Car Rental in the United Arab Emirates
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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.
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.
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 $700 per day
- Large cars - from $43 per day
- Medium cars - from $33 per day
- Vans - from $154 per day
- Premium cars - from $407 per day
- Small cars - from $26 per day
- SUVs - from $136 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.
Top 20 Most Popular Locations in the United Arab Emirates
Car Rental at Dubai Int. Airport from $21.06 per day
Car Rental at Al Maktoum Int. Airport from $33.91 per day
Car Rental at Dubai Deira City Centre from $22.81 per day
Car Rental at Dubai Al Quoz from $17.98 per day
Car Rental at Dubai Festival City from $166.42 per day
Car Rental at Dubai Silicon Oasis from $26.42 per day
Car Rental at Dubai Business Bay from $26.42 per day
Car Rental at Abu Dhabi Airport from $22.25 per day
Car Rental at Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan Hotel from $27.01 per day
Car Rental at Sharjah Airport from $22.25 per day
Car Rental at Dubai Atlantis The Palm Hotel from $32.28 per day
Car Rental at Dubai Arenco Building Karama from $17.98 per day
Car Rental at Dubai Delta Hotels from $17.98 per day
Map of Car Rental Locations
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Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|Thrifty||Mitsubishi Attrage||4||2||Small cars|
|Dollar||Kia Picanto||4||1||Small cars|
|GreenMotion||Nissan Micra||5||1||Small cars|
|AddCar||Kia Rio||4||1||Small cars|
|Autostrad Rent A Car||Mitsubishi Attrage||4||2||Small cars|
|Dollar||Hyundai Accent||4||2||Small cars|
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