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Dubai to hire taxi drivers as demand outstrips supply

Dubai’s state-owned taxi company is looking for new drivers as demand for transport soars.

A recruitment day will take place on Friday during which potential drivers will be offered a monthly salary of 2,000 Dh plus commission.

Positions are open to both men and women, who work in a fleet of “pink taxis” that only serve women and families.

In one online advertisingPrivilege Labor Recruitment has stated that a drop-in day will be held on Friday, March 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its head office in office M-11, Abu Hail Centre, Deira.

Applicants must have a residence visa, an Emirates ID card and a valid driver’s license. They must be between the ages of 23 and 55, the ad states.

Dubai Taxi Corporation, managed by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has 5,700 vehicles. Most vehicles run 24 hours a day, driven by drivers spread over 12 hours.

The demand was complemented by the growth of Careem and parent company Uber, which connects private limo companies with customers through their apps.

But demand has significantly outstripped supply in recent months.

Thousands of drivers have been dispatched to Expo 2020 Dubai, which begins October 1 and ends March 31, and taxis are hard to come by in this particular side of the city.

The city has also seen post-pandemic population growth, with thousands of new arrivals every month.

As The National reported in January, Dubai’s population is expected to reach 3.5 million in the coming months. According to official projections, 5.8 million people will live in the emirate by 2040, which will put a strain on the roads. Many new arrivals are expected to come from Russia and sub-Saharan Africa.

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Updated: March 12, 2022, 04:06