Dubai taxi fares increased again within 12 months

Taxi commuters in Dubai will now have to shell out an additional 11 fils per kilometre, while passengers heading from airport will have to pay 21 fils per kilometre.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has confirmed that the fare of a trip on Dubai Taxi has been increased by 5 per cent.

The metre run which was Dh1.71 per kilometre for regular taxis and 1.75 for airport taxis until last week has now been increased by six per cent and 12 per cent respectively.

The authority described the rise in fare as a marginal increase. “For example, if the fare is Dh30 it will now be priced Dh31.5,” read the statement.

Previous hike

The taxi fare was increased around the same time last year, when the flag-down rate on the street went up from Dh3 to Dh5, which applies for the whole day.

The starting rate for booked taxis were modified from Dh6 to Dh8 during off-peak hours. During the peak hours, the starting rate for booked taxis was modified from Dh10 to Dh12 last year.

From Saturday to Wednesday the peak hours are set from 7 am to 10 am, and 4 pm to 8 pm. While on Thursdays and Fridays the evening peak hours are set from 4 pm to 12 midnight.

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