JAFZA and Jebel Ali
The Jebel Ali Free Zone, also called JAFZA Dubai, is the world’s largest free economic zone. It is located in southwest Dubai, near the Palm Jebel Ali islands and the Al Maktoum International Airport which is a secondary Dubai airport. It is contained within the greater Jebel Ali which includes the Palm Jebel Ali. There you can pick up a rental car from Diamond Lease, Thrifty, Europcar, Dollar, Avis, Alamo, Budget or Hertz.
Dubai Investments Park
35 kilometres southeast of central Dubai is the Dubai Investments Park, a mixed-use area under development for residential, commercial and industrial purposes. Here you can pick up a car with Diamond Lease, Budget, Thrifty or Go Car Rental. Dollar has a depot in the nearby Green Community.
World Trade Centre/DIFC
This bustling hive of activity near downtown Dubai is a great place to begin your journey - the World Trade Centre is a hub for all kinds of events which draw visitors to the city. In the area you can rent with Thrifty, Dollar, Budget, Avis, Diamond Lease and Europcar.
Dubai Marina/Palm Jumeirah/Internet City
In this lovely seaside area of Dubai you’ll find a few car rental depots, very handy for those staying in the lovely resorts such as Le Royal Meridien or Habtoor Grand. From the neighbourhoods and developments near here (including Internet City) you can pick up a car with Thrifty, Alamo, Avis, Hertz, Budget, Europcar, Dollar, Go Car Rental or Diamond Lease - you can also get a Sixt rental from right on the outer edge of the Palm.
Downtown Dubai and Business Bay
Dubai centres around an area which includes the Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world, the Dubai Mall, and many hotels and skyscrapers. Adjacent is the Business Bay precinct around Dubai Creek. You’re likely to head here at some point during your visit to Dubai, making it a good place to pick up a rental car. Depots downtown include Thrifty (in the Dubai Mall), Sixt and Diamond Lease.
This large area of Dubai is found very close to the airport, and is therefore a very handy place to pick up a rental car. Along with the Dubai Hospital, the Deira Fish Market and the famous Spice and Gold Souks, you’ll find depots for Dollar, Avis, Alamo, Diamond Lease, Thrifty, Sixt and Budget.
Located adjacent to the major intersection of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Dubai-Al Ain Road, the Dubai Silicon Oasis is a government-owned free trade zone and well-situated for anyone travelling inland from the city towards Al Ain. Here you can pick up a Go Car Rental.
This neighbourhood is directly across from the Dubai Airport terminals, home to the Emirates Training College and bordered by Dubai Creek. Nip across here after your flight lands to pick up a Payless rental from their depot on Airport Road.
This is quite a vast area of Dubai, located between Dubai Creek, Jumeirah and Downtown Dubai and stretching out towards the port. It includes several small neighbourhoods and developments such as Al Mankhool, Al Raffa, Al Karama and Za’Abeel. Dotted around Bur Dubai are depots for Hertz, Thrifty, Avis, Europcar, Go Car Rental and Dollar.
Southwest of Downtown Dubai and inland from the Jumeirah Beach is Al Quoz, an area of both industrial and residential developments with good access to some of the main highways. Pick up your car rental here with Sixt, Dollar, Alamo, Go Car Rental and Europcar.
This collection of residential developments, close to many of the important commercial areas such as Media City and Knowledge Village. Here you can pick up a Thrifty car rental at the Mall of Emirates.
Dubai’s Festival City is a district of great shopping, dining and entertainment, with its own mall and some popular InterContinental hotels. It’s only around two kilometres from Dubai Airport, making it a convenient and fun place to pick up your rental. Companies with depots here include Hertz and Thrifty.
This popular spot near the famous sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel features on many Dubai visitor itineraries. The lovely white-sand beach stretches along the coast to the south of central Dubai - why not pick up your rental car while you’re here? You can rent with Europcar, Sixt, Dollar or Alamo at the various hotels in the area and Thrifty at the Mercato Mall.
Inland from Dubai Airport is Mirdif, bordered by the busy Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Mushrif Park. This residential area is full of gated communities and a popular mall called City Centre Mirdif. Here you can rent a car with Thrifty.
Motor City/Sports City/Studio City
These themed developments have great facilities supporting their respective concepts - theme parks, go-karting, fields and stadiums and music venues. They are located off Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, not far from the Palm Jumeirah. Hertz has a depot here, in Motor City.
Across from Dubai Airport and next to Garhoud is Umm Ramool, a residential and commercial community and easily accessible for those flying in. Here you can pick up a car with Go Car Rental or Hertz.
This international air hub, located close to the heart of the city, is the world’s busiest airport, processing thousands of passengers each day whether they are staying or just passing through. It is home to counters for almost every Dubai car rental company across its three depots.
Al Maktoum Airport
This secondary airport in Jebel Ali is less than 40 kilometres southwest of the city centre. A handful of passenger lines currently operate from here, although there are plans for huge capacity. Here you can pick up a rental car from any one of a number of suppliers - Dollar, Europcar, Avis, Thrifty, Sixt and Go Car Rental.
This airport is located to the northeast of Dubai in Sharjah. It is used primarily for cargo and also is the home of the low-cost passenger carrier Air Arabia. Europcar, Dollar, Go Car Rental, Avis, Payless, Sixt, and Budget have counters here.