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You can either rent the car at the airport or from different locations located throughout the city. You can a small new car from about 150 Dhs for one day. Longer rental periods will usually get a better daily rate.
In order to rent a car UAE residents need to show their UAE driving license. Foreign visitors must have an International Driving Permit and submit a copy of their passport and visa.
Gas/petrol prices are fairly low because the UAE is an oil-producing country. If you are driving your rental car to Dubai, you must ensure the car has a SALIK (road toll) tag. You will be billed for the amount of the tolls due when you return the car to the rental company.
Taxis are a common form of transport in Abu Dhabi and relatively cheap compared to other countries. There are several types of taxis.
The most expensive are the limousines which can be booked by phone (all white or all black run by companies such as Al Ghazal) or from your hotel. These taxis are all metered but certain trips have a fixed price (such as airport transfers).
The silver taxis are run by different companies under Trans AD rules but all have the same appearance. They are always metered. These can be obtained by flagging down with a clear hand signal or wave, at a taxi rank (e.g outside a mall) or booked in advance on Trans AD hotline 600 535 353 for an additional 5 Dirhams.
WARNING: Drivers of silver taxis must ALWAYS use the meter. There have been examples of drivers trying to negotiate very high prices in advance (particularly at the cruise terminal). This practice is illegal and should not be tolerated. In some cases they are taking many times more than the standard metered charge. If the driver refuses to use the meter or demands a tip, call the Trans AD hotline 600 535 353 or the police on 999.
With taxis from the airport you have no other option than to take the new (introduced in late 2013) 7-seater minibus to your destination. This has the same rate as the silver taxis except the flag-fall price is 25 Dirhams. This makes a down-town hotel trip about 85-100 Dirhams.
Please note that cash is required for paying taxi fares. Credit cards are not accepted by taxis in Abu Dhabi. If you do not have cash it is not unusual for your hotel to allow you to pay the fare and add this to your hotel bill.
As well as taxis it is also possible to get around Abu Dhabi by public bus - see the section on Public Transport for further details.
Tipping of taxi drivers is expected but not compulsory. It is illegal for taxi drivers in Abu Dhabi to demand a tip.