Car Hire from Sharjah Airport
Sharjah Airport is located in the Sharjah Emirate. The Emirate enjoys a position on both the eastern and western coasts of the UAE and offers a variety of city and nature attractions. Hiring a car from the airport is a great way to get around, particularly as public transport across the country is poor. Exploring at your own pace and dictating your own itinerary, you’ll be able to discover more of this incredible region.
Where to hire a car at Sharjah Airport
A number of car hire companies operate at Sharjah Airport. Passengers can choose from Avis, Budget, Dollar, Fast UAE, Hertz, Europcar, Maximum Rent A Car and Sixt. The offices are open 24 hours a day and can be found inside the airport terminal building.
Petrol Stations near Sharjah Airport
The closest petrol station is an ADNOC Service Station located 8 minutes’ drive from the airport terminal. It’s on Al Dhaid Road, heading west from the airport, and it’s accessible from both sides of the carriageway.
Driving around Sharjah Airport
Sharjah Airport sits on Al Dhaid Road, a major thoroughfare travelling west towards Dubai and east to Al Dhaid. From Dubai it’s easy to pick up the E11, which heads south to Abu Dhabi, the E66, which heads southeast to Al Faqa, and the E44, which heads southeast to Nazwa.
You can drive in the UAE using just your standard UK driving license. Cars drive on the right hand side of the road. Roads are usually in good condition but driving standards vary with speeding a common problem. It’s worth noting that the drink driving limit in the UAE is zero, there are serious fines for demonstrations of road rage and, if another driver flashes their lights at you, it means they’re coming through rather than leaving the way clear for you. If you’re planning on driving in the desert, make sure you have a 4WD and plenty of water.
Getting to your destination
Hiring a car from Sharjah Airport means there are lots of incredible destinations within easy reach. Here are a few of them:
Sharjah is the third largest city in the UAE. It’s a bustling metropolis overlooking the Persian Gulf. There are some great museums where you can explore the archaeology, science, art and culture of the area, a number of elegant mosques and a couple of huge souks. Visitors can also escape the hustle of the city at a selection of parks and recreational areas.
Sharjah Airport sits in the heart of Sharjah town. Traffic can be busy at rush hours and you’ll have to rely on your own car as public transport systems are pretty non-existent. Take care on highways and be aware that drivers tend to drive very fast in the fast lane.
Umm Al Quwain
Umm Al Quwain sits on the UAE’s western coast. There are lots of attractions for visitors including an aquapark, an aquarium, camel racing and a town museum. The old town is home to an old fort and atmospheric, winding streets, and the waterfront provides some great water sport opportunities.
It takes around 30 minutes to drive from Sharjah Airport to Umm Al Quwain, taking the Al Dhaid Road east and then heading north on Emirates Road. The town is situated on a peninsula making it relatively easy to navigate. Streets in the old town, however, are narrow and winding so it’s best to park up on the outskirts.
Al Rams is a coastal town which used to be populated by fisherman and pearl divers. It has a small picturesque harbour, some pretty beaches and great birdwatching opportunities.
Al Rams is around an hour’s drive from Sharjah Airport depending on the traffic. Drivers should take the Al Dhaid Road east before taking the Emirates Road north. The town is laid out over a rough grid system so it’s easy to find your way around.