With periodic assessments of road conditions, authorities across the country implement speed limit adjustments as necessary; here is a guide to recent advisories.
If you are driving in the United Arab Emirates, it is best to pay attention to speed limit signs as there have been many recent changes.
Adjusting speed limits has been an effective way to improve safety on the roads, according to studies. And with motorists following the rules and driving responsibly, it could reduce serious accidents.
With periodic assessments of road conditions and traffic regulations, authorities across the country implement changes to speed limits as necessary. At least six major revisions have been announced in recent months, from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman.
Motorists should keep this in mind as speeding is a serious offense punishable by fines ranging from Dh300 to Dh3,000. The penalty increases according to how fast the driver exceeds the speed limit. There is also a fine for driving below the limit if a minimum speed has been set.
Here is a guide to roads where speed limits have recently been changed:
Sweihan Road, Abu Dhabi
As of June 4, the speed limit on this road from the Al Falah Bridge to Abu Dhabi International Airport will be 120 km/h. Previously, this was set at 140 km/h.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Road, Abu Dhabi.
Since April, Abu Dhabi authorities have implemented a minimum speed of 120 km/h on this major highway, and a Dh400 fine for violators has been in place since May 1.
The maximum speed is 140 km/h, but motorists should remember that if they are on the first and second lanes from the left, they will have to drive at 120 km/h to avoid the new penalty. Slower vehicles may take the third lane, where no minimum speed is specified.
In January, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) reduced the speed limit on the Dubai-Hatta road from 100 to 80 km/h.
This applies to a 6-km stretch through Dubai, Ajman and the Al Hosn traffic circle.
Masfout and Muzair’a areas, Ajman
Immediately after Dubai’s announcement, Ajman police issued a decision specifying the speed limit on the Hatta road located in the Masfout and Muzair’a areas of the emirate.
The limit has been changed from 100 km/h to 80 km/h, and warning signs have been posted to indicate the revision.
Abu Dhabi-Al Ain Road
Abu Dhabi police have lowered the speed limit on this highway from 160 to 140 km/h.
This now applies from Al Sad Bridge to Al Amera Bridge in the direction of Al Ain City, according to the joint warning issued by the police and the Abu Dhabi Integrated.
Transportation Center. It is important to note that there are no speed limits in the UAE capital.
Wadi Madiq-Kalba Road
Because there are no residential areas or urban centers around this wide road, transportation authorities decided to increase the speed limit from 80 km/h to 100 km/h.
The road, also known as E102, connects Wadi Madiq to Kalba, just 12 kilometers from the Fujairah border.