By Staff writer
More than 6,600 Emirati taxi plate owners will receive the one-off payment to help cope with increased living costs
Emirati taxi plate licensees have been granted more than $9 million (AED33.28 million) in bonuses, 25 percent more than last year, according to state news agency WAM.
With 6656 licensees, each will receive an average of $1360 (AED5000).
The bonuses, awarded by Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, were to help licensees, who earn a fixed income from taxi plates, better cope with increased living costs, Roads and Transport Authority director general Mattar Al Tayer said.
"This bonus is one of several other generous gestures we are accustomed to from His Highness that are a true testament to the support accorded by Sheikh Mohammed to his people and the attention he pays to their social affairs and living conditions, particularly those with fixed incomes. It also illustrates the attention made to provide good living to all members of the community, and articulates the prevailing social solidarity concepts among individuals," Al Tayer said.