You can soon book RTA taxis in Dubai through Careem app

Time Out has details as it is announced that you can soon book RTA taxis in Dubai through Careem app

There are times when it seems almost impossible to catch a cab in Dubai.

You stand on a street corner waiting for ages but all you see are red lights (the ones on the top of the booked taxis that is).

So you may have become a more regular user of car booking apps like Careem as a reliable alternative that actually allows you to know (and see on your mobile screen) that there’s a ride coming your way.

If you’re a diehard Dubai taxi user, you’ll be delighted to hear that the Dubai-based car app has just struck a deal with the RTA that will see a fleet of 9,841 city cabs registered and bookable through Careem.

Essentially, you can now e-hail taxis in Dubai (that’s the terminology for booking transportation via virtual devices, by the way).

“We don’t want to close the door on anyone; there is a possibility of more companies coming under the RTA umbrella,” Gulf News reported RTA boss Mattar Al Tayer as saying, which can quite easily be interpreted as a nudge to Uber to join the party.

Careem-booked taxis will allow users to pay for the RTA taxis in cash, credit card and via Nol card (not that the last two payments have a very good track record in cabs).

The merge represents a move towards Dubai authorities’ plans for an Integrated Mobility Platform (IMP) that will include every single means of transport in the city in one app.

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