Everything you need to know about renting a car:

Of course if u are going to travel for a short duration you will most likely want to rent a car.

Many travelers who visit Dubai and even some residents who live here, find that renting a car in Dubai is a more sensible option than using taxis or public transport.

NOTE:You can rent a car only if you are 21 years old or above


If you are a UAE resident, and you have a driving license then you are required to submit:

1.Emirates Driving license

2.Emirates ID

If you are a Tourist visiting the UAE, you need to submit:

1.Home country Driving license

2.Passport front side

3.Entry stamp on passport

4.Visa page

Which countries VISITORS can drive a rental car on their country’s driving license in Dubai?(WHEN ON VISIT VISA)

Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea (North), Kuwait, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America.

These are the countries whose citizens are allowed to drive on their own country’s driving license when they are in Dubai on visit visa.

Who needs an International Driving Permit (IDP) to hire a vehicle in Dubai?

Should you not find your country in the above mentioned list, you will need an IDP to hire and drive a rental car here.

Can there be any additional charges?

There are no overheads unless otherwise specified by the car hire company. You only need to pay the full rental amount for the period you need the car as a daily / weekly / monthly deal.

However, a refundable deposit amount of AED 1500 or more per car is blocked by the car hire agency.

Can anyone else drive the car other than the renter?

No, only the registered driver whose driving license and details have been submitted can drive a leased car.
An additional driver can be registered on the same hired car by submitting the required documents:

i.e  copy of valid UAE driving license and visa along with an additional registration fee.

Who pays the fuel charges?

You, the car renter / driver, pay for the fuel expenses. The fuel costs in the United Arab Emirates are quite low anyway, so fuel costs should not be much of a worry.

However, if you are planning to drive long distances on a regular basis, find out the mileage your car delivers per liter / gallon to be sure. The fuel stations are rather crowded during peak hours, especially the petrol station by Tecom, Metro Station off Sheikh Zayed Road.

What if rented car meet an accident?

Some car rental companies are known to charge extremely high charges including repair costs + days the car is kept in the garage for repairs + admin fees (up to AED 1000) even for minor dents.

Be sure to understand the terms if you’re planning for a long-term lease from the car lease company staff.
Concealing that small dent might seem like a good idea but if you’re caught, the result might be even more expensive.

What credit card should renter possess and how much is the Deposit?

ACCEPTED credit cards:MasterCard (not debit), Visa (not debit)
Intended for your booking phase, you will be deposited 1,500 AED against your card.
Other repayment ways are not accepted.

The above FAQs are written for those interested in hiring a car in Dubai and are gathered from various sources. However, please ask / confirm the details with the car rental company you deal with or Dubai Road & Transport Authority (RTA) authorities for accurate answers.

We will be updating this section on an ongoing basis.

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