Taxi and Cabs in Dubai
How to order a cab in Dubai
Ordering a taxi in Dubai is so straightforward it's practically child's play. Thanks to the city's cutting-edge technology, you have several options right at your fingertips. First, you can dial 800 88088, the official number for the Dubai Transport Corporation's taxi booking service. Easy peasy! There's also a smartly designed mobile app simply called "Dubai Taxi" which allows you to order a taxi with a few taps on your smartphone screen. Nothing to it, my friends!
And let's not forget the big brothers in the room - Bolt and Uber. Both of these international giants are indeed in operation in Dubai. They both astound us in terms of reliability and performance. Bolt or Uber will have you zipping across the Dubai landscape in no time. And yes, all manner of plastic money - credit cards, debit cards, you name it - are widely accepted by these services. Talk about convenience at warp speed!
Where to find a taxi in Dubai
Dubai is truly a cornucopia of taxis. They are virtually everywhere, from the towering skyscrapers of the business district to the bustling bazaars of old Dubai. Taxi ranks are common near shopping malls, landmarks, and public transportation stations. So no need to pull your hair out, there’s always a taxi nearby.
Opting for Uber or Bolt? These platforms can connect you with a driver in virtually all locations, as long as there’s good internet connectivity. And let's face it, in Dubai, when is there not?
How Much Does a Dubai Taxi Cost
Hold on to your seatbelts, folks. Taxis in Dubai are surprisingly affordable. The city has one of the cheapest taxi tariffs in the world. Starting fares can range from AED 6 to AED 12 depending on the time and location. From there, a distance-based fee of AED 1.96 per kilometer is typically added.
Uber and Bolt, on the other hand, have a dynamic pricing model where costs vary based on distance, time, and demand. You could say that the price is as fluid as a fluent ballerina! It's always a wise idea to check fare estimates before you confirm your ride on these platforms.
As for tipping, while it’s not a legal requirement or an established norm, a small token of appreciation for your driver's service is always a nice touch. Remember, generosity is the heart of the city!
Safety-wise, taxis in Dubai are quite reliable. The drivers are professional and the vehicles are well-maintained. Not to sound like your mother, but do remember to buckle up, irrespective of where you're seated. Dubai has strict seat-belt laws, after all.
It’s safe to say that in Dubai, whether you’re more of an old-school cab lover or an app-based ride-hailer, you’re never more than a couple of clics, taps, or hand waves from your next ride. Happy traveling!