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Tipping should continue

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

Tipping should continue

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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kingkaiser 6 years ago

Agree with you on tipping, especially when it comes to cabbies. They are thoroughly marginalized individuals, who have to deal with both the awful traffic and road attitudes, as well as the attitudes of many of their customers. Most of these men are spending literally years away from their children, missing first words, steps, etc, and working hours that none of us would want to. An extra 5 dirhams won't impact any of our bank balances, but will be meaningful to them.

Egyptian in Dubai 6 years ago

Can't agree more. It also applies to food delivery guys who drive their motorcycles in severe weather conditions and get exposed to dangers of riding a bike in Dubai to get your meal on time and hot enough for you not to complain against them. Few more dirhams for those hardworking people who preferred working in such jobs over unemployment won't break the bank but will make a much needed difference for them

MT3 6 years ago

Seriously! Taxi drivers have to cope with the awful traffic conditions? They're largely to blame for them in the first place. Get me there safely, I'll tip; drive like an idiot and I won't.

Rob Jones 6 years ago

Cabbies, I completely agree with, in tipping; they have a stressful job of having to meet targets and quotes, dealing with rude people and driving in Dubai. Granted some people think they cause traffic and are unruly, but how about you try driving for 12 hours a day and see how you cope?
The food delivery people, I do not agree with, I use to tip them at least 20-30% of the charge (regardless of the delivery surcharge added to the bill), but when some of them expect a tip, as in do not give your change back, that I take offense to.
Number 1, it is up to the customer to offer or give a tip, not the delivery person, simply by saying 'no change', AND walk away - especially when your change is over AED 20.
Number 2, being a delivery driver, accepting payments for goods, are not you suppose to have change readily available?

Abed Alraheem Mreish 6 years ago

Actually Dubai drivers suffering to come to Dubai and start working there and suffering in there live there , I asked many drivers about there's salary and it's around 3 K AED and they paid for the accommodation also so if you stop pay for them extra as tip from where he will continue paying his bills , and by the end if the system of paying will change and become more systemize , if you want to pay tip it's will reflect your respect to his job in society and he will be thankful .

MKD 6 years ago

Taxis in Dubai are not very reliable and most of the time don't know the direction, get lost or have a bad attitude. I hardly ever come across nice taxi driver in Dubai but when i do I tip!

Maxi Allen 6 years ago

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

Kirk Schlup 6 years ago

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.

max 6 years ago

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.

Bugs Bunny 6 years ago

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.