Few countries are more road trip worthy than the United Arab Emirates. The rich culture of the UAE varies so wildly from Emirate to Emirate that it can only be fully experienced by renting a car and embarking on a cross-country road trip. The great challenge of any road trip is finding a car that you can trust. It is especially true in Dubai, where car rental agencies offer extensive fleets, making settling on a single rental vehicle almost impossible. In this article, we’re going to be discussing some things to keep in mind when searching for the rental car that will help you make the most of your UAE road trip.
While preparing for a road trip across Dubai or the UAE, you should always give some thought to your fellow travelers. If you are traveling with a couple of friends, we suggest going with at least a five-seater that has plenty of leg and headroom. For particularly long drives, an SUV is ideal as it provides greater comfort. If you are traveling with children, you should choose a vehicle that has a superior in-car entertainment system, as youngsters tend to get restless during long drives.
The United Arab Emirates is made up of a variety of different terrains. City roads are generally well-paved, as are the nation's major highways. However, the same cannot be said of lesser-traveled roads in the UAE. If you foresee yourself veering off major roads, you're going to need a sturdy vehicle that is capable of traversing rough terrains. Similarly, if you wish to explore the UAE desert during your time in the country, you're going to have to spring for a vehicle that can withstand extreme heat and constant shocks.
The UAE is one of the hottest countries in the world. During the summer months, temperatures have been known to exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. As such, any vehicle you rent in the country should offer some degree of ventilation. Secondly, the longer your road trip, the more you will depend on proper ventilation and air conditioning. If traveling with multiple passengers, you can opt to rent a car with a sunroof to combat the stuffiness which often accompanies long road trips.
The cost of living in the United Arab Emirates can be pretty high. Things get particularly pricey in Dubai. If you intend to spend most of your time on the road, enjoying the natural beauty of the country, this won't be much of an issue. If you are hoping to do some shopping in Dubai's world-renowned boutiques, saving money on fuel should be a top priority. As such, we urge our shopaholic readers to pay particular attention to the fuel economy of any car they consider renting.
Many drivers don't pay enough attention to the safety features of a car before deciding whether they will rent it or not. In some cases, this can lead to disaster. Certain safety features lend themselves better to certain situations than others. For example, if you plan to spend a lot of time driving in the city, you should search for a car with pedestrian detection. If you are driving on lone highways for long periods, a vehicle with cruise control and driver attention detection should be selected.