Hourly Car Rental Launches in Dubai

The hourly, maybe by the minute, car-rental system comes back to Dubai.


Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, has issued a resolution on September 27, in his capacity as President of the Dubai Executive Council, that will allow people to rent cars on an hourly basis. As per the RTA, the new rules mean the vehicle must not be rented out for more than six hours in a day, and that the car should not be taken outside the UAE. The person who rents the vehicle must have a valid driving license, and the company renting out the vehicle must obtain a special permit from the RTA.

“The hourly leasing service was approved because it will help reduce private car ownership and will be particularly handy for people who want to drive to and from the metro, bus and tram stations.  This means people can do the majority of their commuting on public transport, and then complete the final short leg in a car, eventually reducing traffic,” says Mattar Al Tayer, the Director General of the RTA.

The Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai (RTA), is the major independent government transportation authority in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was established in 2005 and is responsible for planning and executing transport or traffic projects along with legislation and strategic plans of transportation in the city.