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Tipping should continue

Tipping your cabbie is as much custom as it is convenience for many of us

It’s become a matter of habit for most of us when taking a taxi somewhere.

If the fee is AED44, we will say “make it AED45”. Or, if it’s a AED28 fare, we say “change for AED30 will be fine”.

Tipping your cabbie is as much custom as it is convenience for many of us wanting to avoid a mountain of change in their purses or wallets.

But, with moves to make Dubai taxis a cashless, card payment system, some drivers are concerned they will lose a fortune on tips.

Whether by coincidence or design, three drivers in the space of a week politely refused any tip, instead riffling around their glove box for exact change for my fare.

It could be in readiness for the system changeover, though one proud driver said he did not believe in tips because he felt he did not earn them.

However, with taxi drivers among the lower wage earners in cashed-up Dubai, the money lost from future tips could be a tough move for drivers to contend with.

According to various references, the practice of tipping dates back to 17th century Tudor England where overnight guests to a person’s home would provide a tip to servants.

While the modern-day form of tipping varies between countries – in the US, for example, it is expected and factored into the cost of a meal or service – in other countries it’s an optional custom.

I, for one, think it’s not a bad thing to recognise good service and hope that tipping in Dubai, whether it be for a meal or a cab ride, continues.

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Posted by: Mick

50% of cabbies are smelly and rude, wearing their uniform with sandals and shirt hanging out and stained clothes. I travel every month and many of them don't bother helping me with my luggage. I don't need the help and usually tell them thank you for the kind offer but I have it.....when they do but they are expecting a tip and many don't bother even getting out as they pop the trunk/boot open. They don't use indicators, they drive recklessly and they screech off when they ask me where I'm going and I tell them and it's not far enough, without an explanation they, rudely, speed off, usually almost running over my feet while I'm leaning into the window.
50% are very kind guys. Great for a conversation, respectful (as I am respectful back).....these are the guys that drive safely, use indicators when crossing lanes and understand that my life is at risk, as well as theirs. Congenial. I am selective about how much I tip and some I wish I didn't tip at all (rudeness etc)...be choosy

Posted by: Bugs Bunny

You can still tip them if you wish. Carry some coins in your pocket. Too many times have I been vilified for advising the driver that I need him to stop somewhere for change if he doesn't have it. I welcome this change.

Posted by: max

I always tip taxi drivers except if they are a complete disaster - which has only happen once in several years.
I do not want to pay by card.
Cash is safer. There is a lot of card fraud.

Posted by: Kirk Schlup

I have found the taxi drivers in Dubai to be courteous and professional and as such, do not expect tips. Tipping should be reserved for extra-ordinary performance and if higher fares are needed to continue to attract good drivers, so be it - the Japanese model should be the one to emulate. It is not fair to aggravate the driver's stress by subjecting him to the whim of the customer.

Posted by: Maxi Allen

I may agree to tip some cabbies. But not all. Especially those rude ones.

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