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Old Jul 13th 2013, 9:30 am
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I announced this to all who could hear me within 3 days of setting foot here and every time I have to suffer a ride in anyone of the cabs, it reiterates it again and again. ALL cab drivers in Dubai are s***buckets!! Yes I know it is a generalization but I have yet to come across anyone who is even halfway to being a decent human being!


http://www.7daysindubai.com/Dubai-ca...ail/story.html
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Old Jul 13th 2013, 10:34 am
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I rarely use taxis but on the rare occasion that I have the driver has been fine
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Old Jul 13th 2013, 11:35 am
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Originally Posted by Blue Cat View Post
I rarely use taxis but on the rare occasion that I have the driver has been fine
I agree, even if it's just a 6Dhs fare - when i get in I tell him I'll give him 15, never had a problem with them.

Apart from the smell sometimes, but then the aircon goes on full blast - as does Radio 2!
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Originally Posted by Irishbeekeeper View Post
I announced this to all who could hear me within 3 days of setting foot here and every time I have to suffer a ride in anyone of the cabs, it reiterates it again and again. ALL cab drivers in Dubai are s***buckets!! Yes I know it is a generalization but I have yet to come across anyone who is even halfway to being a decent human being!
Maybe you simply don't like Pakistanis and Bangladeshis?
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Old Jul 13th 2013, 1:09 pm
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Maybe you simply don't like Pakistanis and Bangladeshis?
do you even know what nationality he is? ludicrous statement
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Old Jul 13th 2013, 2:09 pm
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Originally Posted by Kix View Post
I agree, even if it's just a 6Dhs fare - when i get in I tell him I'll give him 15, never had a problem with them.

Apart from the smell sometimes, but then the aircon goes on full blast - as does Radio 2!
but the minimum fare is 10...
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Originally Posted by Irishbeekeeper View Post
I announced this to all who could hear me within 3 days of setting foot here and every time I have to suffer a ride in anyone of the cabs, it reiterates it again and again. ALL cab drivers in Dubai are s***buckets!! Yes I know it is a generalization but I have yet to come across anyone who is even halfway to being a decent human being!


http://www.7daysindubai.com/Dubai-ca...ail/story.html
I can honestly say that this poll must have been conducted within the sugar-blowing-up-arse Brits that frequent the Springs. Dubai taxis are absolutely brilliant compared to most others around the world. Try Cairo.
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Old Jul 13th 2013, 3:13 pm
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At least they are heavily monitored and controlled here regarding things like cost.
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I only use Careem these days. They are a bit more expensive, but it's a totally different experience from the usual.

ETA: Having just read the article, I have to say I don't find Dubai taxi drivers rude. Smelly - yes; clueless - often. But not rude.
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Originally Posted by Millhouse View Post
I can honestly say that this poll must have been conducted within the sugar-blowing-up-arse Brits that frequent the Springs. Dubai taxis are absolutely brilliant compared to most others around the world. Try Cairo.
Or Turkey, or Saudi...I've never had issues with a Dubai taxi driver understanding me, not bad considering they get paid a pittance to be conversant in at least two languages.
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Larcenous taxi-drivers are EVERYWHERE !
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Old Jul 13th 2013, 3:33 pm
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Or Turkey, or Saudi...I've never had issues with a Dubai taxi driver understanding me, not bad considering they get paid a pittance to be conversant in at least two languages.
Agreed. I was surprised to see that Turkish taxis came out well. Clearly they never went to Istanbul.
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At least they are heavily monitored and controlled here regarding things like cost.
Exactly, I would say 80% of taxis in foreign lands where I have not researched the cost from Airport to the digs I have been ripped off, usually with a smile.
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Old Jul 14th 2013, 8:44 am
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Exactly, I would say 80% of taxis in foreign lands where I have not researched the cost from Airport to the digs I have been ripped off, usually with a smile.
Yeah, you always get fleeced. I found myself arguing over 40p in Vietnam, just on principle.
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I use cabs quite regularly and I reckon that 90%+ are just fine.

Perhaps those that have issues so often don't have the right attitude themselves? Saying hello when you get in a cab and giving instructions politely and saying please and thank you goes an awful long way.
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