Car hire Abu Dhabi: tour the city in style and at ease with a rental

What you should know before hiring a car in Abu Dhabi

Distance from
Abu Dhabi city centre
7 mi
18 mi

Car hires in Abu Dhabi: practical information

Where to rent a car in Abu Dhabi

Planning a holiday in Abu Dhabi? Then you’ll certainly need a rent car in Abu Dhabi to get around, especially if you plan to visit other nearby destinations like the wonderful desert and Dubai. Abu Dhabi has dozens of car hire agencies, from huge international brands to small local ones. Avis, Budget, Thrifty and Europcar will be more expensive, but you’ll have peace of mind that service will be available 24 hours.

Pick up your rental car at Abu Dhabi International Airport or in the city centre.

Driving in Abu Dhabi: parking and other tips

Abu Dhabi is a city built for cars. That being said, you can expect a lot of traffic in the city centre, particularly during rush hours. Drivers tend to be aggressive, so drive cautiously. Beware that if you drink even a glass of wine and then drive and a blood test is administered, you could land yourself in jail for 1 month.

Parking can be difficult, even at the best of times, so ensure that your Abu Dhabi hotel has complimentary parking available for the duration of your stay.

Road trips from Abu Dhabi: what to do, what to see



Abu Dhabi’s beautiful waterfront is a spectacular stretch of beaches and shopping centres. It’s a great place to spend the evening, walking along the boardwalk and stopping to go go-carting or catch a show in a local theatre. This is where the city comes alive in the evenings.

Al Safa Park

Al Safa Park

Al Safa Park is one of the oldest in Abu Dhabi and is a favourite for playing tennis, volleyball and football. The ferris wheel and bumper cars are also a load of fun! Make a day out of it and pack your Abu Dhabi rental car with a picnic.

Abu Dhabi to Dubai


Dubai is just a two hour drive from Abu Dhabi and makes a great side trip during your holiday. Dubai is modern, progressive and a whirlwind to visit. Old Dubai is a treat but it’s Modern Dubai that will really impress. Don’t miss the Dubai Marina and the Burj al-Arab.

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