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Dubai said to seek $2.5b loans to expand metro for Expo

Dubai: Dubai is seeking $2.5 billion (Dh9.1 billion) in loans to finance a 15-km extension of its above-ground metro line to the World Expo...

The price of safety: pay more to have safer taxis

Want to make sure you’re in one of the safest taxis in town? You can with Dubai Taxi’s latest initiative called In-Safe-Hands. What’s the difference, you may ask. Well, the rate starts from 25AED and runs at 1.71AED a kilometre—a premium when compared to the starting rate of 3AED for regular cabs (20AED if you’re coming out of the airport or going into Sharjah).

Mohammed bin Rashid orders payment of Dhs26m bonus to taxicab plate...

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, has ordered the payment of Dhs26,364,000 to Emiratis whose taxicab number plates are used by Dubai Taxi Corporation and Taxi Franchise Companies at Roads and Transport Authority (RTA); the number of which is 6591 plates.

Salik move draws flak

THE idea advanced by the transportation authorities in Dubai to add two more toll gates also known as Salik on Al Ittihad Road and in Al Qusais, both directions heading to Sharjah, has drawn much flak from everybody The Gulf Today talked to.

Taxi drivers have it tough

As Sharjah residents come to terms with a hike in taxi fares, longtime UAE blogger Alexander McNabb contemplates how tough taxi drivers in this country have it. When taxi fares went up in Sharjah earlier this month, none of the newspaper stories covering the event made mention of the fact that drivers’ targets went up as well. Drivers now have to earn Dhs 10,000 in a month to gain a 35% commission.

Public transport still not 
the first choice for youth

Though 25 pc of the public transport users in the UAE are within the age group of 18 to 25, majority of youngsters continue to opt for cars as their primary mode of transport. According to a recent survey, 66 per cent of new car buyers in the UAE falls in the age group of 18-29 years, 61 per cent of which are first time buyers.

Leading the way

If you should ever find yourself driving in Dubai, a friendly piece of advice: Watch out for the camels. This is because when a 1,300 kilogram car slams into a jaywalking camel on the 4-lane highways, the laws of physics dictate that both parties lose.

New speed limits for Dubai roads by June

Speed limits on Dubai roads — both internal as well as highways — would be revised according to a new manual to be released by the end of June, Khaleej Times has learnt. A special team at the RTA's Traffic and Roads Agency (TRA), in association with Dubai Police, has been studying various proposals to enhance road safety over the past year

Traffic alert: Accident on Sheikh Zayed Road causing morning gridlock

A two car accident on Sheikh Zayed Road is affecting north-bound traffic, heading into Sharjah, on the morning commute. Emergency vehicles are currently on the...

Dubai taxi driver locks up women inside his car

A taxi driver allegedly locked up two women inside his car after they failed to pay him the taxi fare, the Court of First...

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103m riders used Dubai Metro in first half of 2018

During the first half of 2018 year, the Dubai Metro Red and Green Lines have lifted 103.292 million riders, compared with 100.558 million riders...

RTA to manage large-scale taxi operations with smart tech

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will introduce a new smart technology system that will help manage the supply and demand of taxis at...

How an international hero became a taxi driver in UAE Suresh...

When I flagged down a cab in the mad morning rush to keep a medical appointment, little did I know it would be a...

Digital Kiosk to boost smart services for Dubai Taxi cabbies

The Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched the Digital Kiosk intended to facilitate the processing of transactions...

From flying taxis to robocops – Dubai as tech pioneer

From flying taxis to Batman-style surveillance motorcycles, Dubai's GITEX expo this week showcased innovations that were symbols of the city-state's ambitions to be a...

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