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Rent car to travel around United Arab Emirates

Rent car to travel around United Arab Emirates

08.02.2016
Traveling around Abu Dhabi by a rental car. In the XVIII century, Abu Dhabi consisted of a fort and fishing huts located on the beach near the fortress. Today it's one of the richest and the most amazing cities in the world. Make sure to visit it one day – – it's worth it!

Half a century ago, the United Arab Emirates was a provincial suburb. But now it's one of the world centres.

Driving on local roads is quite an interesting experience. Moreover, you can swim on the beaches of the Persian Gulf. This place is famous for Sinbad the Sailor.

How to rent a car

There are offices of all major car rental companies in Abu Dhabi. But you can take the car from local rental company to save money. To get a car, you have to present:

  • international driver's licence;
  • credit card.

Local roads and drivers

The traffic rules are simple and clear. There are only two speed limits:

  • in the city – up to 60kmph;
  • outside the city – 120kmph.
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However, local drivers don't pay a lot of attention to other vehicles, they can break the rules and be rude.

In Abu Dhabi, make sure to visit the mosque and the mausoleum of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, whose name is related to the prosperity of the country.

The local mosque is one of the largest in the world, and it's a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. The mosque is opened for visitors. Near the mosque, there is the brilliant mausoleum, which is one of the most revered shrines in the world. Photo and video are strictly prohibited.

Then we walked along the 10-km-long promenade and visited beautiful city beaches.

The following morning, we drove to the Ferrari World. All the objects in the park are directly or indirectly associated with this brand of sports cars. You can race, compete in the wheels replacing or learn the history of the brand.

In the capital of the United Arab Emirates, don't forget to look at one of the most creative buildings of modern architecture:

  • Aldar Headquarters Building (in the form of a glass lens);
  • Capital Gate (the "falling skyscraper");
  • 300-metre-high Burj Al Marina tower (you can enjoy the surrounding and the Persian Gulf from an observation deck).

We moved away from the coast to visit the deserts in Al-Ain. There is an Arab village, where you can at traditional Arab houses and try local dishes. Nearby, there is the Palace of Al Ain, which was the residence of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan.

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In the city centre, there is an oasis, which was providing life in these places. There are palm trees, sources, thermal baths, and an ice rink. On the command of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, the National Museum was built next to the park. You can get acquainted with the history of these places and indigenous people.

The main attraction of the ridge, passing close to the city, is the peak of Jebel Hafeet. On its surface, there are fossils of ancient marine animals. You can easily reach the mountain with a magnificent road enjoying breath-taking views around.

There is a magnificent 53-kilometer road from Al Ain to Dubai. You can drive up to 140kmph. However, it's not necessary to accelerate. It's better to drive slowly to see the grand Dubai Outlet Mall.

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At the entrance to Dubai, there is Burj Khalifa which is the tallest building in the world. First of all, we moved to local observation decks. Then we visited city subway, which impresses tourists with its degree of automation and design.

The next day we visited the Jumeirah Mosque. This is also a new building made from modern materials. But the architectural style is carefully preserved. Before entering the mosque, you have to do a ritual of purification with water.

Then we took a tour around the city. First, we drove on the highway of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan to look at all the major buildings of Dubai: Emirates Tower, Millennium Tower, Chelsea Tower, and shopping malls which create the business centre of Dubai. We also visited the artificial Dubai Marina island.

Finally, we drove to the Jumeirah Beach Park for a beach holiday. It's an oasis among the sand dunes. You can spend a whole day here with no worries!

Then we drove back to Abu Dhabi along the Persian Gulf, where we had taken the car without a driver for rent, and moved to the airport to fly home.

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