What you should know before renting a car in the UAE

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  • If you have any doubt about your safety driving a small car, paying for a bigger car would be money wisely spent.
  • A refundable deposit amount of AED1500 or more will be requested by the car rental company for any car.
  • If you’re not a resident of the UAE, you must present a valid International Driver’s Permit in addition to your national driver’s license at the time of rental.
  • You can drive in the UAE without issuing an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) if you’re a resident of some countries such as Canada, the US, Australia, the UK, Poland, Sweden and others.

Renting a car as soon as you arrive to Dubai International Airport can’t be easy with so many car rental services offering pick-ups from Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. And in the long run, renting a car might be your best option if you don’t want to commit to a car or not sure about your current job.
In this article you will find some information and tips to help you rent your first car in Dubai.

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Insurance

As long as you can afford full insurance; it’s totally worth it. A New driver or with years of experience, you don’t want to regret not opting for the full insurance when the accident is your fault.

Full insurance in the Dubai starts at AED200. Buying a car insurance has become much easier today with online comparator. Sit back, relax and let insurance aggregator do it for you. A new company worth mentioning, Aqeed, is revolutionizing the buying process by making your experience fast, smooth and by finding rates that suit your pocket best.

Vehicle’s size

Though big cars are relatively expensive to rent, they guarantee the maximum level of safety possible on the road. If you have any doubt about your safety driving a small car, especially if you have kids on board with you, paying for a bigger car would be money wisely spent.

Cost

Affordable cars versus expensive often translate to safe versus not safe but that’s not always the case. Compare prices for the vehicle that provides you with the highest safety at various car rental agencies. Most importantly, don’t compromise safety to save money.
A refundable deposit amount of AED1500 or more will be requested by the car rental company for any car.

Requirements

In general, car rental companies require that the driver’s license is at least one year old. The newer your driving license is, the higher the risk they take by renting you a car. Some companies rent out to new drivers but for a much higher price.
When it comes to documents; you should present a valid driving license held for at least one year. If you’re not a resident of the UAE, you must present a valid International Driver’s Permit in addition to your national driver’s license at the time of rental. Your foreign driving license can easily be transferred to a Dubai driving license without much paper work and hassle.

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If you’re a resident in one of these countries; you can drive in the UAE without issuing an International Driver’s Permit (IDP): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.
If you need someone else to drive your car as well, you have to register them as a second driver by submitting their required documents too.

Accidents

When you rent a car, the insurance cost is covered by the rental company so you don’t need to worry about car accidents and maintenance. Most of car rental agencies will offer you another car if an accident takes place until the car you have rented is repaired.

Tips

  • Rental fees don’t include Salik fee which is AED5.
  • You will pay for any damage you cause to the rental car such as stains, tire damage and scratches.
  • Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched the Smart Rental Services, with the aim of improving mobility and transportation in Dubai. The new service allows people to rent cars for short periods of time, not exceeding 6 hours, using U Drive and ekar smartphone applications. The Smart Rental Services are available for residents and tourists.
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