Time Out Dubai has the definitive guide to living in Dubai, getting jobs in Dubai, setting up home in Dubai and car rental in Dubai.
Time Out Dubai staff
In order to rent a car in Dubai you must have an international or UAE driver’s licence. Your international licence will only be valid for rentals while you’re on a tourist visa – as soon as you have a residence visa, you’ll need to get a UAE licence. You’ll also need to be insured – fully comprehensive accident insurance is recommended. There are plenty of well-known car rental companies in Dubai.
Avis It’s an international name you can trust. If you’ve used them before in your home country, you'll know it’s fairly easy to sort a car out with them here in Dubai. 04 343 7783, www.avis.com Budget They have a decent range of vehicles that’ll suit every budget. You can expect good service and reasonable terms here. 04 295 6667; www.budget-uae.com
Diamond Lease They have a number of offices all around town and prices tend to be a little lower than competitors. 04 220 0325; www.diamondlease.com
Hertz All the famous names in their care are priced competitively and they’ll always have a clean, well-maintained car available for you if you decide on a lesser-known make and model. 04 206 0206; www.hertz.ae National Car Rental Has a helpful car rental quote section on their website, so you’ll know exactly what’s on offer without even stepping into their office. 04 220 3023; www.national-me.com
Thrifty As with all the others, you’ll only find a few dirhams difference between Thrifty and other household names. 04 220 3700; www.thriftyuae.com