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Car rental & Mawaqif

  • Car Rental and Mawaqif
  • Car Rental and Mawaqif
  • Car Rental and Mawaqif

You will find all major car rental companies in Abu Dhabi, plus a few extra, and it's worth remembering that larger, more reputable firms generally have more reliable vehicles and a greater capacity to help in an emergency (an important factor when handling the trying times following an accident).

All rentals are inclusive of registration, maintenance, replacement, 24-hour assistance and insurance (comprehensive insurance with personal accident cover is advisable). For short term rental, many companies offer daily rates - there are booths at the airport and most of the major hotels, and there are numerous shops dotted throughout the city. It's worth ringing around for rates, although usually the most competitive rates can be found online.

To hire any vehicle you will need a passport copy, credit card and a valid driving licence from your home country, or a valid international driving licence.

If you have a UAE residence visa, you will need to have a valid UAE driving licence.

Car hire companies

Company name Telephone number Website
Al Ghazal Transport Co +971 2 634 2200 www.adnh.com
ALLO Rent +971 2 575 7232 www.allorent.com
Avis Rent A Car +971 2 621 5400
Diamond Lease +971 2 674 0350 www.diamondlease.com
Dollar Rent A Car +971 2 641 9002 www.dollaruae.com
Emco Rent A Car +971 2 633 8933  
Europcar +971 2 626 1441 www.europcar-uae.com
Eurostar +971 2 645 5855 www.eurostarrental.com
FAST Rent A Car +971 2 632 4000 www.fastuae.com
Hertz Rent A Car +971 2 672 0060
National Car Rental +971 2 800 3130 www.national-me.com
Thrifty Car Rental +971 2 445 5011 www.thriftyuae.com
Car hire companies in Al Ain
Avis Rent A Car (Al Ain) +971 3 768 7262 www.avis.com 
FAST Rent A Car (Al Ain) +971 3 766 7330 www.fastuae.com 
Thrifty Car Rental +971 3 721 8088 www.thriftyuae.com 

Mawakif: paid parking system

Abu Dhabi city’s paid parking system Mawaqif is enforced round the clock, excluding Fridays and public holidays. Parking meters set time limits for use of public parking spaces, which helps organise parking and prevent illegal parking.

At premium parking lots on main streets, vehicles can park for up to four hours at AED 3 (US$ 0.8) per hour. In standard spaces, the rate is AED 2 (US$ 0.5) per hour for a maximum of 24 hours.

Drivers who park outside designated spaces; indicated by turquoise and white or blue and black markings, can be fined from AED 200 - AED 1,000 (US$ 54 - 273).

For more information on Abu Dhabi’s parking system, visit www.mawaqif.ae

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