By Staff writer
Dubai's transport authority says agreement aims to provide 'transportation solutions at a reasonable rate'
Dubai's transport authority said on Wednesday that it has signed an agreement with ride-hailing app Uber Technologies to explore the development of more affordable taxi and limousine services in the emirate.
Uber and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said they will study new transport products that can be launched in the city, adding that the agreement is about "fulfilling the needs of customers and provide them with transportation solutions at a reasonable rate in a way that contributes to reduce the number of vehicles on roads".
The study will help Uber introduce other products such as its car pooling service and driverless cars in Dubai.
According to the agreement, Uber will also deploy more than 14,000 taxis and limousines in Dubai to be booked via its smart app.
Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA, said: “The agreement with Uber offers a new service for residents and visitors who wish to move around Dubai by taxis and limousines. This contributes to realising people’s happiness, providing quality services for tourists and enhancing customers’ experience.”
He said the agreement supports the Integrated Mobility Platform Project in Dubai, which is currently being implemented by the RTA and will enable customers to access all means of transport in Dubai through a single app.
Anthony Khoury, regional director of Uber Middle East, said: "We are committed to working with RTA on launching a more accessible Uber service for riders, and further adapting our innovative solutions to Dubai.”
“The partnership with RTA is a giant step for Uber and we will do our best to support RTA’s efforts to find easy mobility solutions for customers,” added Khoury.
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What has happened to the RTA taxis? It seems they have taken the company back 10 years after a few years of improvements that the market was very pleased with, such as, cleaner cars and an automatic call booking system. Well, the cars are filthy again, the call booking system failed twice on me which forced me to book my taxi with a person who spoke English poorly. I suspect management has changed, all I know is that I am happy to hear Uber is advancing because I may not use RTA taxis again.