Originally Posted by Biker Chick
Does anyone know if I can ride with a UAE license or if I have to convert my licence or what I need to do?
No-one in the UK seems to know so I thought I'd try the Hubb out as it seems to be spot on for advice!
Thanks - Biker Chick
Peter's right. You can visit the UK and use your valid UAE bike/car licence on the roads. I think the legal limit is a year. Before that time expires you must convert to an UK licence. That would apply to you on your final return to the UK if you wanted to keep riding a bike.
BMW may or may not accept it but I think they should. If they don't, then ask them to clarify if they would accept, for example, an American licence to do their course. If yes, then they shouldn't discriminate. I have always used my UAE licence confidently and never had any trouble. I also have a German licence because I used to work there but I always give my UAE licence when required. E.g. Last summer while riding in the UK, a car hit me and the driver tried to blame me. His insurance company never once queried my UAE licence (and they paid out for my costs).
I think you are less likely to be pursued for minor infractions too if you show the UAE licence.