The United Arab Emirates boasts modern roads in pristine condition. Any class of car hire will do unless you plan on going on a desert safari in which case you'll need a 4x4. As in most western countries driving is done on the right while overtaking should be done on the left. Locals are known for driving rather aggressively making last minute unexpected lane changes a national sport. Drive defensively and always give yourself sufficient space for unpredictable and erratic driving conditions.
To rent a vehicle in United Arab Emirates, you must be at least 18 years old (age can vary by car category) and have held your driver's license for at least 1 year. You will also need an International drivers license which is basically a translation of your normal license. For drivers under the age of 25 an additional young driver surcharge may apply locally. Seatbelts are mandatory.
Speed limits in UAE are:
In the United Arab Emirates you drive on the right and overtake on the left. Driving can be a challenge especially in bigger cities such as Abu Dhabi.
Petrol stations in major cities and on the motorways are open 24 hours.
You will not encounter many tolled roads while travelling through the U.A.E. other than in Dubai where there are a few. An automatic payment system known as Salik has been introduced which allows for payment via electronic chip installed on your windshield.
Car parks belonging to hotels, shopping centers, supermarkets etc are usually free though quite often full. Street parking or public car parks are usually 1 or 2 dhs per hour.
Car rental insurance varies widely, so please study the information below prior to making your booking. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.
All our car hire rates include Collision Damage coverage and Theft Protection for the vehicle. Rental limits potential vehicle damage or loss liability to an excess, which is stated on your voucher. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.
Most car categories can be driven throughout the U.A.E.. If you wish to drive abroad (outside U.A.E.) you need to purchase additional coverage. Please note that you may not take your rental car on a ferry. Due to insurance regulations, there are restrictions on luxury car categories and on travel in certain countries. Please take a moment to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to book.
There are various rules which apply if you plan on taking your car outside of the U.A.E. Please inform us ahead of time if you intend on travelling abroad. There are additional insurance fees that apply for these rentals. If you want to cross any national border(s) with your rental car it is important that you please contact us on our toll free number 1800 943 075.
Domestic one-way rentals are available between certain locations, additional fees may apply. Fees also apply for international one-way rentals. Some vehicles are prohibited on international one way rentals.