Car Rental from Al Maktoum International
Al Maktoum International Airport is the secondary airport in Dubai which primarily handles seasonal charter flights to and from European destinations, although there are also regular services available. Located around 40 km from the center of Dubai, it is very easy to rent a vehicle at Al Maktoum International Airport as there are a few providers on site.
If you plan on exploring everything Dubai has to offer you will find that having your own car makes things a lot easier. Find out the best things to do in Dubai. Walking around in the Dubai heat can be unbearable during the day, and exploring the city is far more enjoyable from the comfort of your own air-conditioned car. You also have the option to travel to nearby destinations by road such as Abu Dhabi and Sharjah to tick off some more boxes on your travel itinerary.
Where to rent a car at Al Maktoum International
There are a few leading car rental companies operating at Al Maktoum International Airport available for travelers inside the terminal itself including:
- Hertz (+971 4 887 9917)
- Thrifty (+971 4 887 9479)
- Dollar (+971 4 887 9289)
- National (+971 4 887 9791
Plenty of vehicle options are readily available including luxury or budget car rental to suit travelers of all budget ranges. You can prearrange your vehicle before your visit so everything is ready for you as soon as you arrive in Dubai.
Reaching your destination
With a vehicle your horizons in Dubai are widened, with many other interesting cities and port towns within touching distance.
Al Maktoum International Airport is located less than 40 km from the center of Dubai and is linked to the city by road. The most popular and quickest route into the city is on the E11 highway, although be advised that this road does have tolls which will incur additional charges. Alternatively, you can turn off onto the E311 road before connecting to the E44 to reach the city without having to pay tolls and the trip is only a fraction longer.
Travelers faced with the difficult choice of picking between visiting Dubai or Abu Dhabi can have it both ways by renting a car as the two cities are within reasonable driving distance of one another. From Al Maktoum International Airport you are little over an hour away from central Abu Dhabi by following the E311 and E10 roads. The journey is a little bit longer from Dubai but still only takes around one hour and 30 minutes, making it a feasible daytrip option. To make the most of your stay, find out the best places to visit in Abu Dhabi.
The city of Sharjah is often overlooked in favor of the more famous modern wonders of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but the ‘cultural capital of the UAE’ has so much to see and do. Sharjah is located around a one hour drive from Al Maktoum International Airport and less than 30 minutes from the center of Dubai itself along the E11 road. If you are traveling to Sharjah directly from Al Maktoum International Airport you may want to take the E311 road instead which is usually less congested than the busier E11.
What to Expect in Dubai
Check out the top hotels in Dubai to make the most of your visit. As you would expect of a large and thriving metropolis, the roads in Dubai can get quite busy during peak times so be sure to time your journeys to avoid the road congestion. Roads are particularly quiet on a Friday from the morning to afternoon which would be an ideal time to explore or set off on longer journeys.
Although Dubai has a metro and bus system, private vehicle usage is still very popular so the city is home to plenty of multistory car parks and offers valet parking services at leading shopping centers and hotels. Remember that for most of the year in Dubai you can expect very hot temperatures and bright sunshine, so be sure to pack a pair of sunglasses with you for driving.
Al Maktoum International Information
Al Maktoum International Airport is comprised of a single passenger terminal and offers a good range of facilities and amenities for travelers to enjoy. The airport is still under construction and is gradually being expanded and developed - once the project is complete it is projected to become the world’s busiest airport. You’ll still be able to find everything you would need for a pleasant experience at the airport including plenty of dining and drinking establishments alongside duty-free shopping and free Wi-Fi access.
* This information is correct as of November 2018