Classic cars in Dubai to get licence plates inspired by the 80s

Retro charm is back in all its glory

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In a bid to reflect on the retro styling of the vehicles, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced a new design for licence plates of classic cars. Inspired by the plate design used in Dubai in the 1980s, the updated licence plate is said to get issued from November 2020.

This change will see the classic car licence plates transition from brown to yellow. Further design enhancements such as superior print quality and usage of dual languages have also been made to ensure design alignment with Dubai’s standard vehicles plates.

Commenting on the newly introduced licence plate design, His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA said, “With the new design, the plates can be clearly and easily read from a distance. The design has two distinct elements - the words Dubai and Classic are written in both Arabic and English on a yellow background, while the number is written on a white background.”

“The new design meets all the required technical standards. The plates have a touch of luxury and feature innovative digital printing. Moreover, they are not affected by different climate conditions,” added Al Tayer.

One of the most important criteria to declare a vehicle as a classic is its tenure. Only cars over 30 years of age can get classified as a classic. That, along with further compliance with the technical test requirements.


Talking about the plates’ availability, Al Tayer added, “RTA will start issuing the new plates for classic vehicles to interested owners from November 2020. Requests can be placed either through RTA’s website or the customer happiness centre in Deira”.

This change comes under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

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