Uber signs deal with Dubai RTA

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has recently entered a cooperation agreement with ride hailing app Uber Technologies to provide online taxi and limo booking services in the emirate.

Under the agreement, Uber will offer taxis and luxurious transport services (limousines) via online and smart apps channels. The service will be run according to the laws governing the operation of taxis and limousines in Dubai. Further into the deal, Uber will deploy 14,000 vehicles including 9,841 taxis and 4,700 limousines in the city.

According to both parties, 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.

Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA, and Anthony Khoury, regional manager of Uber in the Middle East, signed the agreement.

“This initiative signals the keenness of RTA to implement the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, 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 Al Tayer. “

He further highlighted that 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. RTA, in cooperation with Uber is considering the deployment of new mobility options to cater to the needs of customers in Dubai emirate and reduce vehicles on the roads,” said Al Tayer.

Al Tayer also underlined RTA’s keenness to forge partnership with the private sector, invite all online booking companies to realise the objective of offering excellent smart services to customers. “This agreement supports the Integrated Mobility Platform Project in Dubai Project, which is currently being implemented by RTA. The platform enables customers to access all means of transport in Dubai through a single window (Smart App), where RTA’s transit services (metro, tram, buses, marine transport, and taxis) are integrated with other transport means on offer by the other parties in Dubai such as limousine companies, Palm Monorail, and Dubai Trolley,” said Al Tayer.

“We are committed to working with RTA on launching a more accessible Uber service for riders, and further adapting our innovative solutions to Dubai,” said Khoury. “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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