As the UAE National Day celebrations draw near, getting around Abu Dhabi is bound to be more exciting, as organisations, establishments, and even residents prepare for the festive event.
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Indeed, decorating your car is one of the ways in which you can participate in the upcoming festivities. Keep in mind, however, that there are certain guidelines to be followed…
Abu Dhabi Police Issue Guidelines on National Day Festivities
Through its social media handles, the Abu Dhabi Police has issued guidelines on celebrating UAE National Day, Khaleej Times reported. These guidelines apply to everyone, including motorists who plan to decorate their vehicles as part of joining in the festivities.
From 25th November to 6th December 2019, motorists will be allowed to decorate their cars. That being said, everyone is expected to observe traffic rules and maintain safety standards.
All of the roads and streets in Abu Dhabi, Al Dhafra, and Al Ain will be monitored by the authorities for traffic violations. A case of reckless driving, for example, could lead to an AED 2,000 fine, 12 black points, and vehicle impounding for the motorist.
Guidelines for Motorists During UAE National Day
Here are the specific guidelines issued by Abu Dhabi Police:
- Do not use spray from the vehicle.
- Do not put anything on the vehicle that could affect visibility (e.g. flagpoles).
- Do not change the colour of the vehicle, and do not cover the plate number or the windshield.
- Do not carry more passengers than allowed, and do not lean out of windows or the sunroof.
- Do not carry passengers in a non-seating area (e.g. the back of a pick-up vehicle).
- While on the main roads, do not get off the vehicle or leave it switched on.
- Be aware of affecting traffic movement and do not stop on roads or streets.
- Do not cross the road from a non-pedestrian crossing area.
- Do not write offensive words or sentences on the vehicle.
- Do not drive your vehicle loudly.
- Follow police instructions at all times.
- Do not throw trash on the streets and keep the city clean.
- Do not ride horses or camels on the main roads.
The director of traffic and patrols directorate in the central operations sector of Abu Dhabi Police, Brigadier-General Mohammad Dahi Al Humairi, said that the police aim to enhance the festive mood that is reflective of National Day celebrations. Nonetheless, he urged all motorists to follow traffic rules, cooperate with traffic officers, and celebrate responsibly.
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Indeed, as everyone looks forward to the National Day festivities, let us remember to “celebrate responsibly” and cooperate with the authorities. Meanwhile, if you want to learn more about the UAE, you can discover Emirati culture in these Abu Dhabi museums!