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Old 2nd August 2011, 02:22 PM
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does any one know about driving license rules in DXB? - I am not a US citizen but I hold a valid US driving license -- I will be going to DXB in 3 weeks just for a visit - can I rent a car and drive myself? if No, what are my options?

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yes you can rent a car with a US license, but you would be as well to go and get an International one before you leave home, just in case the rental company asks for it (sometimes they do, sometimes they don't!)

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Even if they will rent to you, most of the time the insurance does not cover you if you do not have an international driverse license if you were to get in an accident.




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Even if they will rent to you, most of the time the insurance does not cover you if you do not have an international driverse license if you were to get in an accident.
Thanks for the replies -- Two more things

1- what is this international license thing, can this be obtained just over the counter? by paying a fee?
2- renting companies here (in US) allow you to purchase insurance for the days you are renting the car just over the counter - is this something dxb has in practice? or there is simply no option of having insurance?

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Thanks for the replies -- Two more things

1- what is this international license thing, can this be obtained just over the counter? by paying a fee?
2- renting companies here (in US) allow you to purchase insurance for the days you are renting the car just over the counter - is this something dxb has in practice? or there is simply no option of having insurance?
1- This is where i got my IDL when I visited before moving here International Driving Permits

2- Yes they offer you to purchase insurance. At least at Hertz they do. This is where I got my cars from when I rented.

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Most will discuss and include the insurance in the price. But what I am saying, is that even if they dont ask to see the international DL and just rent to you on your usa license, if you get in an accident and dont have a international DL, then the accident is on you. Dont expect to leave the country until paying for said vehicle and the others ones damaged. Some people think they are 'getting' away with something and will tell people you dont have to have international dl to rent a vehicle. Which is corrent. But you are suppose to and I do believe no insurances will cover you without that international DL here.




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Most will discuss and include the insurance in the price. But what I am saying, is that even if they dont ask to see the international DL and just rent to you on your usa license, if you get in an accident and dont have a international DL, then the accident is on you. Dont expect to leave the country until paying for said vehicle and the others ones damaged. Some people think they are 'getting' away with something and will tell people you dont have to have international dl to rent a vehicle. Which is corrent. But you are suppose to and I do believe no insurances will cover you without that international DL here.
Yep - thanks for this great tip. I will get the international DL - I see the office is nearby, will just jump on it!

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can anyone recommend a cheap company for leasing a car? I know there are loads about but wanted to get some recommendations.

I have looked into getting a car and probably just gonna spend about 25000 for a little run around. I get 2000 allowance a month towards transport so what do you think I should do....rent or buy? when you rent, does it include all insurance and all you do is 'add fuel'? cheers

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Try these guys, they do long-term rentals that are reasonably priced. You will find find a rental for under 2k a month but it will be a shoe box with a tiny engine .

If you're planning to be here for a couple of years I would suggest buying. You will be able to find a decent second hand car in the 30-50k range, and your installments will probably be significantly less than the rental costs, even financed over 2 or 3 years..

However, yes, rental will include maintainance and insurance, which you will have to cover yourself if you buy.

Your choice, I think buying will be cheaper if you choose a reasonable car, but renting is much less hassle.

I have a friend here who has been renting for 20 years! He says he gets bored of cars too quickly so he like to be able to just exchange it whenever he wants

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can anyone recommend a cheap company for leasing a car? I know there are loads about but wanted to get some recommendations.

I have looked into getting a car and probably just gonna spend about 25000 for a little run around. I get 2000 allowance a month towards transport so what do you think I should do....rent or buy? when you rent, does it include all insurance and all you do is 'add fuel'? cheers
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