Hertz in Dubai
There are 12 locations for Hertz car rental in Dubai, making it quick and easy to get around when you visit the emirate. With some of the most stunning buildings in the world such as the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest structure) and the Burj al-Arab hotel (the world’s only 7-star hotel), driving is a great way to get around the city state and see all it has to offer — as well as keeping you safely out of the incredibly hot sun.
Dubai’s popularity as a luxury holiday destination has boomed in recent years. As well as enjoying the beach and, perhaps, relaxing in luxury hotels there’s a lot to see in Dubai. Old Dubai has many historic buildings and mosques as well as wonderful souks, whereas in Modern Dubai you can shop to your heart’s content. Driving, of course, lets you do both.
Driving and Parking in Dubai
What do I need to drive in Dubai?
You will need a full driving licence and must be over 21 to rent a car in Dubai. If you are from outside the United Arab Emirates you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Dubai, take a look at our page about renting a car in the UAE.
What is the best way to get around Dubai?
While by car is the best and easiest way to see Dubai, there’s no getting around the fact that Dubai is hard to navigate. So it is worth bringing a Sat Nav with you or ensuring you have data connectivity on your phone and using a maps app to navigate. You will need to take care on the roads and ensure that you follow the rules and regulations to the letter when driving.
What is parking like in Dubai?
Parking in Dubai is generally a mix of pay-to-park car parks and city parking zones. Parking zones use pay and display machines although the local government has recently introduced the mParking service where you can pay for parking by sending a text message from your mobile phone when you rent a car in Dubai.
Driving in and around Dubai
The E11 motorway is one of the main routes through Dubai. It’s pretty spectacular in itself with six lanes running in each direction, but that’s nothing to the views of towering skyscrapers it offers as it cuts through central Dubai. For those wanting a more relaxed pace of driving, Jumeirah Road (D94) will take you along the front near to the public beaches, leading to Al Sufouh Road which takes you towards Dubai Marina where you can catch a glimpse of the exclusive Palm Jumeirah.
It’s worth noting that several of the major routes within Dubai are toll roads. Hertz branches will supply a Salik tag (fitted in your car) which will register every time you travel on a toll road. This is charged at a rate of AED5.00 each time your vehicle passes through the cross points. When you return your hire car, this will be added up and you will be charged accordingly.
The UAE as a whole has a fantastic motorway system connecting the different Emirates. If you wish to explore beyond Dubai, The E11 will carry you to Abu Dhabi or, in the opposite direction, to Sharjah. The E66, on the other hand, will take you through to Al Ain. The motorway system connects in turn with a well-developed road network of smaller motorways, dual carriageways and urban and desert roads.
Dubai police are strict when it comes to enforcing speed limits so make sure you are aware of local limitations as you travel.