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Posted On: 1 July 2021 06:00 pm
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Guide to rent a car in Qatar

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Guide to rent a car in Qatar

Many car rental companies in Qatar offer competitive rates on a wide range of rental vehicles - small saloon, medium saloon, SUV, and luxury cars. So, whether you need a temporary transport service due to a sudden car repair or you are taking a road trip with your family and you need a larger vehicle, or you simply want to drive a red Ferrari for a joyride — do not worry because car rental centers in Qatar are everywhere!

But first things first, check out some points that you need to know on how to go about renting a car in Qatar below. Happy renting!

Documents required

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Driving License requirements for Qatar Residents:

  • Copy of valid Qatari ID / Copy of valid passport
  • Duration allowed to drive in Qatar: Until expiration date
  • Copy of valid Qatar driving license (if you don't have a Qatar driving license, the requirements mentioned below will apply)

Driving license requirement for Non-Residents:

  • GCC Driving License (Bahrain / Kuwait / Oman / Saudi / UAE)
    • Duration allowed to drive in Qatar: Until expiration date
  • GCC Driving License (Nationalities other than Gulf Nationals)
    • Duration allowed to drive in Qatar: 14 days from entry to Qatar
  • International Driving License from Country of Origin (all nationalities)
    • Duration allowed to drive in Qatar: 3 months from entry to Qatar

Age requirement

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Although 18 years is the minimum age requirement to apply for light motor vehicles and motorcycle licenses in Qatar, to rent a car the minimum age for drivers is 21 years. It varies depending on the insurance of the rental company.

Payment terms

  • Security deposit: To rent a car in Qatar, a security deposit is required by the car rental centers. Depending on the car rental company, the security deposit ranges from QR 1,000 to QR 1,500. You can pay either by cash, debit card, or credit card. The security deposit will be returned to you 14 days after you have returned the vehicle.
  • Rental fee: The rental fee varies depending on the brand and model of the vehicle. Rental rates are calculated based on daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly contracts. Most of the time car rental centers have promotions, so don’t forget to inquire about it. Rentals returned after the due date without prior arrangements will be charged for an extra time period.
    • Small saloons range from QR 90 to QR 150
    • Medium saloons range from QR 150 to QR 200
    • SUVs range from QR 180 to QR 270
    • Luxury cars range from QR 210 to QR 3,900

Extra Services

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Besides 24/7 customer service and roadside assistance, some car rental companies offer added services including but not limited to: Additional drivers, child seats, extended roadside protection, and accident protection. You can inquire about these added services from the respective sales professional. Other information related to traffic violation, road accident, car damage, car maintenance, etc., will be discussed with you and is also written in the rental agreement form.

List of some car rental companies in Qatar (in alphabetical order)

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  • Al Muftah Rent A Car
    • Location: Main branch, D Ring Road - Near Commercial Bank
    • Phone: +974 7063 4433
    • Website:
  • AVIS Rent A Car
    • Location: Main branch, New Salata - Near Classical Palace
    • Phone: +974 4466 7744
    • Website:
  • Herzt Car Rental
  • Jabrco Rent A Car
  • Oasis Rent A Car
  • Strong Rent A Car: Main branch - 8 am to 8 pm, Other branches 11 am to 8 pm
    • Haloul Road, Abu Hamour (Main branch): +974 4446 6000, +974 3303 0650
    • Airport Branch: +974 4010 8861, +974 5012 3189
    • The Pearl Branch: +974 4446 6000, +974 5560 1206
    • Radisson Blu Hotel Branch: +974 4446 6000, +974 3321 0602
    • Barwa Village Branch: +974 3312 3443, +974 4446 6070
    • Website:


With a fantastic fleet of cars to choose from here in Qatar, are you ready to drive premium, or pay economy? Rent a sedan or SUV? Tell us in the comments section below, and don't sit behind the wheel without sharing this article -- it keeps us going!

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