A convenient way, if not the best, of getting around
and exploring UAE is by driving which means renting a car and this is a
norm for foreigners (pleasure seekers and business people). A car
rental is a sure way to navigate the country because with it you get to
take long distance trips across cities, for longer hours, days and even
months. You get to be in your own ride feeling safe and without the
worry of public transportation.
people think that the process of using a car rental is tedious. Yes, if
not properly guided which makes some people skeptical about the idea.
Because of the competitive car rental market, to rent a car in UAE is
considered cheap, affordable and very easy.
are certain things to know, processes to follow, that particular
requirement needed in the country which without getting acquainted with
these, one would find it hard to rent a car or even enjoy the period of
rent. Below is a brief list of such.
- Driver's license: Any driver's
license cannot be used in UAE. There are certain country's driver's licenses that are accepted in
the country where one's passport was issued like if you are from the
US, Australia or an European country, you don’t need an International
Driving License as you’ll be able to drive with your own license as
long as you hold a tourist visa. But, to be on the safe side it is
advised to own an International Driving Permit issued in/by one's
native country before you are able to rent a car in UAE. Cars here are
driven on the right side of the road and one needs a Salik card to pay
- Deposits: In UAE, there are certain
security deposits expected of car rental agencies to collect from
customers. These security deposits are for any probable driving
violations committed during one's stay in the country, in cases of
damage, fines or even failure to return a car. If there is none at the
end of your rent, then such deposits will be refunded before you leave.
- Age: The minimum driving age is
18 years old in the country. But before renting a car in the country
you must be at least 21 years old and 25 years for high-end vehicles.
And such an individual must have at least one year of experience. Or
better still, you rent a driver.
Steps to renting a car in UAE
To rent a car in the UAE, one must
consider the following steps in order to have the best of deals and not
be ripped off.
- Search for best deals: If it is your
first time in the country or your first time trying out a car rental,
it is necessary to check out aggregator sites like Kayak. It can be
very stressful not having a clue of what to search for or how to go
about. These sites help give you that direction you need as various car
rentals like Thrifty Rent a car and others will be duly reviewed and the best deals
are easily available.
- Visit Individual car rental websites:
Although aggregator sites
show best deals and reviews of various car rentals, it is necessary to
visit the website of your desired car rental company. Certain freebies
are also present on the company's homepage which are not there on
search engines. It is also at their unique websites that you get to
make your choice based on your specifications. This could also be done
via phone call for booking.
- Discount: Booking online often goes
with some discounts that is to say certain discounts will be given when
one pays immediately he books for a car than making payments during
most big car rentals do not always offer the best affordable deals so
it is always advisable to opt for discounted brands and car rates.
- Car class: The economy car class is often the cheapest and most
likely the most preferred choice. Except, you are vying for something
classy, luxurious or fast, Rent a car
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- Time: It is good to compare daily,
weekly and monthly rates of each car rental. It is always cheaper to
rent a car for longer days than when you do for just a day. Weekly
plans are considerably cheaper than daily rates that have to say it's
cheaper to pay for 4-5 days of rent than pay for a car daily when you
probably need it for just 2-3 days. But then again, be careful that
there is no clause
for early return.
is important to know that you have to be there on time to pick up your
vehicle as lateness is not often tolerated. It's always best to be the
one waiting for them and not the other way round.
- Pick-up location: Never pick-up your
car rental at the airport. Car rental companies always find a way of
putting additional cost to the usual rate if the car is to be delivered
at the airport. There is always this hype, audience and attention at
the airport so car rentals capitalize on this and put an extra cost to their
rentals. It is always a lot cheaper and easier to place your order and
pick-up location away from the airport.
- Gas price and Insurance: Always
compare between local gas prices and prepaid gas prices of the car
rentals before booking a ride. Also, one's personal insurance may have
you covered rather than opt in for the ones provided by the rental car
be on the lookout for extra cost, because some car rentals have a funny
way of making extra money by selling to you some extras like GPS
navigation, Satellite phones, etc. All this can be substituted with
just your Smartphone navigation application.
the above, you now know how to rent a car in the UAE. Not just a car
but the best affordable deals with just your Smartphone and a payment
card. Always plan in advance and Rent a car
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