Category Archives: Bur Dubai

Commuters on the streets can now hail taxis by SMS

Commuters on the streets can now hail taxis by SMS

By Ashfaq Ahmed, Chief Reporter
Published: April 20, 2008, 00:34

Dubai: Passengers in Dubai no longer have to go through the daunting task of hailing a taxi on the road as they can now call one by just sending an SMS from their mobile phones, said a senior official.

The service has been designed for passengers who want to order taxis while waiting by the road, said Abdul Aziz Malek, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dubai Taxi Agency at the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

He said the taxi agency is installing small boards with location code numbers and a taxi sign on them by the side of the road. A passenger can send an SMS to 4774, mentioning the area code on the taxi board.

The customer will have to wait in the same location until the taxi arrives. Once the commuter sends the SMS, it will reach the booking terminal of Dubai Taxi Agency and the booking supervisor will send the nearest taxi to the customer.

The booking terminal will also send the taxi reservation number to the customer, which he needs to show to the taxi driver before boarding.

The starting fare for taxis booked via SMS will be Dh6 during the day (from 6am to 10pm) and Dh7 at night (from 10pm to 6am).

In addition to the new service, Dubai Taxi Agency will continue to offer reservations via telephone and the internet.

“The new service has been launched after complaints from commuters about hailing a cab while waiting by the roadside,” said Malek.

Currently, Dubai has around 6,500, taxis including 3,200 run by Dubai Taxi Agency.

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Useful Hobbies/Skills to acquire during Dubai’s Summer

Today’s carried an interesting feature on the activities and hobbies one can learn in Dubai. Have scanned that article below:

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Last Updated : Sunday 20 May, 2007

When asked about your hobbies and interests are you able to reel off a list of intriguing activities – or do your favourite TV shows, bars and beaches spring to mind? Instead of cursing these balmy days, spend some time getting good at something or learn a skill that you can take through life and maybe even use to smarten up your CV….full article

Useful Pocket-size Tools – Carrefour & Day2Day-Karama

Last week, was at the popular mall – Deira City Centre. Was helping some visitors from India shop around at Carrefour. My eyes fell upon these tiny tools priced at Dhs.9.50/- each.

A sucker for pocket-sized tools, I instantly grabbed them up….I also photograped the entire package and contents to share them with you:

1) DIY of Chicago Tools – 6-in-1 Screwdriver set

2) 5-in-1 Mini Multi Tool

This tool came with a neat little pouch and key ring. Wish the 6-in-1 came with a key ring too!

3) 9 Function Stainless Steel Pocket Knife

Picked this up at the Day 2 day Dime (Dhs.2/-) shop at Karama. Yup…this costs just Dhs.2/- at piece. There was one more bigger one with 13 functions – preferred the smaller one though.

Useful Stuff at the Japan Home Centre, Khaleej Centre, Bur Dubai

The new Japan Home Center caught my eye as I walked out of the Etisalat Business Centre at the Al Khaleej Centre, Bur Dubai after paying my phone bill. Remembering Daiso at the Lamcy Plaza, I was curious to see how different the JHC was.

Most of the products seemed to be original Japanese with prices starting from Dhs.5 onwards. Found some interesting stuff too but I leave it upto you to visit them and judege. Picked up their flyer (scan below) which has their location map. Also took a photo of the store.

Today I tried googling them and found their Hong Kong website. They seem to be focusing more on quality and niche products rather than Daiso’s Walmart approach.

Useful Stuff Exchange-United Arab Emirates