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.