Rental companies may charge extra for drivers aged under 25, normally payable when you pick up your car. Age restrictions may apply in certain locations. Check the rental company's website before booking.

Car Hire from Dubai Airport

Car Hire at Dubai International

Travellers flying into Dubai International Airport (DXB) will arrive about two miles northeast of the city centre. You can head from your arrival gate to the car hire desk to pick up a Dubai car hire from a wide variety of companies including:

  • Hertz
  • Sixt
  • Alamo
  • Dollar
  • Thrifty
  • Avis
  • Budget

You can choose between short or long-term car rental in Dubai as well as basic or luxury car hire in Dubai. Rental car desks can be found in both terminals one and two at the airport. Free shuttles are available. Follow the signs out of the airport, and then look for signs directing you to E11/Jebel Ali/Abu Dhabi and merge onto Sheikh Rashid Rd/E11. This will take you the short distance to the centre of Dubai.

Driving With Car Hire From Dubai International

The best day to drive in Dubai is Friday when the roads are quieter. However, if you're arriving on a different day, be aware that the legal driving age is 18. Watch for speeding vehicles, those that do not hold their lanes, and cars that pass on the inside and drive on the shoulder. Give yourself plenty of space. You might want to consider using a Dubai car hire with a driver if you are less confident driving abroad.

Places to Visit by Car From Dubai International

Whether you opt for a basic or luxury car hire in Dubai, be sure to take in some local sights. One of the best places to visit from the airport is the Burj Khalifa. You can travel up to the observation deck on the 124th floor of this 828-meter building and see the entire city. It's about a 30-minute drive from the airport. You'll take the Abu Dhabi - Ghweifat International Hwy/Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 for the majority of the trip. While you're in the area, check out the largest choreographed fountain in the world that sits nearby. Fountains shoot water 125 meters high to a fun music and light show. If you have more time, consider these things to do in Dubai. A Dubai car hire with driver might give you more opportunity to take in the sights.

Parking in Dubai

The parking system in Dubai is divided into three categories: commercial, non-commercial and special areas. Whether you have a short or long-term car rental in Dubai, you'll want to park in Zone C or Zone D, which includes all non-commercial roadside parking and paved lots in the city. If you're looking for accommodation nearby, the Premier Inn Dubai International Airport offers parking and is located just opposite Terminal 3. Another nearby option with car parking is the Millennium Dubai Airport Hotel.

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To make your trip easier, be sure to make your Dubai car hire reservation ahead of time. Although Arabic is the official language in Dubai, English is most commonly spoken. Local currency is the United Arab Emirates Dirham, and Dubai is in the Gulf Standard Time zone, four hours ahead of the UK. If you're flying direct from the United Kingdom, you can arrive in Dubai in about seven hours. Flights with one layover may take closer to 10 hours.

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