One of the most popular modes of public transportation in Dubai is the taxi. Taxi services in Dubai are abundant and can be hailed down, while on the road or booked to arrive at your doorstep. Dubai Transport Corporation (DTC), a subsidiary of Dubai Government RTA operates the government taxi service called Dubai Taxi (cream coloured with a red roof). They also license other private taxi operators which are also cream coloured, though the roofs are differently coloured. Private taxi services include Arabia Taxi (green roof), City Taxi (purple roof), Cars Taxi (blue roof), Metro taxi (orange roof), National Taxi (yellow roof) and the Pink Taxi (owned and operated by government owned Dubai Taxi for women and families with a pink roof).
From January 2013, passengers travelling by Dubai taxis also have to pay for Salik (toll gate) charges which are automatically added to their taxi meter. Online reservation /booking systems are available to passengers. You can order ‘pink taxis’ with female drivers, catering to ladies and families. Special taxis catering to the people of determination are also readily available. Heavy transport taxi carriers are also available for the airport.
Dubai Taxi also has a daily, weekly or monthly booking service called 'In-Safe Hands Services' which is specifically targeted at people of determination, women, children, students and families. There is also a chauffeur service called Mashaweer, where customers can use their own cars and hire drivers from DTC. There is also a six hour and 12 hour rental service, as well as the pink taxi service with a lady driver only for ladies and families to use. Customers coming through Dubai Airport can also request for the DTC VIP taxi service which uses luxury model cars for customers.
Now you can even book a taxi from your mobile while travelling on the Metro. The moment you step out of your station, your taxi will be waiting for you. To book a taxi by SMS, send the metro station code to 4774. Example send SMS to 4774 with this message: R25A. (R stands for Red Line, 25 for station number and A for entrance of the station to get your waiting taxi).
Dubai Taxi & RTA have introduced a new fleet of taxis called 'Hala' Taxis. These black and white coloured Hala taxis can only be booked through a smart app, or phone and cannot be flagged down on the road, thus saving on waiting time for those who call or use the app. Hala taxis have free Wi-fi service, tablet PCs, and smart meters for payment by credit card, Nol, NFC and cash. Call 04-2080808 to book your Hala taxi in Dubai. There is also the option of hiring sleek black luxury VIP taxis (Infiniti or Lexus) from Dubai Taxi. Usually available from Dubai Airport, these VIP taxis can also be booked by calling 04-2080808. Starting meter is AED 50, with payment by credit card or cash and equipped with highly qualified drivers who have had accident-free, offence-free and complaint-free driving records.
Call Dubai Taxi on 04-2080808 to book any kind of taxi - Dubai Taxi CorporationDownload RTA Smart Taxi app for iPhone - RTADownload RTA Smart Taxi app for Android- RTABook a Dubai taxi by SMS - Dubai Taxi CorporationDubai Taxi fares – Dubai Taxi CorporationLost items service - Dubai Taxi CorporationIn-Safe Hands Dubai Taxi Services Booking form - Dubai Taxi CorporationLadies taxi service - Dubai Taxi CorporationDTC VIP taxi services - Dubai Taxi CorporationRTA launches taxi booking service for Metro users- Gulf NewsDTC launches Mashaweer chauffeur service - Khaleej TimesHala taxi to reduce waiting time in Dubai - Gulf NewsShake your smartphone to get a taxi in Dubai -Gulf News