The Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai has added 200 vehicles to its smart car rental fleet, bringing the total number of vehicles to 400. The move follows the success of the initial phase of the service.

RTA’s rental service has been seeing consistently increasing demand for its rental service, which sees high rates of journeys and rental hours. “The launch of this service is part of our response to the Smart City initiative of the Dubai Government,” said Adel Shakeri, Director of Transportation Systems, RTA Dubai. “Increasing the number of vehicles in smart car rental fleet from 200 to 400 vehicles contributes to our objectives of this service. From the launch in October 2017 up to the end of last August, the service has made 365,662 trips comprising 277,832 renting hours.”

Users of ‘eKar‘ and ‘Udrive‘ will now find it easy to rent a car for six hours without having to resort to human intervention in the process of receiving and returning the rental vehicle. The Roads and Transport Authority has a total of 45 locations for the rental service in Dubai. Five of the centers are situated at the metro stations of Rashidiya, Union, Burjman, Business Bay, and Ibn Battuta.


In addition to Udrive, users can also rent vehicles from the eKar service through the eponymous app. Image credits: Movmi

The smart rental cars come with several unique features such as free fuel from EPCCO and ADNOC service station, free insurance, and free parking (limited to RTA car parks). The user of the service can pay a fee of 50 fils per minute when parking the rental vehicle anywhere in Dubai and 40 fils per minute if the smart car is parked at the same starting point of the journey.

Residents who wish to avail of the service need to register on the two smartphone apps mentioned previously. An Emirates ID, driving licence, credit card, and a recent personal photograph is required to register. The applicant has to carry his/her Emirates ID for verification. Visitors are required to enter details of their passport, entry visa, driving licence, and credit card.

Adel Shakeri also said, “To operate the vehicle, the lease is required to key-in the personal identification number in the device fitted to the vehicle. When the need for the vehicle is ending, the user is required to lock it off through the app. The bill will be forwarded to the user online.”

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