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Gitex 2019: Dubai to launch limo, driver hire services, says DTC CEO

The driver-hire service will cost AED 40 per hour, with a minimum charge of AED 80 for two hours

Gitex 2019: Dubai to launch limo, driver hire services, says DTC CEO
Users will be able to request an electric Tesla, a family limo, a vehicle built for people of determination and a dedicated ‘ladies’ limo, in addition to a standard vehicle.

The Road and Transport Authority’s Dubai Transport Corporation (DTC) plans to launch a rent-a-car service that will be priced lower than Careem or Uber, according to local media reports.

Quoting DTC CEO Dr Yousef Al Ali, Gulf News is reporting that the users will be able to request an electric Tesla, a family limo, a vehicle built for people of determination and a dedicated ‘ladies’ limo, in addition to a standard vehicle via the DTC app.

“We are more cost-effective than others as our limos and the technology we use are our own assets,” Al Ali was quoted as saying. “There is no commission [passed on to the consumer]. We also have promo codes for discounts and special rates for frequent users.”

Additionally, riders using the service will be exempt from paying the AED 20 that regular taxis charge when crossing Dubai’s border into Sharjah.

“The DTC limo is already more expensive than regular taxis, so we didn’t put any additional charges [for going to Sharjah],” Al Ali said.

Drivers for hire

Al Ali also revealed that the DTC will be launching a new service that allows users to rent a personal driver to use their car via an app.

The service will cost AED 40 per hour, with a minimum charge of AED 80 for two hours. Users will be able to request the service through the official DTC app.

Dr Al Ali said the drivers can be used when someone is too exhausted to drive, when a regular family driver is on holiday, or when children have to be driven to school using a family vehicle.

Users will also be able to request male or female drivers, or drivers that speak languages including Arabic, English, Urdu or Hindi.

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