The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has clinched the UAE Ideas Award in the 3rd UAE Ideas Conference and Awards 2014 ceremony held recently by the Dubai Quality Group under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Emirates Airline & Group and the Honorary Patron of Dubai Quality Group.
Ahmed Al Suwaidi, CEO of the Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC), said: “Clinching this award culminates the corporate ideas that contribute to a smooth life of community members; which is what we are seeking to achieve through the 3rd Strategic Objective of the RTA: Peoples Happiness. From this standpoint, the Smart Journeys idea contributes to achieving this noble objective which commands a paramount attention of our prudent leadership.
“The DTC’s team, which received the Award in the presence of the Director of DTC’s Corporate Affairs Mohammed Yousef, developed the idea which revolves around reducing the waiting time of taxicabs at the Dubai Airports and maximizing them optimally such that each cab is operated in two different shifts; the first as part of the airport’s night shift, and the second is to deploy the same cabs to provide a daytime normal service. The introduction of this initiative ensures the availability of taxicabs in abundance at the Dubai airports, reduces the waiting time from 30 minutes to 3 minutes, and contributes to raising the satisfaction of taxi users,” added Al Suwaidi.
“The DTC manages 350 taxicabs exclusively deployed at the Dubai airports to serve passengers arriving in the Emirate of Dubai, in addition to 105 taxicabs to serve VIPs, 100 cabs for serving ladies & families, and 7 cabs for serving special needs. These taxicabs pick up passengers arriving at Dubai airports to any destination in the UAE around the clock. Taxi ranks are designated at Terminal 1, 2 and 3 as well as Al Maktoum International Airport, and the service is run by highly efficient and qualified cabbies,” continued the CEO of the Dubai Taxi Corporation.
Ammar Al Braiki, Acting Director of DTC’s Fleet Operations and Member of Smart Journeys Implementation Team, said: “The airport taxi fleet has been beefed up by 100 cabs in the first stage of the implementation of the idea; and the number was later on raised to 175 cabs to catch up with the rising number of passengers arriving through the Dubai airports. Following these successes, the initiative was emulated at Al Maktoum International Airport from the beginning of May this year; which contributed to broadening the scope of realizing the objective of reducing the waiting time. More info