Car Hire at Dubai International Airport
This information is correct as of June 2015.
As the busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic and third by passenger traffic , travelers from all the six inhabited continents arriving at Dubai International Airport will benefit from the convenience of looking for and booking a car rental in advance, so you won’t have to join the long queues at the busy airport. Skyscanner will provide you all the available rent-a-car providers once you have supplied your arrival date, the pick-up/drop-off location, and the duration of your stay in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Where to hire a car at Dubai International Airport
There are 12 major rent-a-car companies that have car rental offices at Dubai International Airport. These are Al Wefaq Rent a Car, Avis, Budget, Diamondlease Car Rental, Dollar Rent a Car, Europcar, Fast Rent a Car, Hertz, National, Payless Car Rental, Sixt Rent a Car, and Thrifty Car Rental. The car rental counters are located in all the three passenger terminals of Dubai International Airport. These providers allow for pre-booking so you are assured that a car is already waiting for you once you arrive in Dubai. Car rentals in Dubai cater mostly to business travelers and short-term visitors, but long-term car rentals are also available.
What to expect when hiring a car from Dubai International Airport
Dubai International Airport is connected to the city proper of Dubai by the road D 89, one of the longest intra-city roads in the United Arab Emirates. D 89 starts from the Deira Corniche and runs perpendicular to D 85. From Deira, the road continues southeastward to the airport, intersecting with E 311 past the airport.
Renting a car from Dubai International Airport not only provides you with the convenience of driving through Dubai on your own time, but also other services such as handling police reports and insurance claims if ever you get into an accident while driving a rental car – that is, if you have all the required legal documents and relevant insurance.
Here are some requirements for renting a car in Dubai: if you are a first-world country passport holder as well as from Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait, then you are allowed to drive a rental car with your own home country’s driver’s license. Otherwise, you are required to have an International Driving Permit. If you have a United Arab Emirates residency visa, then you must also have a local driver’s license. Visitors to the United Arab Emirates are also not allowed to drive a private vehicle; but only rental cars with the proper license and insurance coverage.
Driving around Dubai International Airport
With most major roads in Dubai maintained in excellent condition and with the signs well designed and easy to follow, the city is indeed best experienced on wheels. With car rentals, you don’t need to rely on public transportation. Car rentals allow you to reach areas of the city not covered by public transportation.
When driving within Dubai, take note that vehicles here are left-hand drive. Road signage is in English and Arabic, and the main locations are indicated by green road signs. Blue signs, on the other hand, indicate directions to other emirates. Brown meanwhile is for landmarks, and white is for street names.
Getting to your destination
With car rentals, you have the freedom to explore Dubai as well as other nearby emirates in the country.
The most iconic landmark in Dubai is the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Visit the modern city and marvel at its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, as well as its shopping districts and ancient and modern attractions.
From Dubai International Airport, there are three routes you can take to get to Dubai city proper: via E11, via E11 and Oud Metha Rd/E66, or via Umm Hurair Rd/D78 and Dubai-Ghweifat. Travel takes approximately 11 to 15 minutes, with distance of about 13 kilometers. Take note that the routes have tolls.
A cultural center in the United Arab Emirates, Sharjah boasts of its Islamic tourism industry as well as landmarks such as the Al Hisn Sharjah, Blue Souq, Mahattah Fort, and Sharjah National Park.
From Dubai International Airport, Sharjah is just 20 minutes away, with a distance of 17-30 kilometers, depending on which route you will take. The shortest route is via E11. Take note that E11 is a partial toll road. Another route is via Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Rd.
The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, similar with other major cities in the country, is dominated by architecturally notable skyscrapers. The most popular of which are the Etisalat headquarters and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Tower. Emirates Palace is also noteworthy, with its design reflecting Arab heritage.
At 150-160 kilometers from Dubai International Airport, it will take approximately one hour and 29-30 minutes to get to Abu Dhabi. Two routes can be taken to get to Abu Dhabi from the airport: via Dubai-Ghweifat International Highway/E11 or via E 311 and E11.