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.
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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 (US$ 0.8) per hour. In standard spaces (black and turquoise coloured kerbs), the rate is AED 2 (US$ 0.5) per hour and AED 15 (US$ 4) 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 - AED 1,000 (US$ 54 - 273).
For more information on Abu Dhabi’s parking system, visit www.mawaqif.ae