Getting around the UAE for some means utilizing Uber. Uber, the app that has globalized the way that people travel, is available in the UAE. However, it may be slightly different than what you are used to in your home country.
How Does Uber Work in the UAE?
In other locations throughout the world, Uber signs up drivers directly. Those who want to drive for Uber go through their hiring process, and then they are signed up and able to take fares. However, this is not the case when it comes to the UAE. In the UAE, Uber joins up with companies like limo businesses who already have their own drivers and vehicles. These businesses then get access to the Uber platform.
In most cases, these businesses when their day is slow, they will then look to Uber to find fares to offset these slow periods. According to Uber, there are around 3,000 drivers in the UAE that make hundreds of trips per year.
Uber Pricing in the UAE
What about the pricing of Uber in the UAE? According to the law, the UAE rates are least 30% above what a regular taxi is going to charge. However, most people who utilize Uber are doing so because they want luxury. In the UAE, the most common car that is used for Uber rides is a Lexus.
Due to the pricing of Uber in the UAE most locals utilize taxis, when they need a ride. However, Uber is used by more tourists, than compared to taxis.
Using Uber in the UAE
For those who have the Uber app in the UAE, they are going to notice that it may differ slightly than what they are accustomed to. This is because Uber has had to change some of the ways in which they do things to make them more appealing. For example, in Dubai:
- There is UberCHOPPER along with UberYACHT are additional options to finding a car to ride in.
- The basic option for Uber is the UberSELECT which replaced the usual UberX
- UberBLACK is considered the original Uber
- UberVIP is only available to those who are VIP users
For those who will be visiting the UAE soon, you will be able to use the Uber service. And you will find that it is very similar to what you have in your home country. Be prepared for the fares and the wait time when in more popular areas of UAE.