By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter www.gulfnews.com
Dubai: The number of drivers registering to work with tech-driven global taxi firm Uber has quadrupled over the last year, expanding significantly since it first rolled out its service in Dubai two years ago.
Uber has tied up with several limousine companies to offer their services, unlike their model of operation elsewhere, where they directly tie up with individuals offering their services as drivers. “Uber is a licensed technology company that connects riders with drivers. To do so, we have partnered with multiple licensed limo companies and currently have hundreds of drivers registered on our systems.
The number of drivers registered with us has increased four times since last year,” said Jambu Palaniappan, regional general manager for the Middle East and Africa at Uber.
According to Uber, 50 per cent of its passengers are tourists, with most popular pick and drop off points being Dubai Airport Terminal 3 and Terminal 1, with 56 per cent and 33 per cent coverage respectively. The taxi service is busiest in the southern areas of Dubai, including Discovery Gardens, Dubai Marina, Dubai Sports City, etc. More info