Hertz makes car rental in Abu Dhabi easy with branches conveniently located in and around the city. There is so much to see and do in Abu Dhabi that renting a car is essential if you want to get round everything without relying on taxis or buses. The temperatures in the emirate are scorching so a car can also give you some much-needed air conditioning and shade.
Abu Dhabi has boomed as a tourist destination in recent years and is continuing to do so, with the developments on Yas Island - the existing F1 circuit and a Ferrari theme park to come — making it an amazing destination for car lovers. This is accentuated by Abu Dhabi’s excellent roads and traffic light system that make it stand out against other emirates.
Driving and Parking in Abu Dhabi
You will need a full driving licence and must be over 21 to rent a car in Abu Dhabi. 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 Abu Dhabi, take a look at our page about renting a car in the UAE .
Despite the excellent roads, driving in Abu Dhabi can be somewhat hairy for the uninitiated. Even compared to other parts of the UAE, drivers in Abu Dhabi have a reputation for recklessness and you will often see them changing lanes without warning as well as speeding. Even though people do this, you should ensure you stick to the local speed limit and never drink-drive, which can result in a prison sentence. Cameras at intersections monitor drivers who run red lights and there is a fine of up to AED500.
If you rent a car in Abu Dhabi, you will find there are several pay-to-park car parks as well as parking within hotels and resorts. If you choose on-street parking, you will use the Mawaqif system, which is in force from 08.00 until midnight Saturday to Thursday, excluding public holidays. Parking meters set limits for use of the spaces and you will pay between AED2 and AED3 per hour or AED15 per day, making it very reasonable.
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