Car hire in Dubai airport
This information is correct as of June 2015
Dubai isn’t just a stopover city, this is a playground for the wealthy and an iconic business centre. Check out our guide to Dubai.
Where to hire a car in Dubai airport
There are options for renting a car in all 3 terminals of Dubai International Airport. In terminal 1, you’ll fine the car hire offices just outside of passport control. In terminal 2, the offices are located on your way toward the exit to the left hand side. In terminal 3, car hire companies are located just outside of passport control too. If you wish to use any other companies within the airport, you are free to travel between them to choose your mode of transport. There’s also a shuttle bus available to other car hire companies in the area. There are 12 companies over all in Dubai airport: Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, National, Dollar, Budget, Alamo, Al Wefaq, Diamond, Sixt, payless, and Europcar.
Petrol stations close to Dubai airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Unsurprisingly, there are petrol stations all over Dubai! The closest one is just a few minutes away. It doesn’t matter which terminal you exit from – when you come out of the airport, turn left onto the D89, and turn right after the Makeen Building and Aramex. Turn right again onto the next road, then turn left for Eppco Petrol Station. If you miss this one, there are other petrol stations located all around the airport.
Driving around Dubai airport
They drive on the right hand side in Dubai. The roads around Dubai Airport are large, there are a few toll roads, and the traffic is usually fast and heavy. It can be daunting but if you operate caution, you should be fine. On the roads outside of Dubai in the country there can be a different type of trouble – camel crossings in particular. Stay to the smaller roads if you’re not confident driving here yet – if you drive towards the coastal side of Deira, you can use the Al Mina Road to move down the coast to Jumeirah.
Popular destinations to drive to from Dubai airport
Dubai (World Trade Centre)
Dubai is a world renowned destination for shopping, oil and stopovers, so check out the CBD on your next visit.
To get to the centre, follow the D89 out of the airport towards Dubai. Merge onto the D70, and keep right. Take the ramp for the E11, and continue onto the D75 to get to Al Mina. This area is well connected to the rest of Dubai. The majority of the malls have their own car parks but you do have to pay. Side street parking is allowed, but it is also pay and display. It’s worth investing in a hotel with a car park in Dubai.
Dubai Marina & Jumeirah
It’s much easier to drive in the southern end of Dubai. It’s still Dubai – but it’s traveller friendly. Exit the airport using the D70, and merge onto the E11. The E11 is a partial toll road. Take 35th Street to get to Jumeirah, and use the Al Mina Road to get to the beaches and mosques. There are parking facilities along the coast.
Sharjah is north of Dubai Airport, and it’s effectively a neighbour of Dubai rather than part of it. This is another business centre, but it’s also home to the Boat Races and a beautifully kept Blue Souq.
It takes half an hour to get to Sharjah using the toll roads. Follow the D89 out of the airport and merge onto the E11. Take Exit 70 and continue on SS115. Turn left at Al Nahda Square for the centre and the coast, or continue driving for the cricket Stadium. This is also where you can find many of the universities and Sharjah’s International Airport.