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Key facts for hiring a car in Dubai
Car hire locations
Dubai Airport is the most popular location for car hire. There are three terminals, so if you’re flying into Dubai, it’s best to book your car hire at the same terminal you arrive at.
Best time to visit
Dubai seasons range from hot to hotter. The most bearable temperatures are during November - March, but prices will be much higher.
Local delicacies to try
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Hire a car in Dubai
Dubai has transformed itself into an enticing, luxurious playground – geared to entertain.
For many visitors, Dubai is the Middle East's version of Las Vegas. In recent years, this glamorous emirate has scaled the popularity rankings, fighting off tourist giants like New York and Singapore.
Visitors are flocking to the Persian Gulf, and it's not hard to see why: Dubai has a highly sought-after tropical climate, the skyscrapers of NYC, the beaches of Miami, the restaurants of Paris, the nightlife of London and the star appeal of Vegas.
Car rental in Dubai – the numbers
Frequently asked questions
Q. What is the most popular rental length in Dubai?
A. Seven to eight days.
Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Dubai?
Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Dubai?
A. Avis is the cheapest car rental brand in Dubai, offering cars from just £10 per day.
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Many new driving laws were introduced to Dubai in 2017. Safe drivers won’t have a problem, but there are a few interesting rules to be aware of.
- The drink driving limit is 0 mg, and there is zero tolerance on this.
- Children under 10 years old or 145cm are not permitted in the front seat.
- Blocking traffic or suddenly swerving can lead to a fine.
- Making abusive gestures or remarks at other drivers can leave you subject to fines and even prison.
- Other offenses include: throwing rubbish from your car, not leaving a safe distance between your car and others and crowding around an accident.
- Pedestrians should only cross roads in designated areas, but bear in mind that vehicles are unlikely to stop at zebra crossings.
- Fuel is cheap, usually costing around 2DH (42p) per litre.
There is a fusion of Muslim culture in Dubai's cultural recipe. Visiting souks – traditional Arabian marketplaces, and sailing the Dubai Creek in a dhow (sailing boat) are just some of the ways you can explore the city's roots.
Experience Dubai’s sleepy heritage by visiting Bastakia (the Old Town). Spice shops, teahouses and galleries line narrow streets of this historical district, and the stone buildings provide a pleasant contrast to the contemporary skyline which dominates the city.
For an adrenaline rush, tour the dunes on a desert safari. You’ll need some nerves to conquer these vast sandy hills, but don’t worry – the driving is strictly left to the professionals.
A drive away
Just outside of downtown Dubai is Ras Al Khor – a wildlife sanctuary home to some unlikely residents. Hundreds of flamingos, as well as many other species of bird, use these wetlands as a winter stop-off. What’s more entertaining than a sea of pink legs and feathers with a dramatic city backdrop? If you need any more convincing, entry is free.
Local tip: On your way back, drive along the Sheikh Zayed Road (at night if you can) and see the city’s cluster of illuminated skyscrapers.
Driving out of Dubai
Al Ain is nicknamed the Garden City, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Date palms, camel markets and a landscape of green are common findings here. Museums, forts and palaces are also on hand if you want to soak in some additional culture.
Known merely as the Norway of Arabia, this undiscovered region on the Omani peninsula is the extreme opposite of Dubai.
Think dolphins, fjords, lagoons and mountain roads. Khawr Najd may be one of the most impressive fjords – the view from the top is spectacular. It’s even possible to camp out on the beach at the bottom. Remember to bring your passport if you are heading to Oman.
Liwa is an expansive stretch of desert commonly known as the Empty Quarter. As it’s a few hours from Dubai, it’s worth staying in a hotel for a night or two. Needless to say, the camel to people ratio is heavily weighted towards the former here, but that’s what makes it so beautiful.
The mountainous Moreeb Dune – thought to be one of the biggest dunes in the world – is the place to see an unforgettable sunset.