Car Rental in the United Arab Emirates

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Dubai Delta Hotels Car Rental
Economy
Mitsubishi Attrage or similar
Mitsubishi Attrage
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Dollar
$17.31 per day
Sharjah Golden Sands Hotel Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Thrifty
$17.31 per day
Ras Al Khaimah Airport Car Rental
Compact
Chevrolet Aveo or similar
Chevrolet Aveo
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$17.79 per day
Ras Al Khaimah Airport Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Budget
$17.93 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Ras Al Khaimah Airport Car Rental
Mini
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$18.06 / per day
Ras Al Khaimah Airport Car Rental
Compact
Chevrolet Sonic or similar
Chevrolet Sonic
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$18.75 / per day
Dubai Al Quoz Car Rental
Compact
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$18.97 / per day
Dubai Int. Airport Car Rental
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$19.94 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 07:29 on 2022-10-02. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Arabic
Currency
AED
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Country code
971
Economy car rental price
$23.05 / per day
Average car rental length
1 days
Speed limit within town
50 - 60 km/h
31 - 37 mi/h
Speed limit out of town
100 - 120 km/h
62 - 75 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.00%
Rating
9.2
Average gasoline price
$1.03 / 1 liter
Highest gasoline price
$1.25 / 1 liter
Lowest gasoline price
$0.69 / 1 liter

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 $663 per day
  • Large cars - from $41 per day
  • Medium cars - from $32 per day
  • Vans - from $146 per day
  • Premium cars - from $386 per day
  • Small cars - from $25 per day
  • SUVs - from $129 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.
This information was written, fact-checked, and/or translated by our content creators. Learn more about our editorial policy.

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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
$78.59
January
$46.22
February
$64.03
March
$116.03
April
$61.41
May
$33.35
June
$32.26
July
$55.99
August
$117.86
September
$32.48
October
$42.84
November
$38.69
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in the United Arab Emirates is July — prices start from $32.26 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 $117.86 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?

DiscoverCars.com 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 October.
Popularity of Car Rental in the United Arab Emirates by Monthly Searches
237%
January
204%
February
182%
March
67%
April
39%
May
15%
June
17%
July
39%
August
168%
September
1%
October
120%
November
110%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
AddCar Kia Rio 4 1 Small cars
DRIVUS Hyundai Tucson 5 3 SUVs
Dollar Kia Picanto 4 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Nissan Micra 5 1 Small cars
Thrifty Nissan Micra 5 3 Small cars
Alamo Ford EcoSport 4 2 SUVs
Autostrad Rent A Car Mitsubishi Attrage 4 2 Small cars
Alamo Ford Figo 3 2 Small cars
Alamo Ford Focus 5 3 Medium cars
Payless Chevrolet Spark 5 1 Small 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.

Kuwait
Honda CR-V
September 15, 2022
Take care of the speed cameras especially in low speed bridges and exists , I received a speeding ticket for going 50 KM/H ( 30 MPH ) on one particularly low speed exist with speed limit of 40 km/H ( 25 MPH )speed limit
France
Kia Picanto
September 7, 2022
Very good car and cheap and good personnel
Philippines
Renault Duster
July 27, 2022
dubai is a great place to drive in
Qatar
Mitsubishi Attrage
May 31, 2022
Fairly business trip, all went smoothly. Thanks
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

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
SIXT
8.58 / 10
Lowest rated company
Autostrad Rent A Car
6.43 / 10
Total number of reviews
10
Total rental companies
19
Average daily price
$23.05
Lowest daily price
$14.51
Total cars available
1341

Top 19 Suppliers in the United Arab Emirates in 2022

SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.6 / 4 reviews
+9718007498
Sharjah International Airport, Sharjah
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.6 / 246 reviews
+97142245404 / +97142245364 / +97142203700
Dubai International Airport, 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
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5 / 87 reviews
+97142245056
Terminal 3, 67 Airport Rd - Dubai
National
National
Excellent 8.5 / 3 reviews
26425115
Zayed 1St Street Khalidiya
Working hours
Mon:08:30-17:30
Tue:08:30-17:30
Wed:08:30-17:30
Thu:08:30-17:30
Fri:08:30-12:30
Sun:08:30-17:30
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.4
+971026458488
Al Reef Downtown Block C4 Building 20 - Al Reef - Abu Dhabi
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
Sun:09:00-18:00
KTC GULF Rent A Car
KTC GULF Rent A Car
Excellent 8.4 / 1 reviews
+971521718977
Building No S2 31 41 A Street, 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
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
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.4 / 42 reviews
+97125998959
ABU DHABI AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:00:01-23:59
Tue: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 8.3 / 147 reviews
+971506263439
Airport Road D89 Al Garhoud Airport Terminal 1 - 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
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.2 / 95 reviews
+97148879716
AL MAKTOUM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-18:00
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.1 / 218 reviews
+97126419002
Al Wahda - Hazza Bin Zayed St - Old Airport Rd - Abu Dhabi
Working hours
Mon:10:00-22:00
Tue:10:00-22:00
Wed:10:00-22:00
Thu:10:00-22:00
Fri:10:00-23:00
Sat:10:00-23:00
Sun:10:00-22:00
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.1 / 12 reviews
+97148810882
N602 - Dubai
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Excellent 8 / 53 reviews
+97125864411
Abu Dhabi International airport
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
York Car Rental
York Car Rental
Excellent 8
+971800297
Insta Space Business Center Airport Road
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-20:00
Sat:07:00-20:00
Sun:07:00-20:00
RightCars
RightCars
Excellent 8 / 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
DRIVUS
DRIVUS
Very good 7.7 / 16 reviews
+971525800788
89, Al Estiqlal Street, Sharjah
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:00
Tue:08:00-22:00
Wed:08:00-22:00
Thu:08:00-22:00
Fri:08:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-22:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
Avis
Avis
Good 6.9 / 30 reviews
+97145186755
Jumeira Beach Residence, Murjan 1 G09 - The Walk - Dubai
Working hours
Mon:10:00-22:00
Tue:10:00-22:00
Wed:10:00-22:00
Thu:10:00-22:00
Fri:10:00-22:00
Sat:10:00-22:00
Sun:10:00-22:00
Autostrad Rent A Car
Autostrad Rent A Car
Good 6.4 / 163 reviews
97124459298
Airport Road, Near Al-Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-21:00
Sun:08:00-21:00
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