Even there is metro, bus and water transport, people depend largely on taxis to travel around Dubai.Taxis work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including public and religious holidays.
Taxi service in Dubai is regulated by Roads and Transport Authority Dubai (RTA).You can book a taxicab in Dubai by dialing: 04-2080808.You can also get a taxi from the taxi stand or you can just flag one down on the street, if the taxi is not occupied (red light means it is occupied, or booked, yellow light means it is available).
The Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC), a subsidiary of Dubai RTA (Roads and Transport Authority), is the largest taxi operator in Dubai.The Public Taxi is recognizable by its simplistic red roof top only and the occasional Advertisement ads on the doors and back bumper.Minimum trip cost for Dubai Taxi franchise taxis is AED 10 dhs.
|Fare Condition||Daytime 06:00 – 22:00||Night time 22:00 – 06:00|
|Street pickup||AED 3.00||AED 3.50|
|Booked||AED 6.00||AED 7.00|
|Dubai International Airport||AED 20.00||AED 20.00|
|Port Rashid Cruise Terminal||AED 20.00||AED 20.00|
|Running Charges||AED 1.60/km||AED 1.60/km|
|Waiting Charges||AED 0.50/minute||AED 0.50/minute|
|Minimum trip charge||AED 10.00 or AED 20.00 to Sharjah||AED 10.00 or AED 20.00 to Sharjah|
Salik toll charges (AED 4.00 each gate) will be automatically added to the fare.
How to book a taxi?
- Through the booking center by dialing 04-2080808
- Via smartphones – The App is available for android and iOS devices.
- Download RTA Smart Taxi App from your app store
- Get registered to use the app
- Sign in and book a taxi.
- App identifies your location, sends the details to the nearest driver, who will then be allocated.
- Via telephone
- Cars Taxis – +971 4 2693344 / 2017035
- National Taxis – + 971 4 339 0002
- Metro Taxis – + 971 4 267 3222
- Arabia Taxis – +971 4 2222 144
- Taxi by SMS – only Etisalat numbers can use the SMS Taxi Service, Du numbers are not supported
- Type the Area Number (English Digits e.g. 1, 2, 3) according to the area you are in (refer here for the list of service areas and their area numbers ).
- Send the SMS to 4774.
- The “Reservation Number” will be sent via SMS to your mobile number.
Points to be noted
- Private taxis are considered illegal in Dubai
- Passengers can get fined for using illegal car pool service.
- Each emirate has its own licenses for taxis. So if you catch a taxi in Dubai,make sure you should catch only a Dubai registered taxi.