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Explore the Sites of Dubai by Hire Car

Blending ultramodern architecture with tropical surroundings, Dubai is a modern city in every sense. Exponential growth has helped to transform Dubai into a luxury destination to which millions now travel each year. Whether you’re here to take in the 180-story Burj Khalifa or visit Ski Dubai for its year-round snowboarding and skiing areas, book a hire car for your Dubai trip to discover all the city has to offer its visitors.

Selecting a hire car from Dubai International Airport gives you the freedom to plan your own journey throughout the city. The city centre is just a 12-minute drive from the airport, with sites such as Burj Khalifa in close driving distance. Beyond the city centre, you can hire a car to drive north from Dubai to Sharjah, where you’ll find the Arabian Wildlife Center on Al Dhaid Road.

Book through to save on your Dubai hire car costs. We offer access to comparisons between the leading vehicle hire companies and help to keep you in control of your hiring choices.

Book Your Dubai Hire Car Early for Your Vehicle of Choice

Take the time to book your vehicle several months in advance of your trip to enjoy access to the best car hire vehicles in Dubai. If you’re hoping to join the elite in the city and drive your very own luxury vehicle, you can contact one of the hire companies directly to review their stock and select the latest models. Companies such as Budget, Hertz and Prox Car Hire offer a number of vehicle options for proactive travellers.

But don’t worry if you’re booking with just a few weeks’ notice – we can help you choose the right vehicle for all trip destinations.

Dubai has a great road network, like the rest of the UAE, but try to avoid travelling between Dubai and Sharjah to the north during rush hour. The traffic can be dense, and your trip may be extended by several hours.

Take the following rules and laws into consideration when planning your Dubai car hire:

  • Use the far-left fast lane of the highway sparingly.
  • Dubai, like the rest of the UAE, has a zero-tolerance policy towards drinking and driving and you should have a blood-alcohol level of zero when you drive.
  • The speed limit is 100 KPH (62 MPH) on major highways such as Sheikh Zayed Road.
  • Most shopping centres, including Dubai Mall, have free parking.
  • There are multiple toll routes across Sheikh Zayed Road and one toll road at Airport Tunnel Gate – consider Salik Cards to prepay tolls.

See Dubai Your Way with a Local Car Hire

Hiring a car enables you to make the short 8-mile journey across the city from the Dubai International Airport to the Jumeirah Mosque. The Mosque was built entirely from sandstone and represents the very finest in Middle-Eastern architectural design. Visitors of all faiths are welcome to explore the mosque and its rich heritage.

Outside Dubai, art lovers will discover the Louvre Abu Dhabi, featuring masterpieces from Rembrandt, as well as treasures from Saudi Arabia and much more. Louvre Abu Dhabi is an 83-mile journey south via Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed highway. For your convenience, companies such as Budget and Avis offer locations throughout Dubai to pick up and drop off your hire car. For example, you can book Budget car hires at Dubai International Airport or via the Fairmont Dubai. gives you the chance to personalise your Dubai car hire search with our filter options. Simply compare the various options to ensure the right choice for your upcoming trip.

Find the Answers to Your Dubai Car Hire Questions

Which documents do I require to visit Dubai?

When visiting Dubai, you require a passport, a visitor’s visa, your home country’s driving licence and an international driving permit in order to hire a car.

What is Salik?

Salik is Dubai’s electronic toll system. When you drive on a road using the Salik system, your trip is recorded, and you will be responsible for the toll charges.

Can anyone else drive the hire car other than me?

Only the registered driver can drive the hire car. If you are the registered driver, you will be held fully responsible for any issues with the vehicle during your rental period.

FAQs for car hire in Dubai

What’s the best price car rental in Dubai?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is in Dubai.

What’s the average car rental price in Dubai?

On average, car rentals in Dubai are .

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Dubai?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Dubai?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.