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    Car hire in United Arab Emirates - explore more

    A country marked by its ancient natural beauty and modern-day conveniences, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) offers a rich and diverse landscape for you to explore by rental car. A car hire in the United Arab Emirates affords you the opportunity to travel this region in your own time to your own specific itinerary. When you book your car rental in the UAE from Auto Europe, you are assured the lowest prices and the best customer service in the business, as well as the widest selection of vehicles you could desire for your holiday adventure. For your convenience, you may pick up your vehicle at several airport locations. Contact one of our award-winning service representatives at +44 123 3225 114 to book your UAE car rental today, or, if you prefer, book online using our easy 3-step process. Here at Auto Europe, there is nothing more important to us than you - our customer. Take a look at the comments posted by other Auto Europe customers on our United Arab Emirates car hire reviews page for extra peace of mind before booking.

    Make the most of your car rental

    There is much to see and do in the UAE, and a car hire from Auto Europe allows you the freedom to explore a country that is as rich in its history as it is in its contradictions. From ancient, bustling marketplaces to space-aged, high-tech skylines and shopping malls, Dubai, the UAE business epicenter offers visitors an opportunity to experience old-world enchantment in a setting that offers the most modern amenities. There you may browse the Gold Souk, a world-famous marketplace filled with quality gold, platinum, and diamond vendors who peddle their wares at a price that will suit your budget. Or you may pay a visit to the world's tallest building and contemporary crown gem: the Burj Khalifa. If you are looking for an alternative to the frenetic pace of Dubai, drive your car hire just 90 minutes and arrive in majestic Abu Dhabi. Considered to be the richest city in the world, Abu Dhabi is an exotically beautiful oasis, offering a refined personality and more leisurely pace to visitors who wish to explore its many treasures. In addition to these notable metropolitan areas, the UAE is famous for its spectacularly dramatic and expansive desert as well as miles of majestic and untouched coastline. Wherever you choose to travel in the UAE, you will note that the highways in and around the major cities are modern, well-maintained with signs that are easy to follow, making road travel much easier for foreign visitors. With so much to experience, a car rental from Auto Europe assures your holiday in the UAE will be a trip of a lifetime.

    Road Rules and Petrol Stations

    Please be aware of these important rules when driving your car hire in the UAE:

    • When in the UAE, you must drive on the right hand side of the road.
    • All passengers must wear seat belts in UAE.
    • Mobile phones must not be used when driving. The only exception is a hands-free set.
    • Always have your driver's licence and rental documents on you.
    • Take great care when driving as the car accident rate is high, and drivers drive rather aggressively.
    • Driving under the influence of alcohol is considered a criminal offense
    • If involved in an accident, expect both you and the passengers to be tested for alcohol.
    • Mind the body language when driving! Offensive gestures and bad language directed at other drivers is forbidden and can result in heavy fines or even jail.
    • You may be stopped by police officers not wearing a uniform in unmarked cars.

    Petrol Stations

    Petrol stations are widely available and open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, although in major cities and highways, you may find stations open 24 hours a day. Petrol prices are reasonable compared to Western standards.


    The only toll roads in the UAE are in Dubai, which were formed to reduce traffic congestion in populated areas (not to raise revenue for roads). If you are going to be driving in this area, the toll system is simple and, instead of cash, uses pre-paid cards (Salik Tags) that you may purchase from kiosks located throughout the city.

    Age Requirements

    To drive in the UAE, you must have a valid driver's licence in your country of residence. Normally you must be at least 25 years of age to hire a car in the UAE, although exceptions may be made for 21-year-old drivers who agree to purchase additional insurance.


    The local currency of the UAE is the dirham (AED), with note denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1,000. The dirham coin comes in subunits of 25 of 50 fils coins (100 fils = 1 dirham). As you would expect, you will find cash exchange offices in the airports as well as shopping malls. While major credit cards are widely accepted, beware of steep conversion rates charged by some merchants.

    Time Difference

    The UAE is four hours ahead of the UK, with the exception of daylight savings time months. The UAE does not recognize British Summer Time, so from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October, the UAE will be 3 hours ahead of UK time.


    While Arabic is the official language of the UAE, English, Hindi, Urdu and Persian are also spoken. Below are a few Arabic phrases you may find helpful when travelling.

    Thank you - shukran
    Thank you very much - shukran jaziilan
    You're welcome - 'ahlan wa sahlan
    Please - rajaa'n
    Yes - 'ajal./naxam
    No. - kalla./laa
    Excuse me- xafvan
    Pardon me- xafvan./xuzran
    I'm sorry- 'anaa 'aasif
    I don't understand - la 'afham
    I don't speak Arabic- 'anaa la 'atakallam al-xarabiyya
    I don't speak Arabic very well -'anaa laa 'atakallam al - xarabiyya jayyidan
    Do you speak English?- hal tatakallam 'inglizi?
    Speak slowly, please-rajaa'an takallam bi bit'
    Repeat, please- 'axid, min faDlak
    What's your name?- ma 'ismuk?
    How are you?- kayfa Haaluka? (m.) (kayfa Haaluki? (f.))


    Electricity in United Arab Emirates operates on 220 volts, 50 Hz. If your devices and appliances do not accept this system, you may purchase a square three-pin plug converter for your travels.

    Visa and Embassy Information

    British citizens are issued a 30-day visa upon their arrival to the UAE, which may be extended for an additional 30 days if necessary by visiting an immigration office and paying a fee. In addition, your passport will need to be valid at least six months after your initial entry into the UAE.

    British Embassy Abu Dhabi
    Khalid bin Al Waleed St (Street 22)
    PO Box 248
    United Arab Emirates
    Telephone:+971 2 610 1100

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