The best way to travel in Dubai is by road, whether bus, car or taxi. I have never used the first, and only rarely the last but had no problem. Usually my daughter or her husband drives me.
For those with a car 50 dhs will give you half a tank of fuel or more depending on the type of vehicle.
The roads are getting more congested, and a new toll system was introduced on 1 July 2007.Buy a card at a petrol station and whenever you pass a toll sign , your card will automatically have the toll deducted. However, many drivers prefered to use the non-Salik roads which meant roads became even more congested than before.
Driving in Dubai is a nightmare as everyone drives very fast. My daughter said that if you drive at a moderate speed when taking your test, you will be failed. Heavy vehicles are not allowed in the fast lane, but other drivers weave in and out, and frequently fail to signal; so, driving is hazardous.
New roads and flyovers are frequently appearing , which can add to the confusion.And, summer 2007, road works sprung up almost overnight, adding miles to a trip.
Are you breathing? Do you hold a Drivers Licence issued by ANY government on the face of the Earth? Congratulations! You can rent a car in Dubai! They glanced at mine from a distance. When you see how many locals drive (large, expensive) cars, you will understand why they are just not that picky about your Licence. Rent form local companies – not the big international names! I saved 50% and had a great car with Air-conditioning. You must have A/C. It’s the law – of nature.
Have a great time and be careful out there!
The traffic is horrendous in Dubai at rush hour, bumper to bumper, there is no escape (except by motor-bike) or any short cut routes to take... the road system has not grown and can't cope with the rapid growth. It can take a couple of hours to go from one side of the City to the other.... eeek!
The best and perhaps the only way to get around Dubai is by car (taxi or rental). Unfortunately, Dubai's greatest problem is the heavy traffic. The city relies almost entirely on a single wide motorway (six lanes each way) that connects one end with the other. The traffic generally heads west in the morning and back east in the evening and would last from 4pm until 9pm (or later at times). Make sure you allow plenty of travel time.
Well Guys to make it easy for you, I leave you the name and contact detail of some car rental companies in Dubai. All you have to do is to call them and find out about the deals that they offer:
Rent-A-Car companies in Dubai
Name PO Box
(+ 9714) Fax
Abdulla Al Zaabi Rent A Car 4894 2719461 2719904
Access Rent A Car 50378 2289922 2288440
American Rent A Car 7974 344888 3367765
Avis Rent-A-Car 6891 2957121 2956807
Aviation Rent-A-Car 56130 2672212 2673393
Awan Car Rentals 4816 2235588 2225123
Budget Rent-A-Car 8323 2823030 2823574
Delta Rent A Car 4499 2660696 2694731
East Cost Rent A Car 24632 3964666 3965520
Eurodollar Rent A Car 10990 2666923 2695525
Europcar - Dubai Rent A Car 2533 3394433 3394403
Express Rent A Car 50004 3711002 3722439
Fast Rent A Car 32011 3328988 3328742
Formula Rent A Car 14834 2289090 2289928
Hertz Rent A Car 7976 2824422 2824844
Honest Hand Rent A Car 55836 2717199
Ibis Rent A Car 20120 2270864 2232167
Inter Emirates Rent A Car 21629 2729002 2729146
Inter Rent A Car 10990 2662233 2695525
Jumeira Rent A Car 2538 3373000 3365371
Kamali Rent A Car 55275 2625452 2696088
Limousine Rent A Car 1901 2664040 2626640
London Rent A Car 55253 2715696 2715544
Metro Rent A Car 220 2222979 2271605
New Car Rent A Car 280 3331649 3339294
Oscar Rent A Car 32050 2685005 2727060
Ramsis Rent A Car (LLC) 4596 2952336 2954233
Real Rent A Car 7541 2666344 2666367
Turbo Rent A Car 7877 2210333 2235290
United Car Rentals 8138 2666286 2692001
Widyan Rent A Car 26336 2716676 2716768
Getting a car on rent is no problem in Dubai.Many of world's leading car rental companies such as Hertz, Avis and Budget etc. have their presence in Dubai. But thier rentals are expensive for sure. So there are other companies which are not very well known but they have reasonable rental tariffs.
Chauffeur drive cars in Dubai are expensive. But you can get a car for self drive at reasonable rental. Rental tariffs vary from company to company. I visited different rent-a-car companies in Dubai and found that the rental tariff offered by Acquire rent-a-car is very reasonable.
They just charge AED 110 ( US $ 28) for latest model Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and many others with free mileage and insurance. They have different sizes of cars available in various categories at very reasonable rates. Staff at my hotel also suggested me to hire services of Acquire but I perefed to use buses because of my tight budget.
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