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What To Know When Renting A Car In The UAE

You know that saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”? Well, in the UAE, you do what you do or what any other tourist does. The UAE plays host to tourists, businessmen, and workers from countries across the seven continents. Being extremely diverse and open to allowing foreigners to experience the rich culture and traditions of the Middle East, especially everything Emirati, The Emirates provides tourists and visitors with a whole lot of activities, services and events to make every tourist’s experience special.
When visiting the UAE, conveyance at your own hand is convenience at its best. A large proportion of tourists and visitors find it easy to go around and prefer to rent a car (or cars) during their visit. Renting a car in the UAE is a good idea, primarily because of the range of cars to choose from and the competitive prices, making them extremely affordable. With the right requirements and at the right price, you can rent any car you desire whether economy or luxury. However, car rentals are not constrained to tourists alone, many residents of the country, too, find it highly economical to rent a car in the Emirates for varying durations.

What to know when renting a car in the UAE

There are a whole lot of rental companies in the UAE, with an exclusive range of cars, each with offers and features that make their services special. Though renting a car in the Emirates is fairly an easy procedure, there are a few things you need to know prior to or when choosing the right car rental services. Here are a few need-to-knows when it comes to car rentals in the UAE:

Border Restrictions

If you plan on crossing borders, driving to another Emirate or even taking a road into Oman, you need to find out if your rental service provider allows border crossing or the use of rental cars in other emirates. In addition, added insurance coverage and an extra payment of a fee may be required for permission to enter Oman. Some rental companies in the UAE have mileage restrictions, and some do not; this is must-know when signing an agreement, to get the best out of renting a car.

Security Deposit, fines and fees

Paying a security deposit is a standard step in any rental agreement, which is reimbursed after the vehicle is returned to the rental company. This deposit is generally required to be paid either by cash or card and is wired after a specified period after the end of the rental period. The rate or amount of deposit that rental companies take vary with the company and the type/cost of the car. Moreover, finding out about the additional fees like toll payments and fines can help you form some kind of overall expense estimate.

Insurance policies

Rental Insurance is either provided by providers affiliated with your card, by the rental companies or by private insurance providers. Getting a clear view of each provider’s policies and their benefits, coverage, and rates can help you choose the best policy. Finding out the different policies, excess charges and so on from different insurance providers is a must.

Condition of the Vehicle

Since you’re the one renting the car, you NEED to carry out a thorough inspection of the vehicle for two main reasons. Firstly, to get a good feel of the car and to choose one that meets both comfort and function. And Secondly, to assess damages prior to taking possession to avoid accidental additional damage charges.


Last but not least, accessories and add-ons. When driving a rental car in an unknown land, a GPS Navigation system is a must-have. However, to save on spending too much, you can use the GPS or Maps app on your smartphone. Some other add-ons include a chauffeur, child seats, additional drivers, and much more. Usually, each add-on costs an additional amount, but some rental companies offer package deals, with “packages” of rentals and add-ons that work up to much less.
The more you known, the better; getting as much information about an agreement ALWAYS helps you make a better decision, and choose the best plan that fits your budget and requirements.


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