Renting a car in Dubai is popular with various types of travelers. Business travelers used to be the mainstay of the car rental business. They need a rental for obvious reasons since they do a lot of travel and taking taxis can be expensive and inconvenient. In the 70s and 80s renting a car on vacation gained popularity and now it is a big part of the rental market. It is common to rent cars at your arrival airport so you can easily get to and from the airport and your destination.
So what if you're going to a city with plenty of public transportation? While it may seem easy enough to take buses and subways, taking a vacation is a lot less stressful and more enjoyable if you rent a car. You'll be able to come and go as you please and you won't have to look for taxis. You can also visit areas outside the city that aren't serviced by other forms of transportation.
You might be thinking that car rental is outside of your budget, but you might be surprised at how affordable it can be. If you get a small car and get a weekly rate, then you could be paying less than taking taxis and public transportation, especially if you're splitting the cost with others.
Maybe you're planning on just staying close to home taking a road trip. A week on the road can take a toll on your car so why not rent. With unlimited miles and fairly new cars, you could affordably be touring around worry-free. You can also rent a specialty vehicle such as a sports car, luxury car or convertible to make your road trip more enjoyable and exciting.
Another time when a rental may be necessary is when your car is in the shop. If you depend on a car then being without one can be a hardship. Rental car companies usually have dropped off and pick up services so you can easily get your rental and won't have to go to the airport or in-town agency. If you've been in an accident, then your insurance may cover the cost of your rental. In any case, most insurance companies have negotiated rates with rental companies, so it pays to ask.
Finding the Cheapest Rates
Finding the lowest rental rates is made easy with the use of the internet. There are online travel sites such as Expedia and Travelocity that have great search tools. They will give you a list of available rates and models from various rental agencies for the period you want to rent. You will be able to compare and find the best price for the size vehicle you want. It's also pennywise to visit the individual rent a car companies' websites since the best deals are usually only available to customers who rent directly from the company.