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Driving in Dubai can be a truly magnificent experience. Riding in luxurious cars alongside futuristic skyscrapers while admiring incredible architecture can really turn an already unique and inimitable holiday around.

Hiring a car in Dubai is simple and cheap, and very often a winning choice for getting around its streets in complete autonomy. As one of the most important cities in the world, it is not hard to imagine that the major rental companies are present in Dubai, as are some smaller local companies that also have a strong online presence.

The best thing to do is to book a car directly from home: there is no risk of being stranded once you arrive at your destination and above all, by booking well in advance you can take advantage of convenient offers or promotions.

Where to rent a car in Dubai

Picking up a rental car once you have landed at the airport is simple, safe and cheap, especially if booked well in advance before departure. By doing so, in fact, you can take advantage of the best promotions and offers offered by local and international rental companies, based at Dubai International Airport or Dubai World Center Airport.

Dubai International Airport, which for 95 per cent of visitors is the city’s entry point, is equipped with ample space dedicated to car rental. The counters of numerous rental companies can be found in all three terminals (AVIS, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz, Payless, Sixt and Trifty among the international ones, while local companies include National rent a car, Diamond lease, Fast and Al Wefaq).

Al Maktoum Airport (Dubai World Center), for now still a cathedral in the desert, but expected to completely replace the international airport by the mid-2020s, also has car rental counters located within the arrivals area. There you will find Avis, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

Renting a car at the airport is easy and the employees of the rental companies speak excellent English. Should there be any problems of any kind, simply call customer support and your holiday can proceed without any problems.

Dubai International Airport

The vast majority of visitors land at the International Airport, located in the Deira district and not far from the Creek. This is Emirates’ hub and one of the busiest airports in the world, with hundreds and hundreds of flights arriving and departing to and from every destination in the world every day.

Once landed, the arrivals area of all three terminals houses the offices of all the major rental companies: Hertz, Thrifty, Europcar, Avis and many others, as well as some local companies.

To easily find the cheapest car rental we recommend using the following search form which compares the rates of all companies at theDubai International Airport.

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The following are the most reliable car rental companies listed in Dubai International Airport. If you have preferences on a single company you can click on the respective logo to read the comments and reviews of other travelers who have rented a car at this airport

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Dubai World Center Airport

Even at the Dubai World Center airport, although still very little used despite plans to make it the busiest airport in the world by 2025, there are all the major car rental companies: Al Wefaq, Avis, Budget, Diamond Lease, Dollar, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, Keddy By Europcar, National, Sixt and Thrifty, offering all types of cars, from the cheapest to the most luxurious.

To easily find the cheapest car rental we recommend using the following search form which compares the rates of all companies at theDubai World Center Airport.

Compare car rental rates at Dubai World Center Airport
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The following are the most reliable car rental companies listed in Dubai World Center Airport. If you have preferences on a single company you can click on the respective logo to read the comments and reviews of other travelers who have rented a car at this airport

Local car rental agencies

Renting a car in Dubai in the city

Usually, apart from the airport, the place par excellence where car rental companies can be found is the train station. However, Dubai does not even have one, as there are no trains in the UAE and therefore renting a car in the city is not so straightforward. Often the best option is to take the metro to the airport, enter the terminal and rent a car directly there.

Of course, even in this case it is advantageous to book directly in advance, as you can take advantage of lower rates.

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Reliability is guaranteed and prices are quite cheap, but the huge advantage is the petrol prices: as oil abounds in these parts, fuels are really cheap, which often prompts people to take advantage of this to get a higher-end car, more satisfying to drive in a city like Dubai where everything is huge and out of reach.

Regardless of how much you plan to drive, you will be able to find the best rental car in Dubai: mini, economy and compact rental classes are ideal for young couples to single travellers without too much luggage in tow, and are also ideal for driving around the city.

If you need a little extra space for your luggage, sedans and family cars can generally hold up to three large suitcases, while spacious seven-seater MPVs can carry up to four. Finally, if you want to make your trip to Dubai truly unforgettable, a convertible or luxury car could be the winning choice.

Driving in Dubai

The city of Dubai, though immense, is not difficult to get around by car: just get familiar with two or three landmarks (first and foremost the Creek, Sheikh Zayed Road and the outer ring) and driving will be no problem: the Emirates’ strict laws also apply when it comes to traffic laws.

Parking spaces are frequent and often free, especially in residential districts such as Jumeirah or Al Satwa, but in any case there are numerous paid parking spaces more or less everywhere in the city.

Petrol in these parts of the world is practically free, it costs a fraction of what we are used to paying in Europe and this makes it possible to save a lot on the cost of a hire car.

On the other hand, however, it is necessary to factor in the expense of the Salik, the telematic payment system needed to cross the Sheikh Zayed Road; it is similar to our Telepass, but you need only slow down and there are no barriers, the toll is automatically deducted even at high speeds.

This is why renting a car in Dubai can be a winning choice: the attractions are located far apart and it is often tedious to wait for the bus or the metro, the independence that a rental car gives is maximum and the costs are definitely affordable, so much so that you can think of renting a superior category car (if not even a luxury one) paying the same price as a small car in Europe. All in all, it could be the perfect choice for a perfect holiday.

Car categories available in Dubai

The following models are some examples of the cars that you can rent in Dubai.

Mini
Car hire Mini in Dubai
  • 2-4
  • 1
  • 0
  • Examples: Fiat Panda, Fiat 500, Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto
Budget
Car hire Budget in Dubai
  • 4
  • 1
  • 1
  • Examples: Ford Fiesta, Opel Corsa, Seat Ibiza, Citroen C3
Standard
Car hire Standard in Dubai
  • 5
  • 2
  • 1
  • Examples: Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Audi A3
Station Wagon
Car hire Station Wagon in Dubai
  • 5
  • 3
  • 0
  • Examples: Opel Astra SW, Ford Focus SW, Golf SW
MPV
Car hire MPV in Dubai
  • 5-9
  • 3
  • 1
  • Examples: Volkswagen Touran, Opel Zafira, Ford Galaxy
SUV
Car hire SUV in Dubai
  • 5
  • 3
  • 0
  • Examples: Toyota RAV 4, Ford Escape, Jeep Renegade
Luxury
Car hire Luxury in Dubai
  • 5
  • 2
  • 1
  • Examples: Mercedes Classe C, Mercedes Classe E, Audi A5
Convertible
Car hire Convertible in Dubai
  • 4
  • 2
  • 0
  • Examples: Ford Mustang, Audi A3 cabrio, BMW serie 2

Frequently asked questions about car rental in Dubai

Here are some quick answers to the most common doubts about car rental in Dubai.

More and more people are choosing to rent a car to reduce contacts and increase social distancing, avoiding the often crowded public transport.

Car rental companies are committed to higher hygiene standards to minimize the risk of transmitting the virus.

All the safety measures we are accustomed to are taken at the rental desks and the cars are disinfected after each rental, especially the areas most at risk, such as seats, gearboxes, handles and steering wheel.

Undoubtedly yes. During the pandemic, almost all car rental companies in Dubai were forced to reduce their car fleet to reduce operating costs.

When tourism in Dubai has restarted, due to the crisis in raw materials and electronic components, they have not managed to buy back enough cars.

The consequence is that today every company has far fewer cars than in 2019 and cannot cope with the high demand. This leads to higher prices and less availability, especially during the high season.

The advice we give you is therefore to book the car well in advance, both to get the best prices but above all to be sure of having a rental car.

To reserve a car in Dubai a credit card or debit card is sufficient. However, when you go to collect the car, you will need:

  • a credit card in the name of the driver. Debit and ATM cards are not accepted;
  • copy of the reservation;
  • a driving license valid for at least 12 months;
  • an identity document.

The car rental companies in Dubai allow to rent a car to all those who are between 21 and 70 years old. However, there is an additional cost for under 25 and for those over 70.

A car rental in Dubai always includes:

  • theft insurance;
  • limitation of liability for damage to the vehicle;
  • local, road and airport taxes.

Any extras or additional insurance coverage are separate.

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