Free parking and taxi discounts in Dubai: who can take advantage

By Tychyna TetianaJan 26, 2024 07:18 AMNews
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Free parking and taxi discounts in Dubai: who can take advantage
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The transportation system in Dubai is impressive in its modernity and efficiency, including high-tech subways, exclusive taxis, and innovative buses. However, despite all the amenities, transportation costs in Dubai can be quite high.

Local transportation companies make some nice offers to keep the fare from affecting your budget while traveling. How to save money on a taxi in Dubai and get a parking permit for free, zawya writes.

Representatives of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and the Dubai Taxi Company (DTC) spoke about how you can get special permits and make your trip cheaper. They made their statement at the International Conference on Accessible Travel and Tourism.

Osama Al Safi, director of the RTA's parking department and chairman of the friendly organization for PoD, said that PoD tourists can use public parking in Dubai for free, similar to the privilege granted to elderly Emirati and PoD residents.

These are tourists with special needs (PoDs) who can use free public parking throughout Dubai for up to three months. They can also get special permits that allow them to enjoy a 50 percent discount in taxis.

How to apply for free parking

This can be done through the RTA website or app or in person at any RTA customer service center. It is noted that since August last year, the RTA has digitized the services of issuing free parking permits, which allows PoD employees to no longer print and display permits.

It is worth mentioning that PoD tourists will be able to get a temporary parking permit for up to three months for each application.

Get a discount on taxis

According to Abdullah Ibrahim Al Meyer, acting director of business transformation at DTC, PoD tourists can get a 50% discount on taxi fares.

To do so, they simply need to apply for a Sanad card, a smart card issued by the Community Development Authority (CDA) for PoD residents and tourists.

It is worth noting that this is the first time that a taxi fare discount has been announced by DTC, one of the largest operators in Dubai. The company was founded in 1995 and occupies about 44% of the taxi market in Dubai.

Previously, preferential rates were offered for wheelchair users. Currently, people with disabilities can order regular taxis through the DTC app (if they do not have motor disorders) and enjoy a reduced rate.

How to get a Sanad card

To get a card, you need to apply online. According to the Community Development Authority (CDA) website, the validity of Sanad cards for PoD tourists depends on the duration of their visit.

To apply, you need to provide an electronic copy of a visitor visa issued by Dubai, a copy of your passport, an electronic copy of a medical certificate or disability card from your home country, and a recent photo.

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