Not that there is any shortage of public transport but having your personal vehicle gives you the advantage of independence, convenience, and comfort.
Renting a Car in UAE:
Renting a car in UAE is one of the most preferred options by many expats working in UAE. This is because –
- Flexible car rental terms and procedures are easy to obtain, with a minimum requirement of documentation.
- Renting a car is a cost-effective transport option for expats.
- All servicing and other maintenance costs, annual insurance and registration are taken care by the rental agency at a minimal rate per month. This is excluding the fuel cost, which is very cheap in UAE.
- In case of an accident, a majority of the rental agencies in UAE provide a vehicle replacement for the actual car repair.
How to rent a car?
Mentioned below are few steps to help you with renting a car in UAE
Renting a car in UAE is quite simple. Most long-term car owners usually go to a “trusted” name – like Hertz, Avis, Budget, Sixt, etc.
You can pretty much set up a long-term lease, typically ranging around 12, 24 or 36 months, online itself. However, for offline bookings, you will be required to pay a short visit to the leasing company to sign the contract and present a few documents (valid ID card, credit card details, and a valid driver license). agreement can be updated once your Residence Visa is issued.
Importing a Car:
Every expat with a UAE Residence Visa is allowed to import one car and one motorbike per person. All such car imports are subject to duty at 5% of the Customs assessed value.
However, the vehicle has to be a left-hand drive car, should not be older than five years, should not have tinted windows and is not imported with the intention of commercial use.
You will also be required to present some documentation. They include:
- Original purchase invoice
- Car registration documents from the county of origin, showing the make, model, chassis number, colour and type of car
- Proof of ownership
- Insurance policy from the country of origin
- Passport copy
- UAE Residence Visa copy
- Shipment documentation
For more information, you can contact one of the specialised shipment companies available in UAE or the Customs Department of the respective Emirate, such as Dubai Customs or Abu Dhabi General Directorate of Customs.
After your car is imported to the UAE, you will have to get in touch with the respective transport authority of the Emirate you are based (e.g., Road and Transport Authority (RTA) Dubai or the Abu Dhabi Vehicle Licensing Department) in for a mandatory inspection.
It is only after you receive a go-ahead from them; you can register your car and obtain UAE licence plates.
To conclude: this is a long-term arrangement, and hence, irrelevant of the way you opt for, it is essential that you make sure to read through the terms and conditions and check the car thoroughly before signing up for a rented car.