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Madam Medusa Feb 1st 2008 6:18 am

dubai transport...
 
...is completely and utterly doing my head in...

Every time i have booked a cab for the last 2/3 months (probably longer in fact), there is a problem...and when you phone to complain, they don't give a shit...

They have told me that it doesn't matter when you make the booking, they only put a call out to drivers 20 mins before the time...so it's tough if there are no taxis available in the area. When asked why they accept a booking, they said that it means "at least you are in the system"...wtf is that all about...

there does seem to be a distinct shortage of cabs now, is that the case all over dubai??

i've got details for a chauffeur service, which i use if i'm going somewhere really important, but he is expensive...does anyone have any details of a reliable cab driver?

and is there anywhere to complain to/is it even worth complaining?? i guess the answer is no though, lol...

MM, xx

IndieG Feb 1st 2008 6:36 am

Re: dubai transport...
 
No point! You can only rely on them for their unreliablility!

I use a driver+vehicle (mostly 4wd, but on occasion a 16 seater Toyota Hiace:ohmy:) for school pick up... He charges about 50 per trip. He is okay, but definitely more reliable than DTC.

Autonomy Feb 1st 2008 6:42 am

Re: dubai transport...
 

Originally Posted by Madam Medusa (Post 5867873)
...is completely and utterly doing my head in...

Every time i have booked a cab for the last 2/3 months (probably longer in fact), there is a problem...and when you phone to complain, they don't give a shit...

They have told me that it doesn't matter when you make the booking, they only put a call out to drivers 20 mins before the time...so it's tough if there are no taxis available in the area. When asked why they accept a booking, they said that it means "at least you are in the system"...wtf is that all about...

there does seem to be a distinct shortage of cabs now, is that the case all over dubai??

i've got details for a chauffeur service, which i use if i'm going somewhere really important, but he is expensive...does anyone have any details of a reliable cab driver?

and is there anywhere to complain to/is it even worth complaining?? i guess the answer is no though, lol...

MM, xx

It's really shocking... try hailing a cab in Oud Metha any day between 5pm and 9pm... no chance for less than 1 hour wait... and calling is a half hour retrying the phone as its engaged then you get through to be told no cabs avail so you shout a bit and then they find one and you thank them and wait and wait and wait and wait then call back 500 times as its engaged and then you get through and they say no cabs answered the call so tough shit so you threaten to slice them up while they sleep and eat there eyes and things and they say not my fault no cabs, what to do- i'll tell you what to do SORT IT THE F^CK OUT!

It one of the worst things in a city with no real public transport that the cab system is so terrible...

Madam Medusa Feb 1st 2008 6:49 am

Re: dubai transport...
 

Originally Posted by IndieGirl (Post 5867913)
No point! You can only rely on them for their unreliablility!

I use a driver+vehicle (mostly 4wd, but on occasion a 16 seater Toyota Hiace:ohmy:) for school pick up... He charges about 50 per trip. He is okay, but definitely more reliable than DTC.

oh IG, 50 per trip sounds pretty good...is it a one man band or a company of drivers?? wouldn't mind getting the details...

MM, xx

Madam Medusa Feb 1st 2008 6:50 am

Re: dubai transport...
 

Originally Posted by Autonomy (Post 5867921)
It one of the worst things in a city with no real public transport that the cab system is so terrible...

i know...and it's having no alternatives that drives me up the wall...

MM, xx

IndieG Feb 1st 2008 7:04 am

Re: dubai transport...
 

Originally Posted by Madam Medusa (Post 5867932)
oh IG, 50 per trip sounds pretty good...is it a one man band or a company of drivers?? wouldn't mind getting the details...

MM, xx

No idea - but this chap runs a transport company and has about 7-8 vehicles and a couple of drivers. Not sure whether he does one-off trips, but worth checking. Will pm his details to you........

Madam Medusa Feb 1st 2008 7:05 am

Re: dubai transport...
 

Originally Posted by IndieGirl (Post 5867957)
No idea - but this chap runs a transport company and has about 7-8 vehicles and a couple of drivers. Not sure whether he does one-off trips, but worth checking. Will pm his details to you........

fabulous, thanks...

MM, xx

scarletfan Feb 1st 2008 7:27 am

Re: dubai transport...
 
We had a nightmare last night. We had booked at Madinat at the seafood restaurant, then started phoning for a cab at 7:15 but the phone was constantly engaged. Then we made the stupid mistake of driving down there. How stupid were we. No chance of parking anywhere nearby, then I had the brainwave of going to Bur Dubai instead. Fantastic move! Ended up stuck in traffic on SZR for an eternity. Finally, at about 9:45 we gave up and ended up in the Italian restaurant in Trade Centre Apartments.
Moral of the story, firstly, leave the car at home on Thursday night, secondly, get hold of a mobile number for a taxi firm, so please help!!!!

BangleMan Feb 1st 2008 7:48 am

Re: dubai transport...
 

Originally Posted by Madam Medusa (Post 5867873)
...is completely and utterly doing my head in...

Every time i have booked a cab for the last 2/3 months (probably longer in fact), there is a problem...and when you phone to complain, they don't give a shit...

They have told me that it doesn't matter when you make the booking, they only put a call out to drivers 20 mins before the time...so it's tough if there are no taxis available in the area. When asked why they accept a booking, they said that it means "at least you are in the system"...wtf is that all about...

there does seem to be a distinct shortage of cabs now, is that the case all over dubai??

i've got details for a chauffeur service, which i use if i'm going somewhere really important, but he is expensive...does anyone have any details of a reliable cab driver?

and is there anywhere to complain to/is it even worth complaining?? i guess the answer is no though, lol...

MM, xx

There's a shortage elsewhere in Dubai, cos they are all hanging out in the Marina or outside the Kempinski.....there must have been 80 of them queued up outside there the other night about 10pm !!!;)

Blue Cat Feb 1st 2008 8:48 am

Re: dubai transport...
 

Originally Posted by BangleMan (Post 5868045)
There's a shortage elsewhere in Dubai, cos they are all hanging out in the Marina or outside the Kempinski.....there must have been 80 of them queued up outside there the other night about 10pm !!!;)

it is a nightmare here in Al Barsha too, the best thing is to take the car to the MOE and get one from there ;)

scarletfan Feb 1st 2008 8:57 am

Re: dubai transport...
 
[QUOTE=Blue Cat;5868161]it is a nightmare here in Al Barsha too, the best thing is to take the car to the MOE and get one from there ;)[/QUOTE

Hey BC. How are you?

angelynv Feb 1st 2008 9:10 am

Re: dubai transport...
 

Originally Posted by BangleMan (Post 5868045)
There's a shortage elsewhere in Dubai, cos they are all hanging out in the Marina or outside the Kempinski.....there must have been 80 of them queued up outside there the other night about 10pm !!!;)

ok im slightly worried, what about in the mornings day to day, basically when I come over it will take me a while to sort out licence and car etc so ill have to rely on whatever to get to work in the mornings. I will probably live around the marina area or jbr and my work place is Emaar business park on SZ road - can i block book taxis? is there a bus?

NorthernLad Feb 1st 2008 9:18 am

Re: dubai transport...
 
A friend of my wife rang for a cab from JPS, was told 2 hour wait. When she asked why, was told 'madam, we have 3500 taxis and 5000 people calling us for them'.

When you think about it, 3500 taxis is not a lot for a place like Dubai where people have to rely on taxis due to no other viable public transport and the fact that if you drive on an evening, parking is a nightmare.

Inselaffen Feb 1st 2008 9:23 am

Re: dubai transport...
 

Originally Posted by angelynv (Post 5868232)
ok im slightly worried, what about in the mornings day to day, basically when I come over it will take me a while to sort out licence and car etc so ill have to rely on whatever to get to work in the mornings. I will probably live around the marina area or jbr and my work place is Emaar business park on SZ road - can i block book taxis? is there a bus?

would recommend that you lease a small car for the few weeks you need transport before you get your licence.

I used taxis for 6 weeks and sometimes had to wait up to an hour in the street before being able to catch one.

angelynv Feb 1st 2008 10:33 am

Re: dubai transport...
 

Originally Posted by Inselaffen (Post 5868272)
would recommend that you lease a small car for the few weeks you need transport before you get your licence.

I used taxis for 6 weeks and sometimes had to wait up to an hour in the street before being able to catch one.

thanks Inse, Ill search the forum re leasing cars.. i think my husband will be doing the driving though!


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