Incentives for electric driving in United Arab Emirates (2021)

Electric car in United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates intend to have more than 40.000 electric cars on its roads by 2030. To encourage its citizens to switch to electric driving, the Emirati government has various incentives and tax exemptions in place. Of all the emirate sheikhdoms, Dubai has most of the incentives. The other Emirati states (Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Kalba, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain) are still lacking behind. On this page we give an overview of all electric vehicle incentives in the UAE.

Overview:

1. Dubai
1.1 Free Public Charging
1.2 Free Parking
1.3 Road Tolls
1.4 Registration and Renewal Fees

2. Abu Dhabi
2.1 Road Tolls

3. Ras Al Khaimah
3.1 Registration and Renewal Fees

1. Dubai

1.1 Free Public Charging

DEWA, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, has installed 240 public charging points in Dubai. Non-commercial electric car drivers can use them for free until December 31, 2021.

To activate the chargers you need to use a Green Charger Card. You can get a Green Charger Card by registering with DEWA and setting up an account, either through the DEWA website or the DEWA smartphone application. Upon registration, the card will be delivered to you within three working days.

1.2 Free Parking

Since July 1st 2020, electric cars that are registered in Dubai are exempt of paying parking fees in Dubai. The exemption was introduced by RTA, the Dubai Road and Transport Authority. Until further notice, this incentive will last until June 30, 2022.

1.3 Road Tolls (Free SALIK tags)

In order to fight traffic congestion, the Dubai RTA (Road and Transport Authority) introduced a toll system in 2007. There are currently 8 toll gates on the Dubai highway system. The Dubai toll system is called SALIK, which means “open” or “clear” in Arabic. Passing a toll gate costs on average 4 AED. Paying works with a wireless tag you need to install in your car’s window. You need to recharge your SALIK account in order to have sufficient funds for toll gate passages.

When registering a new car, you need to order a SALIK tag, which costs 100 AED. Electric car owners can receive the SALIK tag free of charge, but they do have to pay tolls just like drivers of non-electric cars.

1.4 Registration and Renewal Fees

New and second hand cars have to be registered in Dubai, before they can hit the roads. This registration costs 420 AED. Every year, the registration needs to be renewed, which comes with a yearly fee of 380 AED. Electric cars owners are exempt of this tax.

2. Abu Dhabi

2.1 Road Tolls

Since the beginning of 2020, Abu Dhabi introduced a toll road system on its highways. There are currently 4 toll gates; at the Sheikh Zayed Bridge, at the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Bridge, at the Al Maqtaa Bridge and at the Mussafah Bridge. A passage costs 4 AED. Car owners need to register their vehicle at the DOT (Department of Transportation).

Fully electric cars are exempt and don’t need to pay road tolls.

3. Ras Al Khaimah

3.1 Registration and Renewal fees

When you register a new or second hands car, Ras Al Khaimah residents need to pay a registration fee. Every year, the registration needs to be renewed, which comes with a new charge. Electric car owners in Ras Al Khaimah are exempt from registration, renewal and ownership transfer chargers until December 31, 2021.