How to rent a car in Qatar
Whether you’re staying in Qatar or here for a visit, discovering the town in your comfort is the only way we recommend to go. We highly recommend renting a car in Qatar and making your way across town without the hassle of spending an elaborate budget on taxis.
Here are a few things you need to keep in mind when you are looking to rent a car in Qatar.
If you’re traveling, it doesn’t matter where you’ve got your license for but, you must know that it is against the law to drive here without a driving license. A visitor can drive up to 7 days in the country and if you hold an international driving license, you can rent and drive a car in Qatar for up to 3 months.
If you’re a Qatar resident, you need to have a valid Qatar ID card or passport along with a Qatar driving license.
Conditions For Renting a Car
Most companies usually ask for a credit card as a sure-shot guarantee for the return of the car. However, you need to deposit a security deposit at the centers before you can take the car. This amount can be from QR 1, 000 to QR 1,500 and you will have the option to pay either via cash, credit, or debit card, depending on the company you choose. This deposit is usually returned within 2 weeks of you returning the vehicle to the company.
Even though you get a driving license at the age of 18, you cannot rent a car if you are below 21 in Qatar. Check-in with your rental company for their age limits as they tend to vary.
The rule of thumb is always that the latest model costs the most, naturally. However, your renting fees will be charged by calculating the amount of time you are renting the car, e.g; a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly contract will be provided. If you keep the car for longer than the contract, you will be charged for that separately! Your rental car rates start from QR 90 and go up to QR 4000, depending on the type of car you’re looking for. A small or medium car will cost you a maximum of QR 200 whereas luxury cars go up to QR 4000.
Selecting the vehicle
Always plan according to your needs! If you’re a family with children, always go for bigger cars. Most locals rent cars to go camping or to the desert so they naturally opt for 4 wheelers. There are ample cars to choose from so make sure you exhaust all your options for settling down on one. Your choice should depend on your usage of the car, the price and lastly, the type.
QL Tip: Always check the car thoroughly before taking it out of the center. It’s best to take pictures to avoid any problems.
Whether you are a resident in Qatar or new to the country, you will be explained the fundamentals of driving in Qatar related to accidents, maintenance, traffic rules verbally and also in form of a written contract. Some companies also provide you with extra benefits such as protection insurances, drivers, children's seats to name a few. You can always do thorough research before finalising which company you are going for depending on the type of insurance and services you get from them.
Rental Car Companies in Qatar
Al Muftah Rent a Car
+974 7063 4433
Avis Rent a Car
+974 4466 7744
Country Rent a Car
+974 4468 7507
+974 4010 8888
Herzt Car Rental
+974 4488 9944
Jabrco Rent a Car
+974 4415 2020
National Car rental
+974 4474 0666
Oasis Rent a Car
+974 4413 0011
+974 4495 3876 ext. 1501
Strong Rent a Car
+974 4446 6000 (multiple branches)
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