Car Hire in Dubai

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Dubai Festival City
Mini
Kia Picanto or comparable
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Hertz
£ 12.35 / per day
Dubai Al Safa
Economy
Nissan Sunny or comparable
Nissan Sunny
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Autostrad Rent A Car
£ 13.23 / per day
Dubai Int. Airport
Compact
Ford Focus or comparable
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
£ 14.53 / per day
Dubai Mirdif
Intermediate Crossover
JAC Refine S3 or comparable
JAC Refine S3
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
DRIVUS
£ 16.86 / per day

Most Popular Car Hire Deals

Dubai Al Quoz
Standard
Hyundai Elantra or comparable
Hyundai Elantra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Shayar Rent A Car
£ 17.14 / per day
Dubai Al Quoz
Full-size SUV
Citroën C5 Aircross or comparable
Citroën C5 Aircross
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Quick Drive
£ 19.28 / per day
Dubai Int. Airport
Oversized Monospace
Mitsubishi Xpander or comparable
Mitsubishi Xpander
  • 7
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
KTC GULF Rent A Car
£ 24.52 / per day
Dubai Internet City
Standard Elite
Volkswagen Jetta or comparable
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Ace Rent a car
£ 26.20 / per day
These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 04:44 on 2024-06-08.

Travel Information

Languages
Arabic, English, Hindi
Currency
AED
Drive on
Right-hand side
Dialing code
+971
Average car hire price
£ 18 per day
Average car hire length
8 days
Speed limit within city centre
25 - 80 km/h or 16 - 50 mph
Speed limit out of city centre
100 - 140 km/h or 62 - 87 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.00%
Score
9.0 / 10
Average gasoline price
£ 0.66 per litre or £ 2.49 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
£ 0.58 per litre or £ 2.20 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
£ 0.74 per litre or £ 2.82 / 1 gallon

Why hire a car in Dubai?

Known for its wealth and grandeur, it took literally just a few decades for Dubai to grow into a world-class metropolis. The futuristic architecture and opulence are what catch the eye the most, but scratch beneath the surface, and you’ll also discover interesting history and character.

Dubai

One-way Car Hire in Dubai

The most popular one-way car hire options for pick up in Dubai and drop off in another city include:

  • From Dubai to Abu Dhabi - 8 offers from £ 38.23 per day
  • From Dubai to Sharjah - 20 offers from £ 231.28 per day

Top ways to enter Dubai

  • Dubai Airport. One of the busiest in not just the Middle East but the whole planet, before the pandemic Dubai Airport handled close to 90 million travellers annually. There are flights to and from all the continents of the planet. Other, smaller airports in the Dubai area include Al Maktoum Airport (about an hour’s drive to the south of the city center), Abu Dhabi Airport (1 hour and 20 minutes to the south), and Sharjah Airport (40 minutes to the north).

Top destinations and activities

  • Souks of Deira. Trading and haggling is a crucial part of the everyday economy in most Arab countries, so perhaps there’s no better place to learn about the Emirates than at a traditional market or souk. Some of the most interesting ones in Dubai are located in the neighborhood of Deira, which includes the textile, spice, and gold souks (although there are also several good ones in the Bar Dubai area as well).
  • Al Fahidi. The last surviving part of the old Dubai, the Al Fahidi neighbourhood is one of the most atmospheric areas of this modern metropolis. Many of the traditional buildings had fallen into disrepair, but have been renovated, mostly with reverence for their old architectural styles. Al Fahidi is also home to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre, a great place for learning about the immaterial aspects of the Emirati culture such as traditions and customs.
  • Jumeirah. A waterside neighbourhood, Jumeirah is known for its beaches, as well as being the location of impressive landmarks like Burj Khalifa, the highest building in the world. From Jumeirah Mosque to the Museum of the Future, tradition and modernity live hand in hand in this part of the city.

Traffic and parking

Travellers visiting Dubai will find a wide availability of parking. Most hotels offer free parking. Free parking is also available at metro stations (for users of the metro), at most malls (as long as you don’t stay over a certain amount of time), and at most attractions (provided you purchase a ticket). 

Different parking zones exist in Dubai with different pricing structures. Parking in commercial zones is slightly cheaper if using a car park instead of on-street parking. The prices are the same in non-commercial areas for on-street parking and car parks. Downtown Dubai is a separate zone with separate pricing. The most convenient ways to pay for parking for a tourist are with coins at a parking machine or a prepaid card available in grocery stores in 30 AED or 100 AED amounts. Passes valid for a certain period of time are available, too, but start at 3 months. On Fridays, parking is free. 

Once again, it should be noted that there is zero tolerance for drunk driving in Dubai. The legal blood alcohol content is 0. Penalties are stiff, including high fines, jail time, and deportation. Do not, under any circumstances, drink and then proceed to drive in Dubai.  

Dubai has a metro system, including one line that extends more than 50 kilometers. Though drivers would normally ignore the metro, it may in fact be useful, even with a rental car, in Dubai. If travelling during peak times and to destinations that are near metro stations, it may be preferable to park at a station (for free) and take the metro avoiding significant time spent in traffic. 

Toll roads

Dubai is the only Emirate to have roads with tolls. Unlike in other countries, these tolls are not for entire roads or sections of roads but gates for specific congested areas. Some of the gates are on one side of a bridge, while others are in the middle of a highway. Of particular note is the Airport Tunnel Gate, which will be passed by those travelling from the airport to the areas on the other side of it. 

The gate system is called Salik. As in many other places in the world, the Salik works without toll booths. A prepaid card is used with tolls automatically deducted from it. Rental car providers are required to provide this card with their cars. Of course, all rental providers charge an administrative fee for this on a per-toll basis (ask your supplier for their specific policy). Tolls (without the administrative fee) are 4 AED each time you pass a toll gate. Most of the gates are, in fact, avoidable if you so choose. Check your planned route in advance to find the best way around them if you prefer.

Ideas for day trips

  • Abu Dhabi. The capital of the UAE, and something of a wealthy, sprawling metropolis itself, Abu Dhabi is nonetheless a much more traditional experience of the Emirates than Dubai. Finding history takes much less scratching beneath the surface here, as exemplified by many impressive mosques, museums, and other landmarks.
  • Hatta. Part of the Dubai Emirate, but situated some 90-minute drive to the east, the village of Hatta is one of the most interesting day trip destinations in the area. The village itself has heritage status, but its mountainous location near the border of Oman also makes it a prime place for adventure tourism like climbing and kayaking.

Most popular cars

The most hired car in Dubai is the Nissan Sunny, followed by the Nissan Micra and the Mitsubishi Attrage. The most popular car types are economy, mini, and standard.

Car Hire Prices in Dubai

  • Convertibles - starting at £ 64 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 15 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 15 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 24 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 46 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 12 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 17 per day

Money-saving tips

These are some good methods to save money on your car:

  • Compare rates of different car providers
  • Book your car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Dubai is the cheapest in November.
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In which month is car hire in Dubai the most affordable?

According to our data, prices for hiring a car in Dubai fluctuate depending on the time of year. This graph displays the average hire prices in each month in order to help you find the best bargain.
Average price for hiring a car per day in Dubai
£ 24.64
January
£ 25.11
February
£ 21.27
March
£ 22.83
April
£ 29.16
May
£ 26.34
June
£ 21.52
July
£ 23.05
August
£ 23.56
September
£ 26.81
October
£ 27.55
November
£ 28.26
December
The best month to hire a car in Dubai is March (when the average price is £ 21.27 per day). This is 15% less than the yearly average and 27% less than hiring in May (when the average price is £ 29.16).

This information can help you determine the low season. But note that these prices are only averages. The cost of your hire is determined by the type of car you select, the length of time you hire it for and how much in advance you book. Simply type in your dates in the form at the top of the page in order to find out the exact prices.

What is the usual period for which people keep their hire cars, on average, in Dubai?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in August, the average renter keeps their car for 9 days, and in March, they keep their car for 7 days.
Average number of hire days in Dubai
8
January
8
February
7
March
8
April
8
May
7
June
8
July
9
August
7
September
8
October
8
November
8
December

What is the most favoured month for hiring a car in Dubai?

Given the number of searches made by our customers, the most popular month for car hire in Dubai is February, and the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Hire in Dubai by Monthly Searches
135%
January
169%
February
117%
March
131%
April
90%
May
45%
June
56%
July
62%
August
57%
September
94%
October
105%
November
140%
December

Car Hire Information

Car hire locations 55
Airport locations 2
Popular suppliers DRIVUS, Alamo, AMEX, Autostrad Rent A Car, Quick Drive
Popular car categories SUVs, Small cars, Large cars, Medium cars
Lowest price £ 12 per day
Cheapest supplier Hertz

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
DRIVUS Mitsubishi ASX 5 2 SUVs
Quick Drive Mitsubishi ASX 5 2 SUVs
Alamo Ford Figo 3 2 Small cars
DRIVUS JAC Refine S3 5 3 SUVs
Enterprise Ford EcoSport 4 2 SUVs
Alamo Ford EcoSport 4 2 SUVs
Autostrad Rent A Car JAC Refine S3 4 1 SUVs
Hertz Toyota Corolla Cross 5 2 SUVs
KTC GULF Rent A Car Chevrolet Captiva 5 2 SUVs
Thrifty Nissan Kicks 5 2 SUVs

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United Kingdom
Ford Explorer
25 May 2024
Very smooth service
United Kingdom
JAC S3+
22 May 2024
We spent ten days in Dubai as a family and had a FANTASTIC trip. We enjoyed a wide variety of activities and spent time together enjoying the beauty of Dubai. It was amazing.
United Kingdom
Hyundai Accent
21 May 2024
UAE is a great place to visit for all the family. Friendly, safe and amazing customer service overall.
United Kingdom
Mitsubishi Pajero 5+2
12 April 2024
Love lake Half road
United Kingdom
JAC S3+
4 April 2024
Dubai Mall and restaurants were a great experience!
United Kingdom
Ford Focus
7 March 2024
You could do everything or you could do very little and your trip would still be amazing.
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla Cross
6 November 2023
I love it my family really enjoyed
United Kingdom
Nissan Kicks
3 June 2023
Good break
United Kingdom
Nissan Kicks
19 April 2023
Car was 👍 great. Service great
United Kingdom
Kia Picanto
13 February 2023
Great experience to drive in the UAE and into Musandam in Oman, highly recommended
United Kingdom
VW Teramont
28 August 2022
5 star
United Kingdom
Mitsubishi Attrage
28 July 2022
Amazing family holiday
United Kingdom
Nissan Sunny
30 March 2022
I only rent a car for 3 days and the other 4 days I get taxis and Metro. Finding car parking is a big problem in Dubai and its very heavy with traffic
United Kingdom
Mitsubishi Attrage
24 March 2022
Very convenient to rent a car and travel around Dubai however, have to be very careful as people drive careless including taxi drivers. Probably feel safer driving a rental car then getting a taxi as taxi drivers I’ve seen and took drive dangerously
United Kingdom
Chevrolet Aveo
23 September 2021
Easy pick up and drop off. Car very clean
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Car Hire Statistics

Highest rated company
KTC GULF Rent A Car
8.8 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Avis
5.9 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
100
Total rental companies
26
Average daily price
£ 18.01
Lowest daily price
£ 12.35
Total cars available
7413

Top 26 Suppliers in Dubai in 2024

KTC GULF Rent A Car
KTC GULF Rent A Car
Very good 8.8 / 166 reviews
1 location
£ 22 - £ 451
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8.6 / 354 reviews
15 locations
£ 17 - £ 276
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.6 / 291 reviews
1 location
£ 14 - £ 142
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.2 / 469 reviews
19 locations
£ 17 - £ 242
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.2 / 134 reviews
5 locations
£ 12 - £ 116
Quick Drive
Quick Drive
Very good 8 / 139 reviews
7 locations
£ 17 - £ 208
National
National
Good 7.9 / 12 reviews
1 location
£ 15 - £ 160
DRIVUS
DRIVUS
Good 7.8 / 558 reviews
14 locations
£ 17 - £ 138
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Good 7.8 / 164 reviews
3 locations
£ 16 - £ 36
Enterprise
Enterprise
Good 7.8 / 117 reviews
5 locations
£ 15 - £ 153
AddCar
AddCar
Good 7.7 / 224 reviews
2 locations
£ 15 - £ 951
Shayar Rent A Car
Shayar Rent A Car
Good 7.7 / 6 reviews
11 locations
£ 17 - £ 122
Goldcar
Goldcar
Good 7.7 / 5 reviews
5 locations
£ 17 - £ 58
Cargets rent a car
Cargets rent a car
Good 7.6 / 8 reviews
23 locations
£ 159 - £ 1624
SIXT
SIXT
Good 7.5 / 12 reviews
1 location
£ 27 - £ 861
ACARENT
ACARENT
Good 7.5
2 locations
£ 23 - £ 48
Golden Key Car Rental
Golden Key Car Rental
Good 7.4 / 112 reviews
37 locations
£ 18 - £ 1166
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.4 / 73 reviews
3 locations
£ 20 - £ 66
Legend Rent A Car
Legend Rent A Car
Good 7.4 / 3 reviews
3 locations
£ 21 - £ 69
Keddy
Keddy
Good 7.3 / 180 reviews
5 locations
£ 17 - £ 78
Autostrad Rent A Car
Autostrad Rent A Car
Good 7 / 397 reviews
3 locations
£ 13 - £ 99
Autounion
Autounion
Satisfactory 6.9 / 42 reviews
3 locations
£ 16 - £ 1814
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Satisfactory 6.8 / 16 reviews
2 locations
£ 16 - £ 107
Blitz Car Rentals
Blitz Car Rentals
Satisfactory 6.6 / 46 reviews
12 locations
£ 18 - £ 53
Budget
Budget
Satisfactory 6.5 / 108 reviews
4 locations
£ 23 - £ 134
Avis
Avis
Poor 5.9 / 41 reviews
5 locations
£ 19 - £ 171
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