HME Driving License

Driving a Heavy Mechanical Equipment is nothing like a car – they are machines that require special operational skills. At GMDC, our HME Driving License course prepares you for the RTA Road Test and enables you to obtain a Dubai Driving License Category 8. Students who complete the course and pass the RTA Road Tests are licensed to drive HMEs. According to RTA, the criteria for a HME with an empty weight exceeding 7.5 tonnes.

Upon completing this course, you will gain considerable knowledge and practical skills on operating a HME. The course features an introduction to the several types of HME and how to operate in different work environments under various weather conditions. There will be elaborate lessons on determining engine and loading capacity, learning how to control the distinctive types of levers, how to reduce maintenance and related expenses by increasing efficiency and improving operating skills.

The course will cover load control and how to efficiently load different materials, how to adjust angles based on load weight, how to use the bucket with levers for different levels. GMDC always stresses on safety so you will also learn how to expertly maneuver the HME to minimize accidents.

All our carefully chosen instructors have been specially tutored to motivate and guide you to learn how to stay alert, and maintain precise control regardless of the environment or operating conditions. You will learn how to build confidence and enhance your operating skills as well as respect the environment and maintain safety standards with awareness and the right attitude.

Our instructors are not only devoted to observing and maintaining safety at all times, they are exceptionally trained with years of experience. All our instructors are professional tutors with the requisite teaching license endorsed by the RTA. To enhance their skills, they frequently undergo training and briefings on the latest safety procedures and driving technology. By regularly liaising with RTA traffic officials, they also keep themselves updated on new road and highway routes and additional safety measures.


  • Advanced road safety with emphasis on traffic regulations understanding and practical advice.
  • Defensive driving techniques to improve awareness to deter & mitigate road safety risks.
  • Training instruction methodology devised according to the changing roads infrastructure environment of Dubai.
  • Multilingual training instructors from various part of the world to cater to a diverse customer base.
  • Theory training simulations & rigorous pre assessment preparation to clear the RTA tests right the first time.
  • A large fleet of Light motor vehicles to ensure students are trained with the most user friendly motor vehicles in town. Specialized training for “Physically impaired” customers by qualified instructors & technically designed vehicles.
  • Refresher training instructors are also available for drivers who would like to improve their technical knowledge and confidence on the roads.

All our training schedules are designed to meet individual student requirements so you don’t need to compromise on important appointments and ensure your ease & convenience.

  • The minimum age limit to apply for a Heavy Mechanical Equipment driving license is 20 years.
  • Individual should be an Emirati or should have a valid residence visa.
  • An eye test from an eye testing centre approved and licensed by RTA and Dubai Health Authority.
  • GMDC provides an in-house eye-test facility approved by RTA and Dubai Health Authority.

It is vital to ensure that you carry the requisite documents when you plan to apply for a driving license:

  • A copy of your valid Passport.
  • A copy of your valid Dubai residence visa
  • Original Emirates ID card and a copy of both front and back of the Emirates ID.
  • 2 passport size photographs
  • Copy of your Eye test report (Eye test can be done at GMDC or at any one of the registered optical centers)
  • No Objection Letter (NOC) from Sponsor. If sponsor is an individual, the passport and visa copy of your sponsor is also required.
  • Individuals holding any other category license would not be able to register, until they have cleared their fines, if any.


Once you have registered with us, you can opt for the training course options best suited to your needs.


Our Regular Course is fairly straightforward with two classes every day. During the weekdays = 1 hour daily (6 classes a week)


We also offer classes only on Sunday as we know that student cannot always make it to our training classes during the week. Our current schedule is 4 classes every Sunday = 2 hours of training.



During the week our training classes are available from 6:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (there will be a break from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.) then from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


During Sundays our training classes are available from 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (there will be a break from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.) then from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Please note the training for this HME Training Course can be taken from our GMDC Head Office in Al Qusais.

As you begin your journey towards obtaining a UAE driver’s license, the prescribed RTA curriculum mandates every trainee to attend 3 compulsory theory classes. Theory classes are of vital importance to impart you with rules and knowledge required to drive on UAE roads.

We have kept our schedule as flexible as possible for your convenience and we are offering our theory classes even on Saturdays at our Al Qusais and Al Quoz locations.

As we appreciate the linguistic diversity of Dubai, we are offering our theory lectures in various languages such as Arabic, English and Hindi/ Urdu to communicate effectively the rules and guidelines as prescribed by RTA.

The theory classes are divided in to 3 sessions as given below:

  • Lecture 1: Safety
  • Lecture 2: Traffic Signs
  • Lecture 3: Final

Please note:

  • Please carry your Registration card and RTA learners permit at all times while you are attending theory sessions.
  • It is mandatory to bring your RTA training book while you are attending theory sessions.
  • Please inform us in advance if you are unable to attend any session.
  • Should you happen to miss any session, please inform the concerned staff, so to help us make the arrangements for another session.

Our fees for the HME Driving Course are listed below.

AED 150/-
AED 220/-
20 1 hour AED 3,000.00 AED 4,400.00 BEGINNER


Please refer to the table below for the applicable charge.

Opening a file (Learner’s Permit + Handbook) 380.00 19.00 470.00 869.00
Valid file transfer from another centre 330.00 16.50   346.50
Eye test 50.00 2.50 90.00 142.50
Lecture class 400.00 20.00   420.00
Theory lecture class 100.00 5.00   210.00
Theory test 70.00 3.50 220.00 293.50
Assessment test 100.00 5.00   157.50
Issuing A New Driving License For One Year     120.00 120.00
Issuing A Driving License For More Than One Year     320.00 320.00
License service charges 100.00 5.00   105.00
Add A New Category To Driving License     220.00 220.00
Driver sticker 5.00 0.25   5.25
Learning Permit renewal 40.00 2.00 220.00 262.00
Road test 70.00 3.50 220.00 293.50
RTA Re-test 70.00 3.50 220.00 293.50
File re-opening fees 120.00 6.00 420.00 546.00

Kindly note:

1. Additional 5% VAT is applicable at the time of payment.

2. RTA fees subject to change

For more information, please call us at : 600595956 or E-mail:



To help us serve you better and to keep your training process as smoth as possible, we request you to kindly read the following:


  • Please carefully read the RTA contract and ensure that you sign all the RTA contract pages as it is a mandate by RTA.
  • While utmost care is taken by our customer service representatives to schedule your classes, we request you to carefully check the schedule before leaving the counter, should you observe any discrepancies; please report the same to the assisting officer immediately.
  • As per the RTA guidelines, it is mandatory for the trainees to carry their learning permit and attendance card at all times while being getting trained. Our instructors are unable to provide the training if a trainee is not carrying any of these mentioned above.
  • Training documentation at GMDC is strictly as per the RTA guidelines and is a very easy process to follow, please ensure that your attendance card is always signed and stamped while you attend any of our lecture classes or training classes. The card is to be signed both by you and signed and stamped by the instructor.
  • Should you have arisen a need to stop the training classes for any unavoidable reasons or commitments, please inform us 72 hours in advance. In the absence of this information, trainee would be marked as absent and he/she will have to pay for these classes again; GMDC at any time would not be held liable for missing classes, should the above procedure is not being followed.
  • Should you have stopped your training for more than 60 days from your last RTA test, it is a RTA mandate to take 8 extra classes before appearing or rebooking the next RTA test.
  • Should you have experience an interruption or stopped your training for more than 2 years, you would have to re-appear for the Theory test and Internal Yard test before continuing with your remaining training classes.
  • Should you be unable to appear for any RTA test for more than 6 months, please re-validate your Learning Permit as per the RTA guidelines, as the Learning permit is automatically closed by RTA after the expiration of 6 months, you would also have to re-appear for the Theory test and Internal Yard test before continuing with your remaining training classes.
  • Should you have an interruption or stopped your training before the year 2012, trainee would have to follow the complete registration process and submit all the required documents again and also you would be considered as a beginner and will have to take 20 hours.


  • Please count your cash before leaving the counter and obtain a receipt for your transaction. Neither Galadari Motor Driving Centre nor its employees will be held liable for any claims or shortages thereafter. Galadari Motor Driving Centre has the right to recover any amount paid in excess to the customer due to errors and oversights.
  • Galadari Motor Driving Centre urges you to not to make any payments to any of its employees, instructors, supervisors or any staff members without the original payment receipt mentioning the full amount as paid by you. In the absence of a receipt, Galadari Motor Driving Centre will not be held liable for the money being paid to any of the above mentioned.


  • Should you have arisen a need to cancel any scheduled RTA test for any unavoidable reasons or commitments, please inform us 72 hours in advance. In the absence of this information, as per the RTA guidelines trainee would be marked as absent and he/she will have to repay and rebook the test; GMDC at any time would not be held liable for the cancelled test, should the above procedure is not being followed.
  • Should you have passed the final exam, please make the following documents available to us to help us issue the driver’s license:
    • Final test passing form.
    • Assessment Test passing form.
    • Student attendance Card.
    • The Original Emirates ID.