Careem reveals RTA taxi booking option

Users pay the fare on the meter and the driver gets a map to the destination

Careem reveals RTA taxi booking option

Careem has revealed a new option to book RTA taxis directly via the app.

Users will now be able to pay the fare on the meter automatically using their debit or credit card.

And in even better news, RTA drivers are given a map and directions to the rider's destination.

Careem is promising that it's "the most affordable ride in Dubai", although a small booking fee is added the fares are comparable to regular taxi rates.

To book, all you need to do is open up your Careem app and select 'RTA Taxi' on the car options menu (it's right above the confirm pickup button if you can't find it).

At the end of the journey, the fare will be automatically deducted from your chosen debit or credit card when the driver clicks 'end trip'.

It's still a brand-new feature, and in our experience drivers are still getting to grips with the technology – but it's a really handy development that will make ordering RTA taxis much easier.

Last month it was announced that every cab in the city is now equipped with a contactless card machine.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) confirmed that all 10,800 of its vehicles are now able to accept contactless payments.

That means you can finish the journey using your debit card, credit card, smartphone via Apple Pay or Samsung Pay, or even your Nol card. Of course, you can still pay by cash if you want to.

The initiative is part of efforts to make Dubai the smartest city in the world, which is something we can totally get behind.

For more information, go to rta.ae.

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