Couple of things to start you off.
I do not know if Oman rental companies will allow you to take a rental car out of the country. So, maybe contact a couple of them to check.
It's a 4 1/2 > 5 hour drive. The 1st 3 > 3 1/2 hours are pretty boring. At the border it's quite pretty with mountains. It's a long drive with a 4 year old.
Visas are the easy bit, assuming US passport.You get will one when you enter Oman, when you leave you will get exit stamp, and then entry visa at the Dubai border post. Just queue up and visa stamped in your passport. When returning to Oman just reverse the process.
Have you thought about flying (approx 45 mins) then hiring a car in Dubai?Edited: 05 May 2013, 09:32
For a first time driving, actually the views are not that boring, in my opinion. That said, you plan to exit from Dubai or Muscat? It would be relatively easier to rent a car from Muscat if you returned the vehicle there. International firms like Hertz or Budget would have the option of return location being different from collect location. Check the boxes for your International and National Drivers Licenses; Car being insured for both countries; coverage of CDW as well as full insurance while you rent the car; necessary paperwork from the Car rental firm for inter-GCC usage.
UAE gives a free 30 days visa to US passport holders, which you can get at the border.
I've taken a rental car across to Dubai quite a few times now... you need to have letter from the company stating that they give you permission, and you need to collect the actual molkea ... not the photocopy like most rental places supply.
You will also need to check that they have UAE insurance... very easy to buy at the border if they don't have it... Zubair leasing does this for you, but other companies i have had to do it myself. Very easy, before you get your stamp in your passport go to the insurance counter and they will issue. I don't recall the cost for saloon car, but its OMR 15/- for 10 days for a 4x4.
Hmmm yes ou are correct... i have never found a place that has accepted a alternative country drop off.... be interesting to find out if there is anyone that rents in Muscat where this possible
wonder if anyone found places that do collection and drop off in different countries? Always good to know
Just so people understand fully, the "molkea" that rjm mentions above is the ownership card for the vehicle.
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