On a good day and with the traffic in your favour, the commute to Abu Dhabi from Dubai takes approximately an hour and 30 minutes, covering around 86 miles (139.2 kilometres). As commutes go, it’s epic, but once you’re reached the out-of-city boundaries, the open road between the two locations is quite a pleasure to drive. Keeping you may be making this commute daily, we’ve compiled a list of 7 tips to make your daily commute a happy and safe trip.

1. Get from A to B quickly

The main road to go to Abu Dhabi is Sheikh Zayed Road, which is an excellent route with a smooth tarmac and relatively few imperfections. However, the neighbourhoods and living areas branching off from the on-ramps on Sheikh Zayed Road are filled with narrow residential streets which can often become incredibly congested, especially during the morning and evening rush hours. If you want to avoid adding extra time to your journey, consider investing in an onboard navigation system that provides live road condition updates. These devices can then advise you on the best routes to avoid traffic jams. It may be a little costlier than a standard satellite navigation system (Satnav), but the saving in time may well be worth the extra expense.

2. Make sure you have emergency equipment

During the winter, the rainy season kicks in and although this season when compared to many other countries it’s quite tame, it can still surprise drivers with heavy downpours and adverse driving conditions. Visibility can reduce dramatically when you’re in the middle of a rainstorm, so if you do experience a break down, make sure you have a full set of emergency equipment with you, including reflective warning triangles, flashlight and a simple car toolbox.

3. Take a warm drink

Starting off on a chilly morning can be a challenge, especially if you haven’t had your morning coffee. Packing a thermos filled with hot coffee will help keep you going, as long as you don’t drink it while you’re driving to reduce possible distractions while driving.

4. Check your tyres

Continuous long journeys can put a great deal of strain on both driver and vehicle, so make sure your car is up to the task of making the drive. Long-distance commutes will quickly wear down tyres past the safe tread depth of 3-4mm. Don’t forget to check the spare too, as a puncture on the desert road can leave you stranded if you don’t have a good spare tyre as well as equipment like a jack and wrenches on board. Checking your tyre pressure and topping up their pressure prior to the journey will also improve their lifespan and the quality of your drive.

5. Take an extra jumper or jacket

Temperatures in the desert can drop dramatically especially during the winter evenings and night time. While you may have in-car heating while you’re driving, if you do suffer an unfortunate breakdown then your heating won’t work. Packing a spare jacket or jumper will prevent you from getting cold in these situations.

6. Car share to make the journey more enjoyable – and cheaper

If you and a work colleague both do the same commute every day, why not cut your costs and keep each other company by car sharing? You’re effectively halving your costs by doing so, and you also have a passenger to share the journey with.

7. Make sure you can see

During the summer, desert sand in the air can have a dramatic effect on your windscreen wipers. If you’ve lived and driven in the UAE for any length of time you’ll know that the golden rule is never to use your windscreen washer system on a dry windscreen, as the sand will mix with the washer fluid and form a paste which will shred the rubber wiper blades while scratching your windscreen very badly. At night, those scratches can cause excessive glare for the driver when the headlights of oncoming vehicles are diffused across your windscreen. This will effectively impede your ability to see where you are going which can be dangerous. One of your regular checks as you can make as we move into the winter months is to wipe your windscreen with a soft cloth and to remove any residual sand or dust that may be sticking to your windscreen prior to the start of your journey.

Dubai Head Office, Al Rashidiya Dubai Airport Terminal 1 Dubai Airport Terminal 3 Dubai Motor City Dubai Marina Dubai Festival City Abu Dhabi Airport Etihad Plaza, Abu Dhabi Al Reem, Abu Dhabi Al Reef, Abu Dhabi Sharjah Airport Al Hamra Mall, RAK

Dubai Head Office, Al Rashidiya

Address

Um Ramool, Rashidiya,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 2060206

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 09:00-22:00

Dubai Airport Terminal 1

Address

Terminal 1 Arrivals Hall, Dubai International Airport,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 2245222

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 24 hours

Dubai Airport Terminal 3

Address

Terminal 3 Arrivals Hall, Dubai International Airport,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 2203013

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 24 hours

Dubai Motor City

Address

Shop 8, Ground Floor, Foxhill 8, Motor City,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 4273200

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 08:00-20:00 Saturday; Closed

Dubai Marina

Address

Hertz - Dubai Marina City Premiere Marina Deluxe Hotel Apartment ,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 4226775

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 08:00-20:00 Saturday Closed

Dubai Festival City

Address

InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 7011239

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 08:00-17:00 Saturday; Closed

Abu Dhabi Airport

Address

4th Level, Sky Plaza Park, Abu Dhabi Airport,
Abu Dhabi ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 2 5998939

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 24 hours

Etihad Plaza, Abu Dhabi

Address

Etihad Plaza, Al Raha, Etihad Village,
Abu Dhabi ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 2 55 69130

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 09:00-18:00 Saturday; Closed

Al Reem, Abu Dhabi

Address

Marina Square, Al Reem Island,
Abu Dhabi ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 2 6320494

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 09:00-18:00 Saturday; Closed

Al Reef, Abu Dhabi

Address

Al Reef Downtown, ,
Abu Dhabi ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 2 645 8488

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 09:00-18:00 Saturday; Closed

Sharjah Airport

Address

Inside Arrivals Terminal, Kiosk 2, Outside baggage claim area, Sharjah Airport,
Sharjah ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 6 5528290

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 08:00-20:00

Al Hamra Mall, RAK

Address

Unit 52, First Floor, Al Hamra Mall, Sheikh Muhammad Bin Salem Rd,
Ras Al Khaimah ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 7 2434386

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 10:00-21:00

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