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What is Salik in Dubai, and How Does It Work?

Salik is Dubai's electronic toll collection system that was launched by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on July 01, 2007. The toll charges are collected automatically as a vehicle passes through the toll gate. The term Salik means 'open' or 'clear' in Arabic. As the vehicles are not required to stop to pay, the Salik system reduces congestion and ensures an orderly flow of traffic within and outside the city.
The RTA Dubai Salik system is based on RFID technology. The Salik tag is a sticker fitted with an electronic SIM. Vehicle owners should register their vehicles under Salik and fix a Salik tag on them. The vehicle is detected at the toll gate through the scanners, and the toll is directly deducted from the account.

Where are the Salik Dubai Toll Gates Located?

The automated toll gates are located at multiple places. Here is a list of the Dubai Salik locations:

Al Barsha Salik Gate (Sheikh Zayed Road)

Al Maktoum Salik Gate (Al Maktoum Bridge)

Al Garhoud Salik Gate (Al Garhoud Bridge)

Al Mamzar North Salik Gate (Al Ittihad Street)

Al Safa Salik Gate (Sheikh Zayed Road)

Airport Tunnel Salik Gate (Beirut Street)

Jebel Ali Salik Gate (located at Sheikh Zayed Road)

DXB International Airport Tunnel

How to Get a Dubai Salik Tag Online?

You can purchase new Salik tags online through the official website of Salik or the Smart Salik app. Please create an account on the website/app by providing details such as the Salik tag number, traffic file number, mobile phone number, and other required information. A message is sent to confirm the registration and activation of the Salik tag. The Salik kit containing the tag will be delivered once you submit your application and pay the requisite fees.

How Much Does a Salik Tag Cost in Dubai?

The details of the Salik tag cost in Dubai are as follows:

1) Online Purchase: The total cost is AED 120 with the following breakup:

Tag/sticker cost: AED 50

Prepaid balance: AED 50

Delivery charges: AED 20

2) Offline Purchase: The total cost is AED 100 with the following breakup:

Tag/sticker cost: AED 50

Prepaid balance: AED 50

What Are the Documents Required to Get a Salik?

The set of documents required to open a new Salik account is as follows:

Emirates ID or a copy of your passport (for identification purposes)

A copy of the car’s registration card

A copy of the trade license (for vehicles registered under any business)

How to Recharge and Check the Balance Under a Salik Account?

Your account should have sufficient balance to pay the Dubai Salik charges as you pass through the toll gates. The procedure to recharge the balance in a Salik account is as follows:

Visit the official website of Salik

Select ‘Recharge Account’ to proceed further. Then, enter your Salik tag number.

Select a suitable amount to recharge from the available denominations.

Make the payment online using your debit card, credit card, or e-wallet facility.

Check all the details that you have provided. Then click on ‘Confirm.’

A confirmation message shall appear on the website after the transaction is successful. You also get a confirmation mail on your registered email address.

The balance in your Salik account can be checked through the RTA Salik website, the Smart Salik app, or the Dubai Drive app. Once you sign in to your account, you can easily check the balance using your vehicle plate number. You can also contact the customer service number at (800-72545) to resolve your queries.

Ways to Avoid Salik Tax

As the Salik gates in Dubai are typically located on the main highways, you can avoid paying the toll charges by using alternate routes. You can use Google Maps to find a convenient toll-free rout
A list of alternate routes to avoid paying the Salik tax is as follows:

Al Garhoud, Al Maktoum

Floating Bridge route

Al Mamzar South & North gates

Al Wahda Street, E311 Sheikh Zayed Road, and Al Damascus Street

Airport Tunnel:

D 83/Rebat Street

Al Garhoud

Business Bay Crossing route

Jebel Ali, Al Safa, Al Barsha

E311/ Sheikh Zayed Road

Contact Details of Salik Dubai

The RTA Dubai Salik customer service operates 24/7. The contact details are as follows:

Salik Dubai

Local: 800-72545 (toll-free)

Outside the UAE: +971 (0)4 233 5000 (OR) +971 (0)4 233 5005

(for corporates)

Frequently Asked Questions on the RTA Dubai Salik

No. A person is allowed to have only one Salik account for multiple vehicles registered in his/her name. All the vehicles registered in your name can be added to the same Salik account.

The Salik system was introduced to promote smooth, seamless, and normal traffic flow. So, you can drive through a toll gate at your regular speed by following the prescribed speed limit.

No. All the Salik gates are functional 24/7. Commuters who pass through the Salik toll gates have to pay on Fridays and other official holidays.

Though you can pass through a toll gate without a Salik tag, you have to purchase the tag within ten days of your trip. Failure to comply will lead to fines starting at AED 100.

The RTA offers a grace period of 5 working days to recharge your account and pay the dues. If you don’t recharge within this period, a penalty of AED 50 per day shall be levied after the fifth day.