Avis Rent a Car and its subsidiaries operate one of the world’s best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,500 locations in more than 165 countries. Avis’ core business is car rental – including daily, weekly and monthly rentals, and short- and long-term leasing. Launched in 1946, the company was the first to rent cars from airport locations.
Avis grew rapidly during the 1950s through franchised and corporate-owned expansion within the United States and beyond. In 1975, Mr. Hareb Mohammed Al Otaiba, a highly respected and prominent businessman, successfully secured the Avis franchise in the United Arab Emirates – opening the company’s first office in Abu Dhabi.
Following initial success in the region, MHAO fast-tracked Avis’ expansion throughout the rest of the country. Today, Avis is well-established in Dubai and the northern Emirates and is the fastest growing transport provider in the UAE. The company also has franchisees in the US, Europe, Africa, Asia and elsewhere in the Middle East.