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6 speed limit changes in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other emirates


If you’re driving in the UAE, it’s a good idea to pay attention to the speed limit signs as some changes have been introduced recently.

Research shows that adjusting speed limits is an effective way to improve road safety. It can reduce serious crashes if motorists obey the rules and drive responsibly.

Authorities across the country roll out speed limit changes where necessary through regular assessments of road conditions and traffic laws. At least six major revisions have been announced in the past few months, from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman.

Motorists must bear this in mind as speeding is a serious offense punishable by a fine of Dh300 to Dh3000. Fines increase based on how fast a driver exceeds the speed limit. If a minimum speed is set, there is also a fine for driving below the limit.

Here are road guidelines for recent speed limit changes:

1. Sweihan Road, Abu Dhabi
The speed limit on the road from the Al Falah Bridge to Abu Dhabi International Airport will be 120 km/h starting June 4. Previously, this was set at 140 km/h.

2. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Road, Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi authorities have been imposing a minimum speed limit of 120 km/h on the main highway since April, and fines of Dh400 have been imposed on violators from May 1.

The top speed is 140km/h, but drivers must remember that if they are in the first and second lanes from the left, they must drive at 120km/h to avoid the new penalties. Slower vehicles will be allowed to use a third lane, which has no prescribed minimum speed.

3. Dubai-Hatta Road
In January, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) lowered the speed limit on the Dubai-Hatta road from 100 km/h to 80 km/h.

This applies to the 6km stretch across Dubai, Ajman and the Al Hosn roundabout.

4. Masfout and Muzair’a area, Ajman
Shortly after Dubai’s announcement, Ajman Police issued a decision setting the speed limit on Hatta Street in the Masfout and Muzair’a areas of the emirate.

The speed limit was changed from 100km/h to 80km/h, and warning signs have been posted to indicate the revision.

5. Abu Dhabi – Al Ain Road
Abu Dhabi Police have lowered the speed limit on the expressway from 160 km/h to 140 km/h.

This now applies in the direction of Al Ain City from Al Sad Bridge to Al Amera Bridge, according to the joint advice issued by the Police and Abu Dhabi Integrated Transport Centre. It is important to note that in the UAE capital, there are no proper speed buffers.

6. Wadi Madiq – Kalba Road
With no residential areas or city centers surrounding the wide road, traffic authorities decided to increase the speed limit from 80 km/h to 100 km/h.

Also known as the E102, the road connects Wadi Madiq to Kalba, just 12 kilometers from the Fujairah border.

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