For most people living and working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), driving is by far the most convenient way to get around. While the accident statistics for the country are relatively high as per a report by Ministry of Interior, if you have children and you need to drive with them in the car, there's plenty you can do to keep them safe. Below are some useful information if you drive with children in the UAE.
The UAE has a large number of expats and immigrants from all over the world, many of them arriving from countries where road regulations and traffic conditions are very different from those here. A basic level of insurance is, of course, mandatory, but it's wise to choose a trusted, global insurer that offers 24/7 assistance in an emergency, especially if you're driving with children in the car. Make sure your policy includes the use of quality garages and repair shops.
Driving defensively (as opposed to aggressively) and being aware of your surroundings will go a long way towards preventing accidents. The UAE has relatively high speed limits and a higher than average proportion of high-performance vehicles. The road network is in excellent condition, but many accidents are caused by inexperienced drivers with high powered vehicles.
If you're a new driver in the UAE, you may notice some residents drive with children who are not using seatbelts, not using car seats or even sitting on the lap of a front-seat passenger. As accident statistics for the country are high, this has become a leading cause for fatalities for children under 14 years of age.
UAE law currently states that children under 10 years must not sit in the front seat. The most important thing you can do to keep your child safe is to be one step ahead of the law—always ensure older children are buckled up in the back, and always use child seats (or booster seats) for younger children. However safely you drive, you can't always rely on the behaviour of other road users, so get your children into the habit of using these lifesaving devices.