To rent a car and drive in the United Arab Emirates the driver must present a valid driver's license which has been held for at least 1 or 2 years (according to different car hire company).
United Arab Emirates residents and customers on a resident's visa and employment visa must have a United Arab Emirates driver's license.
Customers with the following national driver's license can drive in the United Arab Emirates without an International Driving Permit (IDP): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
Please note that customers from Greece, Japan, Korea and Turkey must present a valid translation of their licenses approved by the Council or Embassy.
All other customers must present a valid International Driving Permit (IDP) together with their national driver's license at time of rental. Please note that an International Driving Permit (often referred to as an International Driver’s License) does not replace the requirement for a regular driver’s license. And you must carry your current overseas driver’s license, IDP or translation with you all the time when driving in the United Arab Emirates.
The minimum driver age for renting a car at the United Arab Emirates is 21 years old (age may vary by state and car category). If you're 21-25, you are likely to have to pay a young driver fee. If you're 65 or older, you may have to pay a senior driver fee.
*Attention! Some car rental companies would have different requirements. Please check Terms and Conditions during the booking process.
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