To rent a car in Dubai, you must be at least 21 years old or 25 years old for a luxury car. Most agencies in Dubai require a credit card in order to make a car rental. However, MVD has listed in the Services – Car Rental category, a rental agency, Thrifty, where it is still possible to rent with a Visa debit card. The procedure is as follows, the agency will charge a sum to your credit card as a guarantee. This same amount will be refunded to you 2 to 3 weeks after you have returned the vehicle. This is normal, this is the time for the agency to receive the fines if there were any and other tolls. If there are fines and tolls, the amount will be deducted from the deposit. If there is no fine, then the entire deposit will be refunded. Also, a microchip toll system installed on every car exists in Dubai to use the Sheikh Zayed road, when you return the car, the total amount of the passages under the toll gates will be debited from the deposit. Concerning the costs of renting, you will find this information on the website of the agencies we advise you.
PS: All cars in Dubai have automatic gearboxes.
The most convenient way to get around Dubai is by car or taxi. In Dubai, there is also the Uber application or the metro or buses. However, the latter two are less convenient to use as they do not drop you off directly at places of common interest such as beaches, swimming pools etc. Sometimes you will have to supplement the trips with walking or even a taxi for some destinations. The advantage of the metro is that it drops you off at the doors of the Mall of Emirates and Dubai Mall where the Burj Khalifa Tower is located but also of the Souk Naïf located in Deira, a small shopping centre dedicated to traditional Emirati clothing. As far as taxis are concerned, they are very affordable and cheaper than the Uber. It is very easy to find some in the city and in sufficient quantity to transport you all. If you wish to order a taxi (something you will very rarely get the chance to do as there are so many everywhere) you can call from a local number at 800 88088 or from a foreign number at +971 4 2 080808. Taxi fares are calculated by the time or by the meter when you are in traffic.
Price example: Airport – New Dubai Center = 50 AED Airport – Palm Jumeirah = 100 AED Airport – Dubai Marina = 120 AED Dubai Marina – Deira = 120 AED Dubai Marina – Burj Khalifa = 60 AED