If you are living in Dubai or if you are a tourist who visits Dubai quite often, you definitely know how crucial it is to have a car here…
Just like all other metropolitan cities and countries, having a medium for quick and easy transport is the key to go around to any place you need.
Nowadays, we have many options like taxis, buses, vans, buying a car, or even renting.
However, one of the best options in Dubai especially if you’re planning to stay there for a good while is renting a car.
Ok, I know that you’re asking yourself now “How much does it cost? Is it worth it and better than other ways?”
Of course, those questions come to everyone’s heads…
We are going to give you the answers and help you rent your dream car in Dubai easily.
Things You Should Know
Public transport in Dubai is good, but it does not cover the whole city. This will be a problem because it will prevent you from going to the place you want or force you to get a taxi, which is really expensive, and honestly no one takes a road trip in a taxi
Here is where renting a car would be a time-saving process and will give you access to a wide car collection without paying a fortune to own any of them, plus actually give you the experience of a lifetime!
Especially if you are planning to stay there for a long time and trying to make the most of your visit to Dubai, then renting a car in this situation would logically be the best option to enhance your tourist experience while you drive a luxurious car at a very reasonable price.
So, when you decide to rent a car, whether it be luxurious or not, you will realize that the car renting market is very competitive – maybe even more than selling your car in Dubai!
However, that’s a good thing for us who want to rent a car because we’ll be able to find affordable prices for any car we want.
That is why we recommend you to take your time browsing when you have decided to rent a car in the UAE.
How It Goes
In Dubai, You have mainly 2 ways to start the rental process,
Either by going to companies and comparing the cars and the prices,
OR ease it out for yourself by using car renting websites and applications.
Websites and applications can be of great help to compare prices and maybe even get a bargain. Because Dubai is so technologically advanced when it comes to being online with all services, sometimes you get offers that are only available when you access it from your mobile phone.
Either way, you have to decide the dates you want to hire the car for, the location, the pickup and drop off times before you decide the car model and year upon your preference.
This should be done to determine the final price and to guarantee the availability of the car you want on the dates you chose.
Once you finish comparing prices and finally decide which car you want and the place you want it at, you’re almost done.
Simply get your UAE driving license and visit the company you chose to get everything done. Or if you’re renting from the internet then simply upload a copy of your Emirates ID and UAE license and fill in some information about yourself and you’re done.
If you don’t have a UAE license, it is recommended you get your international driving license and visit one of the RTA offices so you can obtain a UAE driving license.
(P.S: Try to find places and websites that don’t ask for a deposit to avoid getting scammed. Also, take pictures of the car from inside and outside once you get the keys to make sure you have evidence of the car’s condition before using it.)
The Prices Range
Prices of car rental in Dubai vary a lot depending on the company you’re hiring from, the date you choose (high or low season), and the car type and condition.
Here’s the rough prices that you can expect for car rental per day in Dubai:
- Mini Cars: AED 250 – 275
- Economy: AED 228
- Luxurious: AED 625 – 717
- Four-wheel: AED 324
- Supercar: AED 1000 – 4000
- You can rent some of those fancy supercars about AED 400 per hour.
As you can see the prices change depending on the car you choose, so the price you’ll pay will certainly depend on the car you choose depending on when you are renting the car for. Weekdays are cheaper than weekends and
If you want to roam around the city for some sightseeing, economy and mini cars shall do the job for you. However, if you’re an adventurous person who wants to drive through Dubai’s desert or if you want to travel with your family along with luggage, then 4×4 or bigger cars should be your goal.
And of course, luxurious and supercars are always available as an option for car lovers who want to drive their dream cars.
(P.S: The fuel and parking fees are affordable, so you don’t need to worry much about that. Just make sure the car has a good GPS to maneuver around the roads and reach the place you want. Sometimes you may cross Salik road tolls to skip through traffic and note that more often than not, rent a car companies will charge you a small premium on the Salik. They may charge you AED5 instead of AED4 for crossing.)
Road Rules and Regulations to be strictly followed
Knowing about Dubai’s road rules is very necessary to guarantee your safety and avoid paying extra money on fines. See below our top 10 rules when it comes to driving in Dubai.
- No driving under the influence of alcohol.
- Kids under 8 years should sit in a booster seat.
- Always wear the seatbelt.
- Make sure you have all the required papers like insurance and registration, your Emirates ID and driving license.
- Don’t use your phone while driving.
- Follow the speed limits.
- Drive on the right-hand side of the road.
- Do not throw cigarette buds and trash outside the car
- Do not play loud music in residential areas.
- No eating or drinking in the car during fasting hours in the month of Ramadan.
Now that you are aware of the rules and regulations, follow them to avoid any fines and make use of these tips to rent a car in Dubai at the best possible rates.
Time to get driving!