DUBAI CAR RENTAL AND COSTS
Car rental companies are anywhere in Dubai City. The average cost for the economy car is from AED90.00-120.00 (USD25-35) for 24 hours. Monthly car rental is more cheaper AED70 (USD20.00) for 24 hours. Most car rental companies give 200 kms. free mileage a day. An additional fee will be charged if exceeded to the given mileage.International Driver's License and original passport is required. For UAE driver's license, the license should reach its one year maturity first before you're allowed to rent a car as car insurance will not cover for any accident liabilities or damages. Some car rental allows drivers to rent but any damages during the accident will be paid by the driver.
There are toll gates or salik in Dubai which costs AED5.00. Car rental agency will charge separate once you return your car. Salik gates: Sheikh Zayed Road - Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road - Dubai Mall, Maktoum Bridge and Garhoud Bridge. You may avoid salik gates by taking Jumeirah Road and floating bridge if crossing the creek. Please note that floating bridge is open from 6AM to 10PM. Maktoum Bridge Salik gate is free from 1001PM to 0559AM or once the floating bridge is close.
Parking is quite difficult in some areas of Dubai like in Deira, Satwa, Bur Dubai and Karama especially in residential areas. Public parking fee costs AED2 per hour, AED5 for 3 hours and AED10 for 24 hours. Parking fee is free from 1-4PM.
Please note that there are two types of public parking, parking B code which fee mentioned above and parking A codes normally parking at the main road which costs AED2/hour and no option for 3 and 24 hours fee. Parking is free during Fridays.
Driving in Dubai is quite challenging as road development is still going on and some roads were rerouted. There is a zero tolerance for alcohol. Anyone caught with the influence with alcohol will be jailed and deported.
Radars are anywhere in Dubai roads so be sure you follow the required speed depending on areas. Maximum speed at Sheikh Zayed Road and Emirates road is up to 120kms/hour, Jumeirah Road is up to 80kms/hour and 40 kms/hour in residential areas.
Here's the list of car rental companies with booths at the airport arrivals:
Car Hire (00971-4- for IDD)