car rental and mawaqif

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You’ll find all major car rental companies in Abu Dhabi, plus a few local options, although 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 to consider in the worst-case scenario of an accident. 

All rentals should be 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 major hotels, with numerous rental shops dotted throughout the city. It's worth calling around for rates, although the most-competitive rates can usually be found online.

To hire any vehicle, you will need a valid 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 a valid UAE driving licence.

Around Emirates
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 www.budget.com
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 2 634 2200
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 www.hertzuae.com
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

Company name Telephone number Website
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

Mawaqif: paid parking system

Abu Dhabi city’s paid parking system, Mawaqif, is enforced from 8am to midnight from Saturday to Thursday, 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 (white and turquoise coloured kerbs), vehicles can park for up to four hours at AED 3 per hour. In standard spaces (black and turquoise coloured kerbs) the rate is AED 2 per hour and AED 15 for 24 hours.

Drivers who park outside designated spaces, indicated by turquoise and white or blue and black markings, can be fined from AED 200 to AED 1,000.

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