Al Maktoum International Airport is one of the two international airports of Dubai city. It is a relatively new airport, which was opened in 2010. At the initial stage of its construction, there were several suggestions for the airport name. In 2007, it was named in honour of a member of the ruling dynasty of Dubai, the late sheikh. When its expansion is completed, the airport will be able to service 200 million passengers a year and become the world's largest one. At the present time, 5 runways and 3 passenger terminals operate here.
The airport is connected with the city and the other international airport by buses, taxis, and limousines. Buses of route number F55 depart from the terminals and go to the Ibn Battuta Dubai Metro Station, and those of route number F55A go to the Satwa Bus Station. You can quickly and conveniently reach any place of the city with the help of the official taxi service "RTA taxis". A free shuttle bus runs between Terminals 1 and 3. Besides, the terminals are connected by the underground line.
Several major international car rental companies provide their services in Al Maktoum International Airport. These are Budget, Alamo, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Sixt, and some other smaller companies, such as Max Car Rental, Payless, Autorent, W&B Rent a Car. The information desks of the representatives of the companies are located in the arrival hall of the passenger terminals. The companies, whose car rental facilities are not placed in the terminal buildings, meet their customers and take them to the offices, where they will be able to receive their leased cars, free of charge.
The hire cost already includes all additional charges and taxes. However, if you need some additional options (for example, a baby seat, introducing the second driver into the contract, installation of navigator, and so on), you will have to pay extra in accordance with the fixed tariffs. All companies may offer a wide range of cars of different classes. According to the rules, you are required to present an international driver's license, but a domestic driving permit is often accepted, if the data are written in Latin alphabet.
The customers return the leased cars in Parking A, in Rental car return zone. When making a reservation, you can choose another place in the city where you will return a vehicle. Even if the contract is already signed, having notified the company in good time, you can change the site where the car will be returned.
You may hire a vehicle not only in a car rental office, but also with the help of the online service (for instance, flydubai or a similar one).