The city’s RTA made the announcement this week

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The city’s Road and Transport Authorities (RTA) announced this week that it would be partnering with transport app Careem, to launch a digital taxi hailing service. With the new service, users will be able to book, pay and track their taxi journey in much the same way as other car hailing apps like Uber and Careem.

The full details of the new app are yet to be announced, but it is expected to begin roll out as early as April 2019.

“This partnership is the first of its kind worldwide between a government transport authority and a private entity specialised in taxi e-hail business,” said HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA.

“Through this new company, the RTA intends to leverage the taxi sector in Dubai. It involves raising the efficiency of taxis in Dubai through enhanced accessibility of vehicles and their online booking and reducing the expected waiting time for the vehicle. It also entails a host of advantages to clients such as making a direct online payment via the app, charting the most suitable journey route, sharing the ride with others, and displaying details of the vehicle & driver, in addition to an option for providing the service with a chauffeur,” he continued.

“It also enables the launch of new transit services in future such as shared journeys, and supports RTA’s efforts in achieving multi-modal integration, besides offering short-journey service (first and last mile); which assists public transport commuters to reach their final destination, ” he said.

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