According to figures released by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) the amount of taxis booked in the first half of the year almost doubled over the same period last year.
We are clearly an upwardly mobile bunch here in Dubai, as the RTA’s Booking and Dispatch Centre executed 4.3 million requests in the first half of 2017 versus 2.9m in the first six months of 2016.
The centre also continued to up their game with the average time taken to dispatch a taxi cut from 14 minutes last year to just under 12 this year.
The RTA are also not afraid to chuck out the rule book it seems when it comes to increasing the experience for its passengers.
Earlier this year HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director General of RTA, inked an agreement with renowned entrepreneur Elon Musk’s electric car company Tesla, to purchase 200 vehicles which will be added to its limousine fleet.
Five more reasons why Dubai Taxis are the most affordable and technologically advanced in the world:
- Most affordable: According to The Carspring 2017 Taxi Price Index, Dubai taxi fares are the fifth cheapest in the world. The index compared the cost of taxi rides in 80 most popular cities and Dubai ranked five among cheapest fares.
- Wi-Fi: You don’t have to be alone with your thoughts if you’ve run out of mobile data as taxis here have free Wi-Fi. No more FOMO, click some of your best selfies and post them while stuck in traffic.
- LCD screens: DTC cabs are also kitted out with interactive LCD screens that enable tourists to update their itinerary with the latest attractions. These small screens will even calculate your taxi fare well in advance, so you have a rough idea of how much you have to pay before you reach your destination.
- Careem: You no longer have to wait in the heat and humidity, tirelessly hailing cabs. You can now book RTA taxis through the Careem app. To use this cash-only service, open Careem, choose ‘taxi’ as a new option to be matched with the nearest RTA taxi from 10,000 cars operated by six franchises. You can track your taxi as the plate number will appear on screen, so you don’t end up in the wrong cab.
- Smart meters: Goodbye awkward attempts at navigation and wrong turns that have your fare spiralling out of control. Smart meters have updated maps for the entire UAE. The Makani system, that allocates a unique number to each building in Dubai, also makes getting lost a thing of the past.