Who is allowed to rent cars and drive in the UAE?

When renting a car in Dubai, it is critical that you follow the rules that govern car rentals in the city. If you don’t, you could find yourself (literally!) facing the music!

Driving Permit

A driving license is required to rent a car in Dubai, as it is in most other parts of the world. While locals can get by with a UAE license, expats must obtain an International Driving License. Local licenses from some countries are accepted in the UAE in some cases; otherwise, they must first obtain a license made locally.

Minimum Age Requirements

While you must be at least 18 years old to drive in the UAE, you must be 21 to rent a car in UAE. Some car models require a minimum driving age of 25.

Deposit for Security

A security deposit is required for all rental cars. So, if you’re renting a car in Dubai, expect to pay a security deposit. The best method is to block a portion of your credit card; this blocked amount is then ‘unblocked’ when you return the car to the car rental company without incident.

Driving outside of the UAE

Most car rental companies rent cars that can only be driven within the UAE; they cannot be taken outside of the country. This is especially important because many customers want to take their cars to neighboring countries, particularly Oman. This will necessitate the use of someone else’s personal vehicle rather than your rental car.

Insurance that is valid

Without exception, your rental car must have valid insurance. Most rental companies provide insurance as a standard practice, so this is not a concern. What you should look for is the coverage provided, particularly the inclusions and exclusions. The goal will always be to have maximum coverage in case something unfortunate happens.

Fines and Tolls in Salik

Salik is the automated toll system that is widely used in Dubai. All Salik fees will be added to the total amount owed. Similarly, if your vehicle is fined, say because you parked incorrectly or were caught driving without a seatbelt, the fine will be added to the final bill you must pay.


Feel free to rent any of the numerous cars that we at Saadatrent have in our arsenal now that you have clear information on the rules that apply when renting cars in Dubai!

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