Strict new rules for UAE national day car decorations
The UAE Ministry of Interior has issued guidelines regarding car decorations for UAE national day celebrations on December 2. Penalties include one-month car impoundment, a Dhs 2,000 fine and 12 black points.
According to The National newspaper, it is forbidden to change a vehicle’s colour, add noise-making accessories, obscure licence plates, and cover the windshield or driver’s window. Cars cannot carry more than the passenger capacity. And said passengers cannot stick any body part out of the vehicle’s windows or sunroof. Drivers are also not permitted to stop on the road, at bus stops and taxi stands, or in the middle of the road to screw around with the public.
Police from all over the country, from Abu Dhabi to Ras Al Khaimah, have pledged to strictly enforce the rules this year. Police have warned motorists not to decorate their cars too soon, as it’s only permitted from November 30 until December 3. We assume stickers and flags are allowed, but not anything that covers the entire car.
Interestingly, up until a few years ago, official contests used to be held for picking the best decorated cars.