Double boost for Budget Dubai with award, new HQ


Budget Car Rental Dubai, a franchise of Budget International, has moved to its new headquarters in Deira.

The move to the new Zeenah Building in Deira coincided with the company receiving the best car rental company in the Middle East award by the Business Traveller Middle East magazine.

"The move is the culmination of weeks of planning but the inaugural best car rental company award was an unscheduled bonus, according to general manager Duncan Peat.

The award was based on the 2002 reader survey conducted by magazine.

"This is a particularly significant accolade as the judges are the most important people of all - our customers," said Peat.

"We always strive to deliver top quality service so it's very encouraging to have our customers confirm that we're getting it right."

Budget's move to its 400 sq m head office in the newly completed Zeenah Building opposite Deira City Centre is part of the customer service commitment, he said.

"We are conveniently situated for the airport and the city centre, and for business and leisure hotels. Clients can find us very easily and we can get vehicles to them very quickly."

Garaging and servicing of Budget's rental fleet of 1,800 vehicles is still handled from the company's Rashidya workshops, including 800 falling under the company's fleet-management service that provides full maintenance leasing to corporate clients.

The rental fleet ranges from self-drive economy cars to chauffeur-driven Cadillac limousines, as well as mini-buses and coaches.

Rental business had been growing by eight per cent annually until the setbacks of last year but has now almost completely recovered, said Peat.