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A top Middle Eastern destination, Dubai is the star-child of the United Arab Emirates, hosting millions of travelers every year, and for very good reason. It’s a magnificent metropolis that offers endless entertainment no matter what you are into. From the world-renowned Burj Khalifa, to the Dubai Creek, the stunning Jumeirah Mosque, and many more eye-opening attractions and sights, you will be enthralled with your time in this world-class city. The one drawback? The heat! But you can avoid it and get from location to location in supreme air-conditioned comfort with a top-class rental car from GoSee.
Navigating through Dubai Airport
Well-known as one of the top 10 busiest airports in the world and located just over 4km from the city centre, Dubai International Airport is packed full of outstanding facilities you may never see anywhere else.
Look forward to zen gardens, a swimming pool, huge sprawling retail space for shopping, and coveted Snoozecubes to enjoy a nap between flights.
Dubai Airport has three passenger terminals. After arriving, clearing customs, and claiming your baggage, you’ll find the car rental kiosks at any of the airport's three arrival halls for their respective terminals.
Dubai Airport Terminal 1
One of the main passenger terminals at Dubai Airport, Terminal 1 serves over 60 international airlines, except for Emirates and Qantas which operate in Dubai Airport Terminal 3. Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Europcar and Hertz can be found at Terminal 1 arrivals.
Dubai Airport Terminal 2
Terminal 2 is the smallest terminal at Dubai Airport and is more domestic-focused, yet it serves over 50 airlines. It features car rental companies such as Avis, Budget, Sixt and Thrifty.
Dubai Airport Terminal 3
Dubai Terminal 3 is not only the largest airport terminal in the world, but it is also one of the largest buildings in the world. There are over 168 rental car spaces available at Dubai Airport Terminal 3 from brands including Alamo, Avis, AutoEurope, Diamondlease, Dollar, Europcar, Firefly, Go, Hertz, Honk, Keddy, Payless, and Sixt.
With your rental car keys in hand, you can make your way to the city centre within 10 minutes.
How and where to pick up your hire car
Because Dubai Airport is so large, you’ll want to try and rent a car from an agency kiosk located in the terminal you land.
You will likely land in either Terminal 1 or 2, as Terminal 3 is for Emirates and Qantas flights.
The good news is with GoSee, you can rent cars from all the agencies located in Dubai Airport Terminal (T1 and T2), including the best rental agencies like Avis, Budget and Thrifty.
Getting from the airport to the city in your Dubai car hire
Just in case you are short on mobile data, here’s a full guide for getting to the city centre from Dubai International Airport:
- Exit the airport onto Casablanca St/D70 toward Al Garhoud.
- Keep right at the fork, following signs for E11.
- Merge onto E11/Al Garhoud Bridge.
- Stay on E11 until taking exit 50A for D71 W toward Jumeira
That’s it! Now you’re in the heart of Dubai City.
Be aware that this route includes toll roads, so keep cash handy to pay the tolls.
Tips for driving your car rental in Dubai
If you haven’t driven in the Middle East before, you’ll want to know the lay of the land a little. Here are a few top tips to help you make the most of your rental car:
- Roads are often overwhelmingly busy, with fast drivers and large roads. Be extra vigilant of speed, check mirrors frequently, and always look before merging lanes.
- Camels are a known road hazard in Dubai, and while they aren’t exactly speedy, you’ll want to slow down and navigate around them if you see them.
- Like the U.S., rental cars in Dubai are left-hand drive, and you will be driving on the right-hand side of the road.
- Pedestrians have the right of way on zebra crossings, which are known as pedestrian crossings in Dubai.
- There is a unique toll system in Dubai called the Salik Toll. Ask about it when you pick up your Dubai Airport car rental for clear instructions on how and when to pay.
- The heat in Dubai is very real. Always travel with ample water on hand.
Experience the best of Dazzling Dubai
Whether you’re an adventurous daredevil, nature lover, water sports enthusiast, shopaholic, or a night owl, Dubai has a little something for everyone. Then, when you are tired with all of your activities, you may choose from the famous Millennium Dubai Airport and Dubai International Hotel for a restful evening.
Here are just a few of our top recommendations to visit with your car hire in Dubai:
Buildings & Public Features
Burj Al Kalifa
You’ve either heard of or seen this building before. It has been the tallest building in the world since 2009.
Burj Al Arab
Much like its bigger brother, the Burj Al Arab is world-renowned as a luxury hotel with an incredible, eye-catching design.
The Dubai Mall
Don't miss out on visiting the famous Dubai Mall during your trip. Park up your rental car and explore over half a million square feet of retail shopping space with over 1,200 different stores, including some of the world’s most luxurious brands
The Dubai Fountain
A titanic fountain complex with dazzling choreographed water features that should not be missed.
Dubai Miracle Garden
A miracle because this gorgeous, colorful and blooming garden exists in a dry desert environment. This is a must-see when going on a car rental trip in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Wild Wadi Waterpark
Did the name give it away? This place is wet, wild, and a ton of fun for everyone in the family with waterslides, rollercoasters and everything in between.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
You read right, a zoo that is underwater…and an incredible high-tech aquarium.
The Green Planet
Nature lovers and families alike will fall in love with this one-of-a-kind biodome featuring exotic animals like birds, reptiles and sloths.
With the rise of Lego in mainstream media, kids and parents will both have an incredible time at this fun adventure park. A must include in your Dubai car hire itinerary!
Other Must-Sees in Dubai
Dubai Garden Glow
Head your car rental into this colorfully illuminated park that really shines at night. No pun intended.
Explore hundreds of interactive and exciting VR experiences, games and activities.
Dubai Spice Souk
An incredible market that will overload all your senses with the fragrant smells of spices, teas, herbs, incense, among other artifacts and handmade rugs.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah
A recreated traditional Middle Eastern bazaar that transports you back to the golden age of the Arab empire.
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Where is Dubai Airport (DBX)?
Dubai International Airport (DBX) is located 4.6km or a 10-minute drive from Dubai City in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
How do I find the best car hire deals at Dubai Airport?
Looking for cheap car rentals Dubai? The easiest and fastest way to find the best deals is by searching through the multiple Dubai car rental airport offers over at GoSee. You can select specific vehicles, finalize the details, and have your car ready for you the moment you arrive in Dubai Airport.
What is the best car rental in Dubai?
The best car rental depends on your specific circumstances. Solo travelers and couples on a budget may be tempted to opt for cost-effective vehicle models like the Suzuki Swift. However, we recommend travelers in groups of up to 4 to hire an SUV with more comfortable seating arrangements, ample baggage space, and stronger air conditioning, like the Toyota Yaris or Highlander.
Where can I find a car hire at Dubai Intl. Airport?
Planning to rent a car? Dubai Airport has counters for many car rental companies in the arrival halls of all three passenger terminals. By pre-booking with GoSee, you can select rental agencies in the Dubai Airport terminal you will be landing in, and then simply make your way to the rental agency kiosk you booked with to collect your car.
Which car hire at Dubai Intl. Airport is easiest to access?
Depending on where you are traveling from and who you are flying with, you may land in one of three different airport terminals. If you are flying internationally, you are most likely to land in Dubai Airport Terminal 1. If you are flying domestically, you are likely to land in Terminal 2. And for those flying with either Emirates or Qantas, you will land in Dubai Airport Terminal 3. GoSee offers rental cars in all three terminals, so you can hire from the agency which is easiest for you to access.
How much does it cost to rent a car in Dubai Airport?
Dubai Intl Airport offers some of the best rates and best deals on car rentals, and you are likely better off renting directly from the airport instead of waiting until you get to the city centre. In Dubai Airport, you can rent an economy car from as little as $32 a day. For larger vehicles and SUVs you can find deals for as low as $67 a day. Those looking for more luxury models may find them starting at $125 a day.
Use our handy filters so you can browse all the best deals and perks. Grab the perfect car rental Dubai Airport when you book with GoSee.
Are there car rentals with unlimited mileage?
Most car rental companies offer unlimited kilometres. On each listing, you will be able to view if this option is available. If not, you'll be able to check the additional rates for extra miles before you finalize your car hire Dubai booking.
Is there a minimum rental period?
The minimum rental length for your Dubai Intl Airport hire car varies per brand and is subject to change. Some will allow a day, while some will impose a minimum of 3 days. Be sure to double-check the terms and conditions before booking your car Dubai.
Do I need to return my car rental with a full tank?
It’s always a good experience to begin your tour with a full tank. For instance, you need to return to the Dubai Airport Hertz branch today, please make sure to top it up before you drop the vehicle off at the designated rental location.
What documents do I need to rent a car at Dubai International Airport terminal?
You must present a full valid driver's license from your country of residence to get a Dubai Airport car rental. If it is not in English, you must also show an International Driving Permit or any translation. Car rental companies may have different requirements so carefully read the terms and conditions before booking.