40 new taxis hit city roads

DUBAI — Some 40 new cabs of Arabia Taxi hit Dubai's roads yesterday evening following an inauguration ceremony at the company's station in Al Rashidiya area.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 11 Jul 2005, 10:19 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:42 PM

Launched under a franchise agreement with Dubai Transport Corporation (DTC), Arabia Taxi officials said the fleet of 40 would be expanded to 500 by the end of the year.

The new taxi company, under the ownership of Shaikh Sohail bin Khalifa bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Shaikh Majid bin Hamad Al Qasimi, announced yesterday that it aims to achieve “a very high standard of safety and customer satisfaction.”

With the launch of Arabia Taxi's fleet of 40, the total number of taxis operated in Dubai has crossed 5,000, including 2,700 operated by the DTC itself, and some 2,262 vehicles in all are run by Cars Taxi, National Taxi and Metro Taxi. The total figure will reach 5,462 when by the end of 2005, Arabia Taxi's fleet is increased to 500.

The Decree 5 of 1994 empowered DTC to operate a fleet of public transport taxis, and authorised the corporation to grant franchise to one or more national companies to carry out some of its business under conditions and standards set by the corporation. The corporation has the expertise needed in the field of public transport services, for which it has made efforts, and spent time and money for over a decade to develop the industry as well as the service.

According to officials at the inauguration ceremony, the agreement between DTC and Arabia Taxi is valid for a period of three years, and allow the latter to operate as per the conditions and specifications set by the corporation and agreed to by the operator.

The addition of 500 taxis to the total fleet is expected to be a major convenience to the residents of Dubai.

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