in other emirates except Abu Dhabi. The Dubai speed limits differ on the basis of the areas. For instance, the Sheikh Zayed Road speed limit is 100-120 km/h. Here is a list of street speed limits in Dubai:

Road / Street | Speed Limit (km/h) | Number of Lanes |
---|---|---|

Road / Street Al Nahda | Speed Limit (km/h) 80 | Number of Lanes 4/3 |

Road / Street Damascus | Speed Limit (km/h) 80 | Number of Lanes 3 |

Road / Street Al Quds | Speed Limit (km/h) 80 | Number of Lanes 4 |

Road / Street Tunisia | Speed Limit (km/h) 80 | Number of Lanes 3 |

Road / Street Sheikh Khalifa | Speed Limit (km/h) 70 | Number of Lanes 3 |

Road / Street Amman | Speed Limit (km/h) 80/60 | Number of Lanes 3/2 |

Road / Street Al Minaa | Speed Limit (km/h) 80 | Number of Lanes 4/3 |

Road / Street Beirut | Speed Limit (km/h) 80 | Number of Lanes 4/3 |

Road / Street Zaabeel second | Speed Limit (km/h) 80 | Number of Lanes 2/3 |

Road / Street Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan | Speed Limit (km/h) 100/80 | Number of Lanes 2/3 |

Road / Street Airport Tunnel-Beirut | Speed Limit (km/h) 80 | Number of Lanes 4 |

Road / Street Tripoli | Speed Limit (km/h) 100/90 | Number of Lanes 3/2 |

Road / Street Al Jumeira | Speed Limit (km/h) 70 | Number of Lanes 2 |

Road / Street Nad Al Shiba | Speed Limit (km/h) 70 | Number of Lanes 2 |

Road / Street Al Wasl | Speed Limit (km/h) 70 | Number of Lanes 3/2 |

Road / Street Baghdad | Speed Limit (km/h) 80/70 | Number of Lanes 3/2 |

Road / Street Um A Sheef | Speed Limit (km/h) 70 | Number of Lanes 2 |

Road / Street Al Manarah | Speed Limit (km/h) 70 | Number of Lanes 2 |

Road / Street Al Athar | Speed Limit (km/h) 70 | Number of Lanes 2 |

Road / Street Al Thunaya | Speed Limit (km/h) 70 | Number of Lanes 2 |

Road / Street Al Hadeeqa | Speed Limit (km/h) 70 | Number of Lanes 3/2 |

Road / Street Al Seif | Speed Limit (km/h) 70 | Number of Lanes 3/2 |

Road / Street Al Orouba | Speed Limit (km/h) 70 | Number of Lanes 3/2 |

Road / Street Towers | Speed Limit (km/h) 70 | Number of Lanes 3/2 |

Road / Street Muscat | Speed Limit (km/h) 80 | Number of Lanes 3/2 |

Road / Street Al Khail | Speed Limit (km/h) 100 | Number of Lanes 5 |

Road / Street Al Yalayes | Speed Limit (km/h) 120/100 | Number of Lanes 2 |

Road / Street Al Aweer | Speed Limit (km/h) 100 | Number of Lanes 2 |

Road / Street Emirates | Speed Limit (km/h) 110 | Number of Lanes 6 |

Road / Street Mohammad Bin Zayed | Speed Limit (km/h) 110 | Number of Lanes 2 |

Road / Street Expo | Speed Limit (km/h) 100 | Number of Lanes 7/6 |

Road / Street Al Ittihad | Speed Limit (km/h) 100 | Number of Lanes 4/3 |

Road / Street Ras Al Khor | Speed Limit (km/h) 100 | Number of Lanes 5/4 |

Road / Street Sheik Zayed | Speed Limit (km/h) 120/100 | Number of Lanes 4/3 |

Road / Street Al Rabat | Speed Limit (km/h) 100 | Number of Lanes 6 |

Road / Street Al Khawaneej | Speed Limit (km/h) 100 | Number of Lanes 5/4 |

Road / Street Al Amardi | Speed Limit (km/h) 90/80 | Number of Lanes 4/3 |

Road / Street Sheik Rashid | Speed Limit (km/h) 100 | Number of Lanes 3/2 |

Road / Street Hatta Main | Speed Limit (km/h) 100/80 | Number of Lanes 6/5 |

Road / Street Al Khaleej | Speed Limit (km/h) 80 | Number of Lanes 4/3 |

Road / Street Airport | Speed Limit (km/h) 80 | Number of Lanes 4/3 |

Road / Street Nad Al Hamar | Speed Limit (km/h) 80 | Number of Lanes 5/3 |

Road / Street King Salman Bin Abdulaziz (ASoufouh pervious ) | Speed Limit (km/h) 70 | Number of Lanes 3 |

Road / Street Al Soufouh 2 | Speed Limit (km/h) 70 | Number of Lanes 2 |

Road / Street Oud Metha | Speed Limit (km/h) 80/60 | Number of Lanes 4/3 |

Road / Street Um Hurair | Speed Limit (km/h) 80 | Number of Lanes 3 |

Road / Street Um Suqaim | Speed Limit (km/h) 90 | Number of Lanes 4/3 |

Road / Street Al Mankhoul | Speed Limit (km/h) 80 | Number of Lanes 2 |

Road / Street Al Manama | Speed Limit (km/h) 80 | Number of Lanes 3/2 |

Road / Street Al Maidan | Speed Limit (km/h) 100/80 | Number of Lanes 4/3 |

Road / Street Casablanca | Speed Limit (km/h) 70 | Number of Lanes 4/3 |

Road / Street Hessa | Speed Limit (km/h) 100/80 | Number of Lanes 5/4 |

Road / Street Al Mafraq | Speed Limit (km/h) 70 | Number of Lanes 3/2 |

Road / Street Dubai Financial | Speed Limit (km/h) 80 | Number of Lanes 5/4 |

Road / Street Al Qudra | Speed Limit (km/h) 100 | Number of Lanes 2 |

Road / Street Algeria | Speed Limit (km/h) 80 | Number of Lanes 3/2 |

Road / Street Tunisia | Speed Limit (km/h) 80 | Number of Lanes 3/2 |

Road / Street Dubai-Al Ain | Speed Limit (km/h) 120/100 | Number of Lanes 4/3 |

Road / Street Al Asayel | Speed Limit (km/h) 80/70 | Number of Lanes 3 |

Road / Street Qarn Al Sabkhah | Speed Limit (km/h) 80 | Number of Lanes 3 |

Road / Street Jumeira Palm | Speed Limit (km/h) 60 | Number of Lanes 2 |

Road / Street Seeh Shuaib | Speed Limit (km/h) 80 | Number of Lanes 3 |

**Abu Dhabi** Speed Limits

The maximum Abu Dhabi speed limits have a higher value than Dubai. In some cases, the limit is 140 km/h but as fast as 160 km/h is also allowed on the famous Abu Dhabi-Al Ain and the Sheikh Khalifa highway. Also, Abu Dhabi Police has changed the maximum speed limit for Sweihan Road to 120 km/h from 140 km/h.

The Abu Dhabi speed limit has also been set to a minimum of 120 km/hr for Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Road and the major speed will be 140 km/h. Any violation will cost a fine of AED 400. Meanwhile, the speed limit for Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street has been reduced to 80 km/hr in both directions till December 2023 by ITC Abu Dhabi.

Finally, in Abu Dhabi, there is no 20 km/h buffer. Anyone speeding even 1 km over the stated Abu Dhabi speed limit is subjected to a fine.

**Overspeeding** Fines

The **fine for overspeeding in the UAE is AED 300** in general. However, this is for up to 20 km/h speeding above the maximum speed limit. It increases depending on how fast the motorist goes over the speed limit. This means drivers going 30 km/h above the limit are fined AED 600. Meanwhile, speed over 40 km/h and the fine is AED 700 and for going 50 km/h more, you will pay AED 1000.

Violations above 50 km/h may result in quite heavier fines along with black points and vehicle impounding.

Moreover, motorists who** fail to give way to other vehicles **while driving in the fast lane (left) in the UAE are subjected to a **fine of AED 400**.

**Driving too Slow**

Inappropriate speed and speed differences among cars in traffic may result in accidents. Therefore, there is a minimum speed limit as well and driving too slow is an offence too. On motorways such as freeways, highways, autobahns and others, the posted minimum speed limit is 60 km/h.

The **fine for driving too slow** or **below the minimum speed limit** on UAE roads is **AED 400**.

**FAQs**

**Is there a speed limit buffer in Dubai?**

Yes, there is a Dubai speed limit buffer of 20 km/h. However, it is applicable in other emirates of the UAE too except Abu Dhabi. This allows the motorists to go 20 km/h above the speed limit posted on the traffic signs in the UAE without triggering the radars for incurring a fine.

**What is the fastest road in the UAE with the highest maximum speed limits?**

The two major highways in the UAE, the **Abu Dhabi-Al Ain highway** and the **Sheikh Khalifa highway**, have the highest speed limits of 160 km/h.

Speed on road can be exhilarating and, if practised under limits, allow you to enjoy your drive. Here is a listing of some of the fastest car brands in the UAE:

**What are some of the higher speeding fines in the UAE?**

- For exceeding the maximum limit by no more than 60 km/h, the fine is AED 1500 with 6 black points and vehicle confiscation of 15 days for light vehicles.
- For exceeding the maximum limit above 60 km/h, the fine is AED 2000 with 12 black points and vehicle confiscation of 30 days for light vehicles.
- For exceeding the maximum limit above 80 km/h the fine is AED 3000 with 23 black points and vehicle confiscation of 60 days for light vehicles.

This is all about the various UAE speed limits. Always stick to traffic laws to ensure safety on the road. For more information on UAE road and traffic rules, stay tuned to the top auto blog in the UAE.