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.
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
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
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
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
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