What you need to know before renting a car in Dubai
Dubai is a city and emirate of the United Arab Emirates well known for its luxury shopping, its crazy architecture and its vibrant nightlife. Its skyscraper-dominated cityscape sets the tone, as do its artificial islands and hotels with superb water parks where toboggans among sharks. Luxury and excess are always at the rendezvous in Dubai.
Where to rent a car in Dubai?
Dubai International Airport is the main airport of the city. It is one of the busiest airports in the world since it is often an airport for a stopover. From this airport, you will find a number of car rental companies offering you the opportunity to pick up a car upon arrival and explore Dubai and its surroundings at your leisure.
For example, we can quote Avis, Hertz, Budget or Alamo Rent a Car. If you do not want to rent a car directly at the airport it will be possible to do it in the city center. It is accessible by taxi, shuttle or metro. For the metro, you can access it either from Terminal 1 or from Terminal 3.
Which car rental agencies are present in Dubai?
From the airport to Palm Jebel Ali, the city of Dubai and its coastline are dotted with car rental agencies including big names like Sixt, Hert or Avis.
What types of cars can I rent in Dubai?
Several types of cars are available for rent:
• Convertible: depending on the season, you could opt for a convertible but do not think for the summer: with temperatures up to 45 °, it is unlikely that you support driving without the air conditioning!
• SUV or Break: The breaks are perfect for families or groups of friends, you can easily organize day trips.
• 4×4: the 4×4 is almost essential if you want to explore the desert of Dubai and you would be wrong not to do it
• Economical: you just want to stay autonomous and move easily? Opt for an economical!
How old is it to rent a car in Dubai?
The vast majority of car rental agencies will refuse to rent you a car if you are under 21 years old. In addition, you will almost always need to hold a driver’s license for at least 1 year. Please note that surcharges or restrictions may apply for juniors and seniors alike.
Can I rent my car in Dubai with a debit card?
There is little chance that you can use a debit card to rent a car. You will need to be in possession of a credit card, the same that will have been used for your online reservation.
What do I need to know about driving in Dubai?
As a member of the United Arab Emirates, the city of Dubai must respect the rules of the road. It is necessary to drive on the right side of the road, respect the speed limits (50km / h in the city, the other roads have their own limitations) and it is forbidden to drive after drinking alcohol (zero tolerance under penalty of offense). The wearing of the belt is also mandatory. In Dubai, parking is divided into three categories in the city: commercial areas, non-commercial areas, and special areas.
The price of parking will depend on the category in which you park. In addition, each category contains its own zones with different rates. It may seem odd at first but once you get used to it you will not have any problem understanding local parking rates. For information, the rates in commercial areas are the most expensive: about AED 4 per hour for street parking and AED 3 per hour in car parks.
Road trip from Dubai
Discover Dubai’s surroundings with your rental car: Visit beautiful beaches, museums and explore the culture of the United Arab Emirates.
The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is only 140 kilometers from Dubai. It takes about 1h30 to get there. You can stay there for a few days to fully enjoy all the activities on offer. For example, there is the Sheikh Zayed Mosque or Qasr al-Hosn Palace. If you’re looking for thrills and cars, the Ferrari World theme park is just for you, as is the Formula 1 Grand Prix on the Yas Marina circuit.
A 30-minute drive from Dubai, the city of Sharjah is a cultural metropolis filled with museums and historical sites. The Museum of Islamic Civilization is located in an impressive building facing the Arabian Gulf, offering a glimpse of Islamic culture. The Heritage Museum focuses on Emirati culture. And if you want to relax after so much visit, go to Al Mamzar Beach Park.
After 40 kilometers of road, here you are in the emirate of Ajman. The city is more peaceful than Dubai, you can relax in one of its many beaches. Most of them are private beaches located in hotels but there are also some public beaches that are worth a look. Side visit, take a tour to the Ajman Museum which traces the history of the emirate.