Dashcams in Dubai -are they allowed?

If you are driving in Dubai and intend using a dashcam, you must know all the legalities of using a dash camera in the UAE.

We look at what dashcams are, the controversy about dashcams in in Dubai, what the law says about using dashcams, and where to find the best ones.

What are dashcams?

Car dashboard cameras have become quite popular over the past few years. These cameras record videos of the road, which can prove useful in a lot of situations. Some people use it to monitor and improve their own driving, but its main purpose is to provide evidence in case of an accident.

Are dashcams legal in Dubai?

According to the Dubai Police, using dashcams in Dubai is perfectly legal; There is no law in the UAE that criminalises dashboard cameras.

In fact, the Dubai Police welcome the use of dashcams as part of the We Are Police program, urging Dubai motorists to submit any recorded photos, videos and footage of traffic violations.

However, there are some rules and regulations that the vehicle owners have to follow. The law was passed in 2016 where the Federal Traffic Council of the UAE allowed car owners to install dashcams without violating the privacy of the other motorists on the road.

What is not allowed with dashcams in Dubai?

Drivers are strictly prohibited from uploading and sharing footage of pedestrians and other drivers on Social Media or other platforms, or the uploader may face three to six months in jail and a fine of between AED 5,000 to AED 500,000.

What is legal is that the dashcam must only be used to record the road and must not be used on social media to defame another person, group, or organisation.

Recordings of dashcams in Dubai or the UAE, must exclusively be used in the case of traffic accidents and road violations, of which the photo or video must only be shared between the owner and the local authorities.

You should also be careful that you do not  violate other laws (for example: stopping in the middle of traffic to record the arrest of an individual, or otherwise interfering with a traffic, police, or rescue operation.

It is also our recommendation to always inform any police or government official that they are being recorded if you believe your dashcam is recording them (either video or audio).

Things to consider while using a Car Dashcam in Dubai

There are some limitations of using a dashboard camera that you need to follow if you are living in Dubai.


Since the dashcam recording is a piece of hardcore evidence, you can use the footage to report an incident or prove your innocence. Furthermore, after taking the police’s permission, you can also file your insurance and provide the recording if requested.

You can also keep a check on your speed limit and avoid speeding fines in Dubai. Other than personal gains, you can also use the recording and help the authorities investigating and controlling traffic crime.


If you are planning to install a car camera, you must know what you can’t do with your camera and its recordings. First and foremost, you are not allowed to post any footage on social media. Also, you are not allowed to share the images and recordings with anyone without asking the police’s permission.

Another important rule that you must keep in mind that you can’t just invade anyone’s privacy. It is a serious offence in Dubai and can lead you to some serious troubles. According to Article 378 of the UAE Penal Code, if a person takes photos in restricted areas can result in a 3-month jail or a fine of up to 5,000 AED, while publishing anyone’s picture without their consent can result in 6 months of jail custody and a fine of up to 500,000 AED. So, be responsible while using your car’s dashcam.

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