By Sarah Townsend
Company rolls out UberTour following chopper success at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Taxi hailing app Uber will offer a special helicopter tour of Dubai until early next year, the company has revealed.
UberChopper, an exclusive helicopter service introduced for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend and UAE National Day, proved so successful, Uber said in a statement to Arabian Business, that it has decided to continue the service for the time being.
It will continue in the form of UberTour, a 20-minute helicopter tour of Dubai, “until early next year”, Uber said.
The service is available from 10am and 4.30pm every day. It begins with a safety briefing at The Atlantis helipad. Then passengers will take off for a journey over Old Dubai, Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina.
A helicopter ride booked for a group of six costs AED530 per person, while individual seats cost AED630.
UberTour will be operated in the same way as the company’s car service, with bookings made through the app, according to Uber.
Once the location is confirmed, a taxi driver picks up customers and takes them to the helipad at Atlantis to begin their ride.
Jambu Palaniappan, regional general manager Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, told 7DAYS the response to the Grand Prix was “super positive”.
“Every trip that we offered was occupied. We’ve done this in a few cities; this [the UAE] is by far one of our most successful – a good chopper market.”
He added: “We are now running UberCHOPPER for a few [more] months. It’s a great demand generator for licensed companies that have helicopters.”
Uber has cited the Middle East as one of its fastest growing regions globally, and two weeks ago committed to invest $250 million in the Middle East and North Africa.
so how do we call you guys in Dubai? I am in South Africa.. wish to set up a tour as a gift for our son in Dubai?