Sunday 21 July 2024 (UAE)

Dubai car rental, UAE

Coronavirus in the UAE: Some information on this website is out of date as a result of measures taken in the UAE to deal with the coronavirus crisis. Confirm with official or authoritative sources.

Renting a Car in Dubai - Dubai Car Rentals

As of January 2007, car renters need to have an International Driving Permit (IDP, often referred to as an international driving license) in addition to their home country license to be allowed to rent a car. IDP and country driving license must be from the same country. Previously, citizens of some countries only needed their home country license. See the International driving license in Dubai page. If you don't have your IDP, you might still be able to obtain a temporary Dubai driving license.

Monthly car rentals for a relatively new, good condition small car are about 1500-2000 dhs per month. It's possible to save a couple of hundred dhs on that with smaller less well-known companies but check the car carefully - is more likely to be older and shabbier. Many expats new to Dubai will rent a car for the first month or more. It can be a sensible choice (and might be the only choice until you get your residence visa and Dubai driving licence) while you familiarise yourself with the road network and driving styles in Dubai.

Daily car rentals will be more like 70-120 dhs per day for a small car (usually you can negotiate something less than the quoted price). Check whether that includes unlimited mileage, off-road driving (for 4wd), full insurance including liability insurance, CDW, other drivers, and so on - all the usual stuff. Remember that in Dubai, if someone dies in an accident that you're involved in, you will be liable for 'blood money' of AED 150,000-200,000 dhs if it's decided that you're at fault. You should be insured for that (at least with the more reputable car rental agencies). If you drink (alcohol limit is zero) and drive, and have an accident, you will not be insured. See the driving in Dubai page for more about being on the road.

Comparison of monthly prices for car rental in Dubai (one month = 28 days)


Website aggregators - most are more expensive than direct from car rental firm. One exception is sites using the Car Trawler booking engine seem to offer the best deals, sometimes cheaper than direct from company.

Car rental companies direct. Cheapest monthly rate listed first for each company, where available.

Car hire excess insurance cover

Normally car rental in UAE and other countries includes CDW - Collision Damage Waiver, which means you have insurance in the event of an accident except for an insurance excess which you have to pay yourself if you are responsible, or there is damage to the car for which a third party cannot be blamed (an unknown car or person scratches it in a car park for example).

In the USA and Canada, CDW is not normally included in car hire, you must pay for it as an additional extra - compulsory unless you can show evidence of already having purchased CDW elsewhere.

Car Rental Agencies in Dubai and the UAE

This is not a complete list of all companies, only the larger, more well-known companies. Most should have a 24 hr branch at Dubai International Airport.

Budget Rent-a-Car UAE
Budget Car Rental Dubai and UAE contact details
Diamondlease Car Rental
National Car Rental
United Car Rentals
Specials and Promotions for car rental in Dubai

[Archive, update, or delete]

Last update Tuesday 14-Oct-2014
Related pages
Related websites (new window)
Sponsored links (PDF and print version).

Abu Dhabi AUH ABD ADB, Ajman AJM, Al Ain AAN, Dubai DXB, Fujairah FUJ, Ras Al Khaimah RAK, Sharjah SHJ, Umm Al Quwain UAQ

DubaiFAQs UAE information guide. Copyright © 2004-2024, Dubai, UAE - United Arab Emirates | blog | Facebook | Twitter |