Dubai car rental sector continues to thrive

DubaiDubai’s car hire sector continues to perform strongly, as a number of brands are expanding their hire offerings and are announcing plans for future growth.

Some 15.79 million international visitors ventured to Dubai in 2017, up from 14.87 million a year previously, with around one in five arriving from Western Europe.

The UK is the Emirate’s third largest source market, with visitor numbers rising by 2% year-on-year, and most are keen to explore what Dubai has to offer.

Thrifty Car Rental has moved to open another desk at Dubai International Airport in a bid to take advantage of the growing number of arrivals to the Emirate.

They join a wealth of other car hire firms who are keen to boost their presence at airports across the globe.

Dubai was named the second best city in the world for luxury travellers – beaten only by Paris – by three million respondents to a survey on the Luxury Hotel Guide website.

Meanwhile it has become the destination of choice among millennials and car hire firms have moved to meet this surge in demand.

Shift Car Rental has just marked 10 years in the Dubai market and now has a fleet of more than 7,000 vehicles operating in the city.

As a pioneering car hire firm in Dubai, the firm has worked to deliver a culture of care and is also pushing environmental sustainability with the introduction of electric cars and other cutting-edge technology to the fleet.

New locations are in the pipeline in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi to provide even greater convenience to those looking to travel around the UAE.

A report titled UAE Car Rental and Leasing Marking Forecast to 2020 – Demand from Work Expats and E-Bookings to Drive Growth shows that the UAE has the second largest car rental market in the whole Middle East region.

It also details a rise in long term car rentals in the country, although it notes that the Expo 2020 Dubai is also having a big influence on growth in the leisure sector, with hundreds of developments being built to meet the expected tourist arrivals for the event.

If you’re planning to visit the UAE and want to hire a car, you may wish to consider car hire excess insurance to protect you should your car be damaged or stolen. Get a quote today and see how much the additional cover could cost you.

Date Created: 06 March 2018

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