Those of you who have lived in Dubai for a while will be familiar with the Salik toll system. Essentially, it’s a road toll that charges you whenever you go past certain points on certain roads.
Up until now, drivers in the UAE have only had to pay road tolls in Dubai. But that’s about to change, because the Abu Dhabi government just announced that it will soon introduce its own road tariff system.
While we don’t know much about the new toll yet, we do know that it’s coming. A law issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, says that the Department of Transport (DoT) is now responsible for working out where to put a new toll system, and how much to charge drivers for using certain roads.
The DoT will come up with a series of suggestions on how to implement the road tolls, and submit them to the General Secretariat of the Executive Council for approval.
Given that the process has just started, no suggestions have been made yet, so it’s unclear how the tolls will be implemented. However, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a system similar to the Salik system that was implemented in Dubai in 2007.
And we wouldn’t be surprised to see prices for the toll match Salik’s prices – i.e. you’ll have to pay AED 4 every time you go through a toll gate.