Dubai's meteoric rise from oasis to the international city make it a popular tourism destination. In this article, we'll walk you through renting a car from the Dubai International Airport and give you a few ideas about what to expect and what to do with your car once you've successfully rented it.
Finding The Car Rental Center At Dubai International Airport
Dubai's International Airport is the world's busiest, so there are many different ways of getting to the massive car rental center. The best way is to follow the signs which indicate the direction of the car rental center via the people movers. If you're coming in from outside, there are a few signs on the road circuit near the drop-off and pick up points which should guide you in the right direction.
If you're still lost, head out to the traffic loop where drivers can pick up or drop off people and cross the street--the car rental center should be right in front of you, in between the hotels.
What Will The Selection Look Like?
Because of how massive the volume of people moving through Dubai's airport is, you can rent practically any kind of car under the sun. SUVs, luxury cars, compact cars, smart cars, off road cars, vans, trucks, you name it, they've got it ready to rent.
As far as the rental companies go, most of the major international rental agencies have a presence in Dubai, including but not limited to: Avis, Alamo, Dollar, Keddy, Thrifty, Sixt, Europcar, Budget, Hertz, Aplus, Autorent, Al Wefaq, Cargents, Comfort & Ideal RAC, and others.
What Are The Conditions For Driving Around Dubai?
Dubai itself has many 8 and 10 lane highways which tend to keep congestion to a bare minimum. Unfortunately, the drivers around Dubai may be difficult to deal with regardless. Drive carefully and defensively, as the local Emirati police are quick to hand out fines on the off chance that they catch drivers breaking motor laws.
You'll be exiting the airport via Route 89, which leads out of the city if you follow it. You'll want to make a turn onto Marrakech Street if your goal is to head into downtown Dubai.
In general, the traffic in the area around the airport is much worse than elsewhere in Dubai, especially coming from the north and exiting to the south or west. Expect the traffic to thin out once you're on the E11 highway or other major roads.
What Should I Do In Dubai?
Dubai boasts a limitless number of activities. Because of how hot Dubai is year round, you should probably limit your outdoor activities to those along the water, including windsurfing, snorkeling, sailing, and motor boating.
If you're willing to be hot for a while, the Dubai Zoo is a great spot with a killer view of the water. Likewise, you should check out the Palm Jumeirah, which is a palm-shaped peninsula near the major hotels in the downtown area. It's also worth poking your head into the World islands, which is a series of artificial islands approximating the countries of the world.
If that's not enough, check out the Montgomerie Golf Club on Emirates Hills for an outrageous green with beautiful city views