Car Rental in the United Arab Emirates

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Sharjah Sahara Center Car Rental
Compact
Chevrolet Aveo or similar
Chevrolet Aveo
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$16.69 per day
Sharjah Sahara Center Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Budget
$16.83 per day
Ras Al Khaimah Airport Car Rental
Mini
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$19.25 per day
Ras Al Khaimah Airport Car Rental
Compact
Chevrolet Sonic or similar
Chevrolet Sonic
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$19.98 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

The Royal Hotel Car Rental
Economy
Mitsubishi Attrage or similar
Mitsubishi Attrage
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Autostrad Rent A Car
$21.54 / per day
Ras Al Khaimah Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Chevrolet Cruze or similar
Chevrolet Cruze
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$22.13 / per day
Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Nissan Micra or similar
Nissan Micra
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$22.37 / per day
Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan Hotel Car Rental
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$23.57 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 11:21 on 2022-05-16. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Arabic
Currency
AED
Country code
971
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
100 - 120 km/h
62 - 75 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 - 60 km/h
31 - 37 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.00%
Rating
9.2

Why rent a car in the United Arab Emirates?

From grand metropolises like Dubai and Abu Dhabi to traces of Bedouin culture, endless desert to golden beaches and green oases, the United Arab Emirates is a surprisingly diverse country. While most visitors stick to one of the two large cities, getting a rental car will let you explore everything the UAE has to offer.

United Arab Emirates Car Rental

Top ways to enter United Arab Emirates

  • Dubai Airport: One of the busiest in the world, Dubai Airport serves nearly 90 million passengers every year.
  • Abu Dhabi Airport: A hub to Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi Airport is also served by two dozen other airlines. 
  • Sharjah Airport: UAE’s third airport has flights to and from destinations in the Middle East, Europe, South Asia, and Africa.

Top cities and places to visit

  • Dubai. The trading and finance center of the country, Dubai is one of the most opulent destinations in the Gulf states, if not the world. While there are plenty of futuristic attractions like man-made islands and the Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world, traces of the old Arab culture can also be found in this metropolitan city if you scratch beneath the surface. 
  • Abu Dhabi. Not far behind Dubai in terms of skyscrapers and status symbols, the capital of the UAE is also a sophisticated destination. Some of the highest quality museums, galleries, and cultural centers of the Arab world can be found in it, as well as the impressive Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the scenic waterfront of Corniche. 
  • Sharjah. The third-largest city in the UAE, Sharjah has a beautiful skyline and plenty of modernity but is also known as the place of the best-preserved classical architecture in the country. Most of the landmarks, including the Al Hisn Fort and many museums, are located in the so-called Heritage Area. Other interesting parts to explore include the Blue Souq (or fish market). 

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in UAE is the Chevrolet Spark. Travelers also pick the Hyundai Accent and the Mitsubishi Pajero a lot. 

Driver license requirements

  • The United Arab Emirates recognizes valid foreign driver’s licenses from around the world if you are visiting as a tourist. If you’re living in the UAE permanently, you need to obtain a local license.
  • If your driver’s license is printed in neither Arabic nor the Latin alphabet (Cyrillic, Chinese, etc.), you’ll need an International Driving Permit (IDP).
  • Important: There are reports that despite Arabic being the official language of the UAE, some rental car companies do not permit picking up a rental with a license printed in the Arabic alphabet (e.g., licenses from Egypt or Tunisia). If your driver’s license is printed in Arabic, get in touch with your rental car company in advance to find out their policy.
  • Similarly, if your driver’s license doesn’t show your photograph, you might be required to have an IDP.
  • Even if you have an IDP, you need to also carry your original driver’s license as you might be asked to show both.
  • You must carry your driver’s license, not a copy, with you at all times. 
  • You need to have had your driver’s license for at least two years.
  • Some rental car providers charge a young driver fee for drivers between the ages of 22 and 25 and a senior driver fee for drivers over the age of 65.
  • There may be additional requirements depending on the car provider and car category, so make sure to check the rental conditions before booking.

Crossing Borders

The UAE has land borders with two countries, Oman and Saudi Arabia. With a rental car, the former is significantly easier to visit than the latter.

Oman has a shared visa policy with the Emirate of Dubai, so a visa for either of these territories also permits you to visit the other. However, this does not apply to the six other emirates, so if you’ve arrived in the UAE via any of them (e.g., Abu Dhabi or Sharjah), you’ll need to obtain a separate Omani visa. This system has led to some confusion, although it should be noted that the visa policies of Oman and the United Arab Emirates are generally similar and travelers from many countries (most of the European Union, the United States, Australia, etc.) can either visit both countries visa-free or can obtain a visa on arrival. That being said, there are some differences — for example, citizens of countries like Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, and Croatia are exempt from needing a visa for Oman but need a visa to visit the United Arab Emirates. If you need a visa to enter either of the two countries, consult your Ministry of Foreign Affairs before your trip.

Even if you have a visa for entering Oman, be sure to ask your rental car supplier in advance if they permit crossing the border.

Visiting Saudi Arabia with a rental car is more difficult. Although the country made itself significantly easier to access in 2019 by introducing an e-visa for citizens of a few dozen (mainly Western) countries, there are only a couple of rental car companies that permit cross-border trips ( entry is easier for the citizens of the UAE and some other Gulf states like Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait who do not need a visa). You can find the companies that permit cross-border travel by entering your car pickup and dropoff dates on our website’s search. Do keep in mind that even if your entry documentation is in order, you still have to ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit you to cross the border.

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular rental car types in the United Arab Emirates are fullsize, mini, and an economy. Getting a fullsize or a similarly powerful car is a must if you plan to travel away from the main highways and into the desert.

Top driving routes

  • Al-Ain. Located in the east of the country practically on the border with Oman, Al Ain is a beautiful oasis town. Much more relaxed than the coastal area of the country, it is notable for attractions like Jebel Hafeet mountain, the Hili Archaeological Park, and the Camel Market, a fascinating place to visit even if you’re not planning to buy one. The drive from Dubai takes about an hour and 35 minutes.
  • Ras al Khaimah. Also simply called RAK, the northernmost emirate in the country is an adventure lover’s mecca. Characterized by its rugged mountains, wild beaches, and nature reserves, the area is the best place in the country for outdoor activities. Don’t miss out on the emirate’s historical sites either, chiefly the ancient settlement of Shimal.
  • Fujairah. A popular weekend getaway for locals and foreign visitors alike, cozy Fujairah has everything for a hassle-free holiday. Situated on the Gulf of Oman, this emirate is best known for its scenic coastline, but also boasts historic forts, a heritage village, and easy access to neighboring Oman (if your rental car provider permits it and if you have a visa). The drive from Dubai to Fujairah takes only about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Car Rental Prices

  • Convertibles - from $927 per day
  • Large cars - from $47 per day
  • Medium cars - from $33 per day
  • Vans - from $162 per day
  • Premium cars - from $440 per day
  • Small cars - from $31 per day
  • SUVs - from $168 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in the United Arab Emirates:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting UAE is the cheapest in September when renting a car is about 33% cheaper than the yearly average and about 50% cheaper than renting in February.

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Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in the United Arab Emirates?

The cost of renting a car in the United Arab Emirates depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in the United Arab Emirates
$83.75
January
$49.25
February
$68.23
March
$123.65
April
$65.44
May
$35.55
June
$34.38
July
$59.67
August
$125.60
September
$34.62
October
$45.65
November
$41.23
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in the United Arab Emirates is July — prices start from $34.38 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 46% cheaper than the yearly average and 73% cheaper than renting a car in the month of September (when prices start at $125.60 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in the United Arab Emirates?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in June — an average of 17 days. The shortest are in March — an average of 5 days.
Average Rental Length in the United Arab Emirates
6
January
6
February
5
March
7
April
12
May
17
June
7
July
8
August
11
September
7
October
9
November
8
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in the United Arab Emirates?

Discover Cars users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in the United Arab Emirates. The most popular month is January, while the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Rental in the United Arab Emirates by Monthly Searches
274%
January
236%
February
210%
March
77%
April
46%
May
1%
June
2%
July
2%
August
40%
September
45%
October
139%
November
127%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
AddCar Kia Rio 4 1 Small cars
Alamo Ford Figo 3 2 Small cars
Alamo Ford Focus 5 3 Medium cars
Alamo Ford Figo 4 1 Small cars
DRIVUS Hyundai Tucson 5 3 SUVs
GreenMotion Nissan Micra 5 1 Small cars
AddCar Hyundai Accent 4 2 Medium cars

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. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United States of America (USA)
Toyota Yaris
March 23, 2022
I rented with Dollar at Sharjah Airport in UAE. The agent brought the car to the arrivals terminal, helped me with the bags and explained the process when returning the vehicle. The car was in excellent condition and all was A+++
Canada
Kia Rio
July 22, 2021
Great experience with Redcar I really recommend it’s perfect in everything.
Israel
Kia Picanto
May 25, 2021
We was visiting all over Dubai , really recommended to jurmaia place with the beaches and the restaurants are the best overall you will spend many time on the Dubai malls they are epic with many attractions on them

Top 19 Suppliers in the United Arab Emirates in 2022

Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.6 / 253 reviews
+971044380620
P-17 Shams 2, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.6 / 4 reviews
+9718007498
6th Street, Building 169
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5 / 93 reviews
+97143995052
Grosvenor House Hotel, West Marina Beach, Dubai Marina - Dubai
National
National
Excellent 8.4 / 3 reviews
+971337222234
Main Sanaiya St, Sanaiya Industrial Area, Al Ain - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Cargets rent a car
Cargets rent a car
Excellent 8.4 / 1 reviews
+971509787953
Delivery And Collection Services
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.4
25998939
Abu Dhabi Airport
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.4 / 13 reviews
97148879797
Maktoum International Airport
Working hours
Mon:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-01:00; 08:00-23:59
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.3 / 40 reviews
+97125998959
ABU DHABI AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:00:01-23:59
Tue:00:01-23:59
Wed:00:01-23:59
Thu:00:01-23:59
Fri:00:01-23:59
Sat:00:01-23:59
Sun:00:01-23:59
AddCar
AddCar
Excellent 8.2 / 136 reviews
+971506263439
Airport Road D89 Al Garhoud Airport Terminal 1 - Dubai
Working hours
Mon:00:00-18:00; 20:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-18:00; 20:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-18:00; 20:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-18:00; 20:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-18:00; 20:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-18:00; 20:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-18:00; 20:00-23:59
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.1 / 239 reviews
+97143365065
Maktoum International Airport, Emirates Rd, Dubai
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.1 / 71 reviews
+97125998959
ABU DHABI AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:00:01-23:59
Tue:00:01-23:59
Wed:00:01-23:59
Thu:00:01-23:59
Fri:00:01-23:59
Sat:00:01-23:59
Sun:00:01-23:59
Payless
Payless
Excellent 8 / 119 reviews
+97144523300 / +971523169702
The Cascades Building / Near To Jlt Metro Station Dubai Marina
Working hours
Mon:09:00-18:00
Tue:09:00-18:00
Wed:09:00-18:00
Thu:09:00-18:00
Fri:09:00-18:00
Sat:09:00-18:00
Sun:09:00-18:00
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Excellent 8 / 41 reviews
+971564151666
Mövenpick Grand Al Bustan,Casablanca St-Garhoud, Dubai
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
RightCars
RightCars
Very good 7.9 / 1 reviews
971509079988
Al Muroor Road, Opposite Alam Super Market, Shop No. 5
Working hours
Mon:09:00-21:00
Tue:09:00-21:00
Wed:09:00-21:00
Thu:09:00-21:00
Fri:09:00-21:00
Sat:09:00-21:00
Sun:09:00-21:00
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.9
Budget
Budget
Very good 7.8 / 97 reviews
+97125998969 / +971543059336
Sky Park Plaza Terminal 3, Abu Dhabi
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
DRIVUS
DRIVUS
Very good 7.7 / 15 reviews
+971525800788
89, Al Estiqlal Street, Sharjah
Working hours
Mon:09:00-23:00
Tue:09:00-23:00
Wed:09:00-23:00
Thu:09:00-23:00
Fri:09:00-23:00
Sat:09:00-23:00
Sun:09:00-23:00
Avis
Avis
Good 6.9 / 30 reviews
+97145186833
Swaidan Trading-Peugeot, Mohammed Bin Matar Rd - Fujairah
Working hours
Mon:08:30-17:30
Tue:08:30-17:30
Wed:08:30-17:30
Thu:08:30-17:30
Sat:08:30-17:30
Sun:08:30-17:30
Autostrad Rent A Car
Autostrad Rent A Car
Good 6.4 / 163 reviews
+97165338877
Al Wahda Street, Al Majaz Al Nahda, Al Yaqoot Crystal, Sharjah
Working hours
Mon:08:00-13:00; 17:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-13:00; 17:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-13:00; 17:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-13:00; 17:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-13:00; 17:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-13:00; 17:00-21:00
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