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Want to drive rental car from Dubai to Muscat. Help!

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Want to drive rental car from Dubai to Muscat. Help!

My wife and I are thinking about driving a rental car from Dubai to Muscat for a few days during our upcoming Dubai trip. Online forums have led me to think that this is longer possible. I emailed our hotel concierge and they said due to some restrictions from new Omani legislation that many motorists were being turned around at the border (Hatta and other points). As a result, most Dubai car rental agencies ceased providing documentation for allowing cars into Oman. I emailed the US embassy in Oman and they were not aware of any issue. I spoke with the Oman embassy in the US and they too were not aware of an issue. I called the Oman embassy in Dubai (multiple times) and no one picked up. I spoke with a Hertz car rental agency in Dubai and they said that new legislation in Oman required so many hurdles (e.g. documentation and advance request) that the rental agencies decided to just not allow their cars in Oman for now; at least not until things clear up. Can anyone shed some light on whether any of these are the issue and if there is any solution for driving a rental from Dubai to Oman? I don't feel like flying since I want to see the coast line while having Muscat as the end point. You know what they say 'getting there is half the fun!' Thanks in advance for any advice!

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1. Re: Want to drive rental car from Dubai to Muscat. Help!

Search this forum as there was a thread a while back. I think it's possible but not via Hatta... I think you have to buy insurance at Oman border and have a letter from the hire company.

Personally, I feel the drive isn't that interesting. I would fly and then rent from Muscat. The guys from Avis in Muscat were great when I arranged 25 Landcruisers for a corporate event. Or rent a guide and his car in Muscat to drive you for a few days.

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2. Re: Want to drive rental car from Dubai to Muscat. Help!

Budget and National would allow previously, Avis and Europcar wouldnt, neither would Thrifty for non-sedans

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4. Re: Want to drive rental car from Dubai to Muscat. Help!

Coastline ?

The drive from Dubai to Muscat is mostly inland and takes 5 hours.

It is a hassle as you are finding out and fair play to you for contacting all of those agencies, however, you can fly to Muscat from Dubai in one hour, hire a car when you get there and explore as much coastline as you want.

That would seem to be a much more sensible option and save you a lot of time and hassle.

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The drive from Dubai to Muscat is all inland and, even though the coast is only a matter of a few kilometers away, you will not see it at all unless you detour from the main highway. It is also a very boring drive, on a mostly dual carriageway, with a very high number of heavy goods vehicles and, once you have seen a couple of date palm and banana plantations/farms you've probably seen enough of them. You also have to watch out for livestock (cattle and goats) and dogs wandering onto the road.

We used to drive between the two cities but no more - now we fly to Dubai and hire a car if we feel that we need a set of wheels which is what I would recommend you do if you wish to visit Oman and explore under your own steam.

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6. Re: Want to drive rental car from Dubai to Muscat. Help!

Thanks to all who replied- and so fast. I've read some of the other related threads in the forum, but unfortunately they seem dated given the new circumstances at the border. For those wondering about the coastline, it was based on a post by a previous traveler (link below). While I've read that one of the roads is busy with industrial trucks, perhaps the road mentioned in the link is not. https:/…

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7. Re: Want to drive rental car from Dubai to Muscat. Help!

Your call.

Do what you think is the right thing to do based on one traveller's blog or go with the views and experience of people that have lived in both places - HugeDXB and continue to live in Muscat.

As I say I would fly to Muscat and hire a car to do a coastal tour

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It sounds like a good road trip .

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9. Re: Want to drive rental car from Dubai to Muscat. Help!

Are Rental Car companies still refusing to rent cars for a return trip from Dubai to Muscat.

I'm planning a trip in March and it would be convenient to go by car with colleagues.

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