Hiring a car in Dubai International Airport
You can find car hire desks in all three terminals of Dubai International Airport. Because DXB is such a large global hub, you’ll find their services are very comprehensive. There are 12 different car rental companies to choose from. These include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National, Sixt and Thrifty.
You’ll find a huge range of vehicles available at DXB, from compact minis, to luxury SUVs which will cater to all your needs while driving around the city. Most cars in Dubai will come with an automatic transmission, though you can opt for manual as well.
Leaving Dubai International Airport.
Dubai International Airport is only 14km from the city centre, and if traffic is light, the journey should only take 20 minutes.
The most straightforward route into the city is to get on the E11 from the Airport Road, and continue on that road until you see Exit 51A, take it and merge onto Al Safa Street, to D71. Please note, that the E11 is a partial toll road.
If you are dropping your car back off at the airport, you can find an Emarat Petrol Station just off the E11 on Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street, so you can fill up your tank before returning your car. If you’re coming from the north of the city, there is an Eppco Petrol Station on D93.
Driving in Dubai
Driving in Dubai can be intimidating because the traffic movies very quickly and there is a lot of it. However, the roads are excellent, and the speeding regulations have improved, so as long as you feel confident driving, you should have no problems. The traffic travels on the right, so keep that in mind if you are wanting a manual transmission and are used to shifting gears with your left hand.
The information changes a lot in Dubai, as sometimes it is listed that you do need an International Driving Permit (IDP), and sometimes it says you don’t. This rule also seems to change depending on which emirate you are in. Best practice is to ensure you have one anyway, and carry your IDP along with your domestic license with you when you are driving in Dubai.
What can you see and do in Dubai?
Tour this impressive and cosmopolitan city by starting at its landmark building: Burj Khalifa. Officially the tallest building in the world, visitors can stand on the observation deck to get a stomach fluttering, but brilliant view of Dubai. Then move from contemporary side of Dubai and delve into its past by visiting the Al-Fahidi Fort, a 17th century building that now houses the Dubai Museum where you can learn about the evolution of this oasis city.
Hop in the car and take a drive down to the Bastakia Quarter, also known as Old Dubai, and wander along these atmospheric streets where merchants used to sell their wares in jewellery and textiles. Or drive to the Dubai Creek that separates Dubai proper and Deira, where you can see colourful dhow boats moored to the wharf, still used by traders in the region. Then indulge in a little retail therapy, by exploring Deira’s traditional markets, including the famous Gold Souq, one of the largest gold bazaars in the world.
Lastly, a trip to Dubai wouldn’t be complete without cruising along Jumeirah Beach Road, and enjoying the year round sunshine that Dubai offers all its visitors. Relax on the sands for the day and work on your tan, or hop on a jet ski for some adventure in the water.
Please note all information is current as of October 2015.