One more taxi company will join the packed Dubai roads by the middle of next month in anticipation of the increased tourist flow to the city. Named Arabia Taxi, the company will deploy 500 brand new cars, driven by smart and multilingual skilled drivers.

By V.m. Sathish (Contributor)

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Published: Tue 31 May 2005, 12:06 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:59 PM

Speaking to City Times, Sayed Abdul Hakeem, operations manager, Arabia Taxi said initially the service will start with 200 new cars as a franchisee of Dubai Transport.

The launch of the new taxi company coincides with the eighth Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS 2005) when many visitors from other Gulf countries would reach the city. "Ours will be the fifth taxi company in Dubai and the taxis will be painted beige and green.

By the end of August all 500 taxis will be on the road." It may be recalled that Dubai Transport had invited tenders for five hundred new taxis and the bid has been awarded to Arabia Taxi, believed to be an outfit of Dubai Transport itself. While details of the company's ownership is yet to be disclosed the new car company will ease taxi shortage at certain points and time, and increase pressure on the profitability of the existing players. "We have already completed recruitment procedures and the drivers are selected from the UAE with valid driving license and fluency in at least English, Hindi, Urdu and Arabic. They will have working according to the tourist friendly image of the city," he added.

Is there scope for one more taxi company in a city already reeling under traffic congestion and increased competition among taxi drivers? The new taxi company feels that there is enough scope for them. "It is difficult to get taxis some times and in certain places. A number of tourists are expected to reach Dubai and during DSS more family tourists are expected. They need efficient transport service to shuttle between various shopping malls, hotels and festival venues. Dubai is building many tourism projects that will attract about five million tourists after sometime. The transport infrastructure should be tourist-friendly," says Sayed.

The drivers will be given taxis to run for 24 hours on commission basis and for daily collection of Dh425 they can earn 35 per cent commission. For less daily collection the commission amount will come down to 30 per cent (collection Dh335 or more) and 25 per cent (Dh290 or more). They will not work on the basis of minimum salary and a deposit of Dh3,000 is taken from drivers. The taxi company's head office and garage will be based in Al Rashidiya.

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