When you book a car hire in Dubai with Auto Europe, you afford yourself the flexibility to explore this exotic desert city at a pace that suits your personal itinerary. Take your time exploring the dazzling Gold Souk, a world-famous shopping district lined with narrow streets filled with quality gold, platinum, and diamonds vendors, who are willing to haggle their prices. Of course, no trip to Dubai would be complete without a visit to the world's tallest building and contemporary crown gem: the Burj Khalifa. If you are looking for an authentic desert experience drive your car rental to the desert area where you can book an expedition into the wilderness, or plan to head to Jumeirah Beach for a little surf and sun. If you'd like to explore beyond the borders of Dubai, drive your car hire an hour south to what is now known as "the richest city in the world": Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi, an exotically beautiful city, has taken an intentionally refined and deliberate approach to its growth and expansion giving it a more tranquil vibe than its neighbour Dubai.
As a UK driver, you will find that most of the main roads in the UAE meet European standards with well-maintained and thoroughly-lit multilane carriageways and traffic signs that are easy to understand. Be aware, however, that motorists in the UAE (particularly in the urban areas) drive fast and aggressively. In addition, this area of the UAE is experiencing rapid growth, so traffic delays are common particularly urban areas due to ongoing road work. Please note the following road rules when driving your car hire in Dubai:
Locating a parking spot can seem challenging in Dubai, but a few tips will ease the task. You may park on side streets for an hourly fee. Once you park your car, locate the nearest orange parking sign, which indicates the parking zone. Fees must be paid in dirham coins or by phone. Do not park in areas where the curb is painted black and yellow.Our UAE driving information guide is an excellent source of information for international drivers in UAE.
Situated on the Persian Gulf coast of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai sits between Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Oman and lies within the white and sandy Arabian Desert. To the East, the salty coastal plains (sabkha) give way to a north-south running line of expansive and picturesque sand dunes. Farther east, the dunes grow larger and are shaded red by the iron oxide in the sand. The Hajar Mountains lie to the West of Dubai. Although there are no rivers or oases, Dubai Creek runs 9.5 miles through the city, and has been dredged to allow for large boats to pass through for trade purposes. Dubai has a population of roughly 2.1 million.
Classified as a hot, desert climate, summers in Dubai are scorching, with an average high of almost 42 °C and lows of around 30 °C. Winter, however, is temperate and mild with an average winter high roughly around 24 °C and lows of 14 °C during the coldest months. Dubai is sun-drenched year-round seeing no more than 101mm of rain annually.
Dubai Airport (DXB)
Address: Al Twar - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Phone:+971 4 224 5555
Website: Dubai Airport
Located just 2.5 miles from the Dubai city centre, the Dubai airport is the second busiest airport in the world in terms of international passengers. Hosting more than than 125 airlines that travel to more than 260 destinations, DBX serves almost 50 million passengers each year.
One of the oldest forms of transportation in the area, the Abra is a small ferry that carries roughly 20 passengers, transporting them from one side of the creek to the opposite side for a minimal fee.
The Dubai Ferry is less of a transportation system, than it is a tourist expedition designed to show you the highlights of this vibrant city from the sea. The ferries run four times a day and each trip takes roughly an hour.
With over 75 routes within the city, Dubai boasts an extensive network of public bus transportation. The city's buses are comfortable, air-conditioned (as are some of the waiting terminals) and safe - the front of the bus is reserved for women and families.
Like any other major city, there are plenty of taxis buzzing around the streets that can deliver you wherever you need to go. Taxis are metered and fares are reasonably priced by European standards.
The Dubai metro is a modern, driverless railway system consisting of the Red line and the Green line. The metro runs both above and below ground and the hours of operation are from 5:50 am to 11:00 pm on weekdays and later on weekends (Thursday-Saturday). The metro is closed on Friday mornings, but starts operation at around 1:30 pm.