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Dubai International Airport is the busiest airport in the world in terms of international passenger numbers, and is the main transport hub serving the United Arab Emirates. More than 100 airlines operate at the airport, serving over 239 destinations regionally and worldwide. Dubai International Airport is the international headquarters for Emirates and FlyDubai.
Located just 4.6km from the airport, it’s a short drive to reach the cosmopolitan city of Dubai, Prepare to be amazed, as you drive around the city, marvelling at some of the world’s tallest hotels, most luxurious shopping centres and marvellous feats of architecture. Hiring a car at Dubai International Airport couldn’t be simpler, with branches of Hertz Car Rental conveniently located at arrivals in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.
The airport was first opened in 1960 and has since undergone several major expansions, notably the construction of Terminal 2 in 1998 and Terminal 3 in 2008 – which is today the world’s largest airport terminal, boasting a capacity for over 60 million passengers. Dubai International Airport currently comprises of three commercial travel terminals, two cargo mega terminals, three exhibition halls, an expo centre, health club and a vast array of facilities and amenities you would expect from the world’s busiest transport hub.
There are several hotels located at the airport, around 25, including Millennium Dubai Airport Hotel, Holiday Inn Express and Dubai International Hotel, as well as a huge number of retailers. Dubai Airport is the largest Duty Free retailer in the world, and is also home to over 80 food outlets, from fine dining restaurants to fast food vendors.
Hiring a car at Dubai International Airport is easy, with a branch of Hertz Car Rental located at arrivals in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 (open 24 hours Monday and Sunday).
You must be at least 21 to rent a car in the UAE, and 25 in some cases. You must also have been in possession of a full and valid license for at least one year. Customers with the following national driver's licence can drive in the United Arab Emirates without an International Driving Permit (IDP): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States of America.
Visitors to the UAE are only allowed to drive hire vehicles with the appropriate insurance and a full license. More information on driving in the UAE is available here.
Head to Dubai at the right time and you might be able to catch the Dubai International Motor Show, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre. This 5-day event is a glorious celebration of all things automotive and one of the largest motor shows in the world, where you can see some of the world’s most iconic and prestigious motors.
If you can’t make it to the motor show don’t worry as there are lots of attractions to keep you busy in Dubai – which might be the understatement of the year! Dubai is easily reached by car from the airport and is just over 4km away or a short drive. In this emirate famous for luxury experiences you’ll find some jaw-dropping attractions, notably the world’s biggest shopping centre, The Dubai Mall, and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.