No plans to cut taxis after Dubai Metro success


By Elizabeth Broomhall

Dubai’s roads and transport authority (RTA) has no plans to reduce the number of taxis operating in the city, despite a surge in the amount of people using the metro, a senior RTA official has said.

Dubai Taxi
Dubai Taxi

The emirate’s first eco-friendly light rail system carried 69m passengers in 2011, up from just 30m in its first year, but there remains the same number of taxis on the roads since the launch of metro, the RTA said.

“The total number of taxis [on the roads] is 7942. We are not planning to reduce the number of taxis, because we need to have all modes of transport in place,” said Essa Al Dossari, the CEO of public transport at the RTA.

“We are serving a number of different categories [of people], including business people and tourists. There needs to be a variety [of options].” More info