Like any modern city you can find car rental services in Abu Dhabi easily, either at the airport or in the city. There is not that much public transport so rental cars are a good option. To rent a car in Abu Dhabi you need an International Driver's Permit and your own driver's license. Drivers need to be over 18 years old but many rental companies require drivers to be over 25 years old and others 21.
Here are the most established and recommended car rental companies in Abu Dhabi.
This is an international company which finds the best deals for you. They offer saloon cars, vans, SUVs and luxury vehicles. Two stand-out features of this company are that airport surcharges are paid (other companies require that you pay certain fees at the airport) and they offer fully inclusive rates with unlimited mileage. There are LiveChat information services for the UK and USA. Cars cannot be delivered.
Budget has a LiveChat information service. When you book online you get a free upgrade and free CDW coverage. There are four pick-up points in Abu Dhabi including several hotels but their main branch is in Dubai. There are often attractive deals like the weekend rates they now offer.
This company has 9 pick-up points in Abu Dhabi including several hotels. Among their fleet of vehicles are sports cars, economy cars, luxury, 4X4s and they have chauffeur driven cars. They can provide GPS, baby seats etc. there is a delivery service available for a fee. The company has a loyalty program.
This company offers 18 pick-up locations throughout the country including Sharjah and Dubai and the airports in all three of these cities. In Abu Dhabi there are four pick-up points including the Hilton and Crowne Plaza Hotels. Their airport officers operate 24/7. They have the option "Drive per Hour" of renting a car of their choice per hour.
They offer 8 pick-up locations in Abu Dhabi as well as pick-up in Fujairah, Dubai, Ras al Khaimah and Sharjah. Unlike many of the other companies they display their prices on the website without you first having to request a quote. There is 24/7 service and the cars have GPS.
This is an Abu Dhabi based company offering economy cars, luxury cars, 4X4s and buses. There is also a chauffeur driven service and tailor made transport solutions. Their rates start at 200AED per day for a small economy car and a Nissan Pathfinder goes for 800AED per day. There are 5 pick-up locations in Abu Dhabi including the Holiday Inn.
This internationally trusted company has 4 pick-up points in Abu Dhabi and in all has 20 branches throughout the UAE. The list of services offered is extensive including delivery, one-way drop off, baby seats, chauffeur driven cars and GPS. Their fleet of cars range from economy to luxury. This is a company with top quality service but not always the cheapest deals.
They rent cars in the UAE, Oman and Saudi Arabia within the UAE they operate in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. They have SUV 4X4s, saloon cars and a limousine service. First 250km per day is free after which there is a fee. The company boasts a Pay-As-You-Drive system based on the concept of "if you drive only 100km a day why should you pay the same as someone who drives more". Their main locations in Abu Dhabi are on Passport Road and in the Mussafah Industrial Area.
Diamond Toll Free Number: 800DRIVE
Diamond has 14 pick-up points including the airport and locations in Dubai. They offer 4X4 vehicles, saloons, trucks, buses and luxury chauffer services. Rates are per day (24 hours from pick-up time). If you exceed mileage of 350km per day there is an additional charge. In some cased they deliver cars for an additional fee. Rates vary but special deals are available at about 52AED per day.
This is a luxury car rental company which also offers VIP chauffeur driven cars and limousines. They operate in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The cars they offer include Rolls Royces, Wiesmann, Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini and Porsches. They also offer a chauffeur driven limousine service. The company is based on Khalidya Street next to Union National Bank. There are 3 pick-up locations in Abu Dhabi but with this exclusive and elite service I would imagine that anything is possible (at a price).