UAE Regulations on Electric Vehicles

The former Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) developed draft standards for electric vehicles in the UAE, which was raised to the Gulf Cooperation Council Standard Organization (GSO) for approval and implementation across the GCC. Currently, conformity certificates are provided to automotive manufacturers and traders to allow specific EV models to enter the UAE market by the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology. Automotive manufacturers and traders can apply here for this certificate.

The steps to register for this service including the following:

Register on MoIAT website

Apply for a certificate of conformity

Upload the required documents

Pay the fees

Await document review

If the product fulfils all the requirements, the system will notify the client that their certificate was approved

Obtain a certificate of conformity

To register for this service, the following is required:


Valid industry/trade License (for companies within UAE)


Test report/s from recognized accredited test facility as per the requirement in the applicable standard/s


Distributor ownership (for traders only)


Electrical Vehicle Label


Vehicle storage location layout


Workstation certificate of conformity under the regulation no. (61) year 2019 (UAE Workshop Classification)


Electromagnetic compatibility EMC


Total fees of 8,600 AED

  • 600 AED Application fee
  • 7,500 AED document review fee
  • 500 AED certificate fee

Dubai Regulations on Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The Emirate of Dubai has introduced its Green Building Regulations and Specifications for new buildings, through Dubai Municipality, which specifies that 5% of parking spaces should be dedicated to green or low emission vehicles. Moreover, as part of the Al Sa’fat – Dubai Green Building System, designated preferred parking must be provided for a combination of hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles and carpool vehicles. To achieve the Silver ranking a minimum of 5% of parking spaces should be dedicated to these vehicles, while for the Gold and Platinum rankings a minimum of 7% and 10% of dedicated parking is required respectively. Additionally, the Dubai Building Code provides guidelines and requirements for electric vehicle charging points in Dubai.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, issued Directive number 1 of 2017 on the establishment and installation of electric vehicle charging stations in the Emirate of Dubai, which states the following:

All public and private organisations and developers in the Emirate of Dubai are required to obtain approvals from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) before establishing, installing, operating or maintaining any electric vehicle charging station. In turn, DEWA will coordinate with Dubai Municipality (DM) and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to ensure that electric vehicle charging stations meet the technical requirements and standards adopted by the relevant authorities.

The selling of electricity from electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations is governed by a specific tariff imposed by Dubai Government and implemented by DEWA as the sole provider of electricity for the Emirate of Dubai. Hence, developers or private stakeholders cannot implement a tariff for EV charging.

Abu Dhabi Regulations on Electric Vehicle Charging stations

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi has introduced a government framework with a specified tariff for electric vehicle charging within the Emirate. All electric vehicle charging stations in Abu Dhabi are required to be registered with the Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC) or the Al Ain Distribution Company (AADC). Following registration, a flat monthly fee of AED 92 is applied to all EV charger owners until a meter is installed by the utility. After the installation of the meter, billing is based on actual consumption. The Department of Energy has also introduced a regulatory policy for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which sets out the fundamental principles for ownership, installation and management of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), the electricity supply to EVSE, and pricing mechanism to end customers.

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