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Rising from the Arabian Desert like a futuristic oasis, Dubai is famous for its dazzling skyscrapers and white-sand beaches. Venture out of the city and you'll find desert plains and the neighbouring emirates of Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. With a hire car, you can explore Dubai all at your own pace in 2023.

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What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in Dubai?

In Dubai, the minimum age for hiring certain categories of car is 21. Drivers in the 21–24 age group are classed as ‘young drivers’ and are restricted from driving certain cars. Expect a surcharge too. Drivers aged 25 and over, meanwhile, generally have no restrictions or age-related fees.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Dubai?

To hire a car in Dubai you will need a full and valid driving licence, which you need to have held for at least a year. You will also need your passport and a current credit card in your name. An International Driving Permit is required for the United Arab Emirates, so remember to get one in advance.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Dubai?

No. When you hire a car in Dubai, the cost of your rental includes a basic level of cover to ensure that you can legally be on the roads. What this doesn’t do is provide you with a comprehensive level of cover, meaning you’re liable to pay a hefty excess if you have to claim. Car hire excess insurance protects you against that. Walk-up rates tend to be the priciest option. Securing a policy in advance from a standalone provider the cheapest.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in Dubai?

For the most part, car hire companies in Dubai do not accept debit cards. Credit cards from major providers like Visa and MasterCard are required for both payment and deposit. Policies vary from one hire company to the next, so contact yours for more specific details.

Which rental companies are available at Dubai International Airport?

The following car hire companies can be found at Dubai International Airport: Budget, Diamond Lease, Dollar, Europcar, Fast Rent a Car, Hertz, Payless and Sixt.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in Dubai?

It really depends when you book – peak season, off-peak season, in advance, on the day and so on. Generally, as airport surcharges are added to the cost of your rental, it’s cheaper to hire a car off site.

Can you rent a car in Dubai and drop it off in another city?

Yes, you can pick up a hire car in Dubai and drop it off in another location. The easiest way of finding out if your drop-off destination is covered is to use an online search tool. Expect a one-way rental fee.

Can you rent a car the same day in Dubai?

Yes, same-day rentals are available in Dubai, which is handy if you need some flexibility. However, if you’re after a really good deal in Dubai, it’s best to book in advance, especially if you know what dates you’ll need the hire car for.

Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Dubai?

Yes, if you’re 21 years of age, you can hire a car in Dubai, as many rental companies have measures in place to accommodate young drivers (generally those between the ages of 21 and 24). You will be subject to a ‘young driver surcharge’, which is usual practice for car hire firms.

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