How to create a lasting impression at the airport

Unlicensed taxis pose a threat to road safety across the country. They are unregulated, generally unsafe and drivers aren’t properly insured. Some don’t even have working seat belts.

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Unlicensed taxis at the Abu Dhabi airport are bad for the image of the city. Lee Hoagland / The National

Unlicensed taxis pose a threat to road safety across the country. They are unregulated, generally unsafe and drivers aren’t properly insured. Some don’t even have working seat belts.

Despite heavy fines and warnings of possible arrests by the authorities, the spectre of unlicensed taxis remains constant. This problem is especially worrying at Abu Dhabi airport. As The National reported yesterday, Abu Dhabi police arrested 50 drivers operating illegal taxis from the airport in August.

As Abu Dhabi continues to invest in tourism through promotions for “layover” visits in conjunction with Etihad Airways and other travel companies, the airport takes on a special significance. For first time visitors, the airport experience sets the tone for the rest of the holiday. It is the place where the first impression is formed.

Arriving in a new place after a long flight, the first thing travellers want to think about is whether the taxi they are hailing is safe and regulated. We have all had those experiences in a new country, where you arrive and something feels odd about the taxis on offer at the airport. Perhaps the drivers seem distant or the price feels a little too soft. That initial feeling of uncertainty can leave a lasting impression across an entire holiday. More info

By National Editorial  www.thenational.ae

Photo: Unlicensed taxis at the Abu Dhabi airport are bad for the image of the city. Lee Hoagland / The National

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