Car Rental in Dubai
Renting a car in Dubai is an excellent way to explore everything the city and the surrounding emirate has to offer. With many landmarks outside of the reach of the Dubai Metro system and other exciting places within driving distance like Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, expand your travel possibilities in Dubai with car rental.
Where to rent a car in Dubai
Along with the many car rental providers at Dubai Airport and Al Maktoum Airport, numerous leading car rental agencies have offices dotted around the center of Dubai. Some of the companies available in the city include Budget, Thrifty, Hertz, Sixt and Dollar along with several local companies. It is also worth enquiring with your hotel about a pick-up and drop-off service which will make things much more convenient.
If you are arriving at Dubai International Airport you can travel into the city using the Dubai Metro or hop in a taxi. From Al Maktoum International Airport there is a public bus service available and taxis are always available.
Driving in Dubai
Driving around Dubai can be a daunting experience for novice drivers as local drivers can often be reckless, flouting simple road etiquette with sudden overtaking and other aggressive maneuvers. The roads frequently suffer from congestion so be prepared to sit in traffic if you drive during peak hours. If you haven’t considered it yet, it may be wise to invest in a satnav device to help you navigate the unfamiliar roads. It should also be noted the blood alcohol limit for driving in the country is zero.
The working week in Dubai is from Sunday-Thursday, while Fridays are a holy day so the roads are very quiet until the afternoon. Having a reputation as one of the most modern and developed cities in the world, the quality of the roads in Dubai are usually excellent but will get bumpy if you drive out to undeveloped areas.
Parking in Dubai
On-street parking is available in Dubai and is regulated by meter payments which is usually calculated on an hourly rate, with a rate of around 1-2 AED per hour in most places. Getting around by private vehicle is the dominant mode of transport in the city, so you will find many establishments like shopping malls, hotels and restaurants will offer parking and valet parking. It can be time-consuming waiting around for parking spaces in popular areas over the weekends - an alternative is to find parking near a metro station to save yourself the time.
Where to go around Dubai
Before you explore the rest of the country, make sure you don't miss the best things to do in Dubai. Travelers with their own rental vehicle will be able to visit many fascinating destinations in and around Dubai. Sharjah is just 30 km north of Dubai and will usually take less than 30 minutes to reach. Sharjah isn’t as busy as Dubai and offers many fascinating cultural attractions and a serene beachfront area. The “Garden City” of Al Ain is also within day-trip distance of Dubai, with the journey taking less than 2 hours. Finally, the thriving metropolis of Abu Dhabi can also be reach in under 1 hour 30 minutes with its many fantastic attractions like Yas Island and Sheikh Zayed Mosque well worth the journey. Find out the top sights in Abu Dhabi.
* This information is correct as of December 2018