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If you are a UAE resident, you are required to submit:

  • Copy of Passport
  • Copy of Residential Visa
  • Valid UAE Driving License
  • Copy of Emirates ID

If you are a Tourist visiting the UAE, you need to submiy :

  • Passport
  • Visit Visa
  • Home Country Driving License
  • International Driving Permit

Passport holders of GCC, US, UK, Canada and certain other countries can drive on their home country license in the UAE

If you live in the UAE on a Residential Visa / Work Permit, you need a valid UAE Driving License. To get a UAE Driving License, you need driving lessons and pass the driving test from an RTA-approved Driving Institute in UAE: Galadari | Belhasa | Emirates Driving Institute

If you are visiting the UAE as a tourist and want a rental car to get around, you need to have a valid International Driving Permit (IDP) a.k.a. International Driving License and your original Driving License, both from your home country.

Check the below 2018-updated list to find out.

Australia
Bahrain
Belgium
Canada (Quebec*)
China
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Kuwait
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Netherlands(Holland)
New Zealand
Norway
Oman
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia*
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
United Kingdom(UK)
United States of America(USA)

*Original + Translated Copy required
For all other countries, an International Driving Permit is essential from the driving license holder’s home country.

There are no overheads unless otherwise specified by the car hire company. You only need to pay the full rental amount for the period you need the car as a daily / weekly / monthly deal. However, a refundable deposit amount of AED 1500 or more per car is blocked by the car hire agency. Some companies accept the deposit amount in cash too.

It’s best to ask regarding the type of insurance the rental cost includes as some companies provide no car insurance at all. And it will have to be considered as an additional cost.

Since traffic fines sometimes generate several days after the incident is recorded / reported by the RTA, companies block the deposit amount on a credit card as a safety net for fines incurred on their leased cars while they were rented by you. This also helps in times when a rental car is damaged by the driver.

Salik charges are also recorded in a few days by the rental company to be paid by the driver.

Incase there are no fines or deductibles, the blocked amount is released within 14-20 days. On request, you can settle the additional charges in cash too if you do not wish to use your credit card.

Salik is Dubai's electronic toll collection system. There are no toll booths in Dubai providing you a continuous drive across the UAE without any interruptions. When you cross a Salik, charges are also recorded by the rental company through the RTA Salik system. You, the car renter / driver, pays the Salik charges. Car hire companies mark up the cost to AED 5 per salik. Here is a complete list of Salik Toll Booths in Dubai. Note: You also pay for Salik charges when your hired taxi crosses a toll in Dubai such as on Sheikh Zayed Road.

 

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