Cabs in Dubai: Uber vs Careem vs Dubai Taxi Corporation
Cabs have been around for a long time now and are a preferred means of transport for people who prefer the comfort of cabs to self-driven cars. It allows people the flexibility to commute or travel without any burden and lets them relax/work as per what they choose to do.
Since using cabs doesn’t limit a person to just using one type of car, it provides freedom and more choice while choosing the cabs. Thus, one can ride as per one’s requirements. A person can ride in a basic car or in a supercar, it is all the choice of a person and the budget available. There are multiple cab companies around the world that cater to the needs of people and provide cabs at affordable rates.
Although initially there were limited ventures in the cab industry, with mostly the state-sponsored unions being the umbrella under which cabs used to work but with time this has changed. A lot of cab companies have been using the technological model and using apps to build the cab industry to a different level.
In Dubai itself, the RTA run taxis compete with two main competitors, Uber and Careem. Although there are some other companies in the cabs industry, but the majority stake lies with these three cab companies.
The RTA run cabs have been running for a long time now and enjoy some relaxations as compared to the Uber and Careem who have been the latest entrants in the market. Since Dubai has a strict government, police and RTA policies, the Uber and Careem have to work in the set guidelines to ensure operation in the region!
In the competition between Uber, Careem and Dubai Taxi Corporation, the benefit has been of the consumers who have been at the receiving end of the benefits that the companies are offering to their users.
Dubai Taxi vs Uber vs Careem
These three maintain a good fleet of vehicles across multiple categories that serve customers in various domains. Let us talk of them one by one to get a clear understanding of the companies and the hire costs of the cabs.
- Dubai Taxi Corporation
The oldest cab hire service provider by the RTA has been ensuring a standard service across UAE. It has a large fleet that includes normal cars and special cabs for females that are driven by female drivers. With a satellite-based tracking system in all the cars, it provides a convenient and secure experience for the users. The corporation has also launched services for special requirements, bus services and provide the option for deferred payment too. Their fleet includes Limousines too!
The fare for the basic Dubai taxi are:
Taxi Fare Average Range Base Fare AED 11.00 AED 5.00-12.00 Charge Per Km AED 2.00 AED 1.50-3.11 Waiting Charge Per Hour AED 40.00 AED 20.00-60.00
One of the global companies with operations in a lot of countries around the world, the Silicon Valley giant has been known across the industry for bringing about a change in the way how people hire cabs. With an app-based model where a user makes an account on the Uber app and then hires a cab entering the destination and the cab type. It has been widely successful worldwide and has been developing roots in Dubai as well. Since the system is online, it keeps a tab on the driver and the passenger at all times so as to provide secure services. Uber has been offering different kind of services across Dubai, which are, Uber Select, Uber Black, Uber VIP, and Uber XL. It also allows the customers to beat the traffic and take the Uber Chopper but that is an expensive option to take even if it helps you reach faster!
The fare for the Uber cabs are:
Type Of Cab Base Fare Cost Per Minute Cost Per Km Minimum Cost Per Trip Uber Select AED 8 AED 0.5 AED 1.8 AED 17 Uber VIP AED 8 AED 0.5 AED 1.8 AED 17 Uber Black AED 10 AED 0.8 AED 1.9 AED 20 Uber XL AED 13 AED 0.8 AED 2.65 AED 25
Careem is a local cab company that has become popular on an app-based model, just like Uber. It has gained a lot of respect and attention from the UAE, especially Dubai. Careem has a wide network of cabs and provides reliable services which include the option to prebook the cabs according to the need of the customer. It provides cabs in different categories, which are Business, First Class, Economy, Kids, MAX, and Ameera.
The fare for the Careem cabs are:
Type Of Cab Base Fare Minimum Cost Per Trip Cost Per Km Cost Per Hour Base Fare Minimum Cost Per Trip Business AED 12 AED 18 AED 2.50 AED 80 AED 30 AED 50 First Class AED 30 AED 130 AED 5 AED 150 AED 50 AED 150 Economy AED 7 AED 16 AED 2.23 AED 55 AED 20 AED 28 Careem Kids AED 10 AED 25 AED 2.50 AED 90 AED 30 AED 50 Max AED 20 AED 60 AED 3.25 AED 90 AED 30 AED 80 Ameera AED 12 AED 60 AED 4 AED 120 AED 30 AED 75 Fares on Immediate Booking Fares on Prebooking
Also, airport surcharge of AED 40-75 is applied when the booking is from airport.
These are the main cab companies in the Dubai region that offer services for customers. This informative reference tool will help anybody plan before their trip to Dubai!