Car Rental in Dubai
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Where to rent a car in Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates has many car rental agencies scattered across the whole of the city, providing alternative transportation modes for travellers who would like to consider driving around as opposed to riding crowded public transportation. Many of them have cheap rates and ask for very little paper work, although an international driving permit will almost always be required, especially if you do not have a UAE licence or your local licence is not in English. Most of the car rental companies take their offices along the E11 and D79 areas near the airport and near the coast, primarily for easy access.
Some of the car rental agencies that can be found Dubai include Fancy Rent A Car, German Rent A Car, Bettercar Car Rentals, Superprice Rent A Car, Al Qaim Dubai, and many others. Major car rental companies also run services in the city, including Budget, Sixt, Hertz, and Thrifty. Most of the car rental companies offer competitive pricing schemes, discounts, while some others offer various types of vehicles, including luxury vehicles and limousines to draw clients in.
What to expect when renting a car from Dubai
Dubai is a huge emirate and a developed one at that, so drivers will surely encounter many paved roads and highways that are well-maintained and well-lit. Add this to the fact that locals here are fans of luxury cars; you are sure to encounter some of the best drives of your life when in Dubai. However, traffic here is an issue and quite becomes a headache especially during the peak hours. Due to the denseness of the population in Dubai, locals and even visitors exhaust transportation modes too much that the roads become parking spaces during these peak hours when everyone is out of their homes and are heading to somewhere else. Roads are not marked in logical order too, and road signs are usually in Arabic, which can be a pain for travellers who are driving here for the first time. This can be remedied by knowing what the peak hours for travel are, and installing or having a reliable and updated map or GPS system on your vehicle. Chances are that the car rental company offers vehicles with built-in GPS systems, so inquire in advance to save time for this. Further, some car rental companies offer chauffeur services with charges on top of the rental vehicle charges, which may ease the trouble of asking for GPS systems and others. If still pushing to drive by yourself, do remember that drinking and driving is not tolerated here, and stiff penalties are belted to perpetrators. Moreover, toll fees are paid using Salik tags, which are supposed to be provided by the car rental companies. All toll fees that will be used when driving will be charged to the renter upon return of the car. Finally, always keep safe and drive quite defensively – as you will never know what type of driver you'd meet on the road.
Getting to your destination
Home to many cultures of the world, Jumeirah is filled with numerous destinations; beautiful villas, beaches, and even shopping districts in to one place. This is a perfect destination for those who would want to enjoy many types of attractions but would not want to leave the main Dubai area.
From central Dubai, Jumeirah is only about 10 minutes away. Get here via Dubai- Ghweifat International Highway/Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 (this route has tolls), or via Al wasl Rd/D92. If coming from the airport, Jumeirah can be reached through the Al Khail Road Dubai – Ghweifat International Highway and Sheik Zayed Road/E11 towards the 15th street.
Jebel Ali is a major residential and industrial hub that is located in the southern portion of Dubai. It is an important centre of commerce, and is very famous for its Ibn Battuta Mall. Ibn Battuta Mall is inspired by Ibn Battuta and his travels, with the mall itself styled on the countries visited by the famous explorer.
Jebel Ali is only about 30-40 minutes from the city centre of Dubai. Get Here via Ghweifat International Highway/Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11, or via E 44 and Dubai – Ghweifat International Highway/Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11. Expect tolls on both routes. Jebel Ali can also be reached from the airport road towards E11. Take exit 22 from E11 and drive ahead to the 220th Street to reach Jebel Ali. Jebel Ali is an access point to the Dubai Marina and the Jebel Ali Palm.
Bur Dubai is famous for its abras, souqs, floating restaurants, and creeks. It is a highly historical area, and is worth the visit especially if planning on learning Dubai's colourful past.
Bur Dubai can be accessed through Financial Centre Road/D71, through Al Sa’ada St/D86, or through Financial Centre Road/D71 and Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11.