If you happen to be in Dubai on your business trip or a holiday, you are going to need a convenient way to travel. For those who find public transport a hassle, rental car service is the best way to get around in Dubai. However, it is important to mention here that rental service is not as painless as it may seem. It does include complex rental agreements and hidden charges that may augment your budget. To make sure that you don’t end up biting more than you can chew, we have gathered a list of things that you should consider before renting a car in Dubai. If you follow the road rules and understand the conditions set forth by the rental company, then you are good to go. Here are the prominent rules you need to know:
- Seat belts are compulsory and there is a strict no-cell-phone-on-the-road policy.
- Follow the road signs to understand speed limits on the roads, and drive on the right side of the road.
- If you are traveling with children under thirteen, make sure they don’t travel on the passenger seat.
- If you are traveling from a first world country or one of the GCC countries (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman), you can drive a rental car with your country’s driving license. Otherwise, you are going to have to sign up for your international driving permit before you rent a car in Dubai. The IDP is an international permit that allows you to drive freely in UAE during the period of your stay. It contains all the necessary information, including your recent picture, vital statistics, and driver’s license information.
- If you are traveling with a visit visa, unfortunately, you are not allowed to drive a private motor vehicle. Rental cars are your only option for travel purposes in this scenario. For renting a car, you need to have a proper insurance coverage and license. Visitors from UAE driving license exchange countries can apply for a temporary license that allows visitors to drive privately owned vehicle for a 6 month period. For a small processing fee, you can set up your temporary license and ride in your own vehicle. However, there are certain restrictions for if you want to drive to another emirate.
- If you obtain your residence visa, you can no longer use your international driver’s license. UAE driving license is a must for people with permanent residency.
- Before renting your car, make sure that you understand the rental company policies, and terms and conditions. It is possible that you may get stuck with hidden costs or extra charges that were hidden somewhere in the rental agreement.