Renting a Car as a Tourist in Dubai Guide
Renting a Car for Tourism
Renting a car for tourist purposes is not complicated, especially if you know what you are doing. You first need to find reputable companies that will deliver your vehicle safely and promptly.
Find Out if your Driving License Supports the Car you want to Rent
The first thing you need to do is find out if there are any restrictions on which types of cars are allowed to be driven in Dubai on your license. If so, it will be necessary for you to get an international driving license before renting any vehicle from an agency in Dubai as per the car you want to drive. You may also want to check with the tour operator about what kind of insurance coverage they provide for their customers traveling outside their home country.
Contact and Reserve your Car
The next step is to contact your chosen company and reserve your vehicle from the offers. This will involve paying a deposit and paying an extra charge for insurance coverage. The final stage consists in picking up your car at the agreed location and paying any additional fees or taxes due on delivery of the vehicle.
Things to Consider Before Booking the Car
Here are some things to consider before making your booking:
- Car insurance is mandatory for all drivers and is required by law. To avoid getting fined for driving without it, make sure you have it with you at all times when driving in Dubai.
- It’s important to remember that you need to have an International Driving Permit (IDP) if you plan on traveling outside of the UAE. You can get one from your local embassy or consulate in Dubai or from any other country with which the UAE has a mutual recognition agreement (MRA). If you don’t have one, it’s also possible to get an IDP online through the Department of Immigration and Emigration (DIM), but this will cost around AED60 ($15).
- Make sure to double-check and read the rental agreement before signing it if you don’t want to get in trouble in the future. The agreement will state the insurance fee, excess claim, CDW and other rental charges as per the law and policy.