More than 14,000 Dubai taxis and limousines can soon be booked via Uber after the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) signed a cooperation agreement with the ride-hailing app on Wednesday.
The agreement will entitle the California-based Uber to offer the booking service of more than 14,541 public vehicles, including 9,841 taxis and 4,700 limousines.

Another highlight of the agreement is the provision to study offering “new economic transit solutions” aimed at reducing the number of vehicles on the roads in support of Dubai Vision 2021.

“This initiative signals the keenness of RTA to implement the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to rank Dubai as the smartest city world-wide since smart mobility is one of the key elements of smart cities,” said Mattar Al Tayer, RTA director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors.

RTA’s agreement with Uber is the second of its kind signed with online taxi booking companies. In October last year, RTA first signed an agreement with Dubai-based online booking service company Careem. However, for Uber, which is present in 500 cities across the world, this is the first time they forged a partnership with a government entity in the region.

“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 realizing people’s happiness, providing quality services for tourists and enhancing customers’ experience,” said Al Tayer. … see more

source: RT