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Avoid Taxi Tricksters at Dubai Airport

Generally, tourists after getting down at the airport, go straight to fetch a taxi that would drive them comfortably to the destination of their choice. But many passengers at Dubai airport easily fall into the trap laid by taxi drivers wanting to take advantage of unassuming tourists.
Earlier, there used to be a single taxi queue at the Dubai Airport. But now with availability of three different type of taxis to avoid clustering and serve different parts of the town, tourists are easily misled by taxi drivers claiming to be 'airport taxi service'. As soon as the passenger makes way out of the airport, frauds approach them showing them price sheets for all areas. Claiming that taxi fares from the airport are fixed, these fraud drivers dupe tourists into paying double the price of a regular taxi ride.

The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) offers three taxi services from the airport - red roofed, pink roofed and the limousine taxis, all available at the taxi queue. In addition, Emirates airlines and Valtrans Limousine also offer their own limousine services from the airport.

A limousine taxi ride starts from Dh95 to Bur Dubai, Dhs150 to Al Barsha or Dhs200 to Sharjah independent of the place where you want to go. It is the same price irrespective of the location. Frauds present this same price sheet, but offer a regular cab ride instead of limousine.

Cheaters out there at the Dubai Airport claim cheap rates but literally take tourists for a ride by putting forth dubious services, personal vehicles instead of a cab, and flout all rules set by the RTA.

Moral of the story - Any service offered other than the RTA taxi ( red roofed, pink roofed and the limousine taxis ), Emirates airlines and Valtrans Limousine is an unregistered taxi service and should be avoided at all costs!

So, next time you visit Dubai, avoid unregistered taxi services. Hire only those approved by the RTA to go to your hotel or desired destination.

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Sameera John
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Unfortunately I did not check the web prior to going to Dubai and we were duped by a dishonest Indian who approached us as we were making our way to the taxi rank. People vulnerable after a long overnight flight. So beware if anybody approaches you offering a taxi service especially the Indian who approached us
Thanks for this information.
Thank you! For the wonderful information shared by you, I was thinking about coming to Dubai this July. This cleared my concern about transportation in Dubai. I was recomended City Guide by a close friend of mine. Hope that's a good one.

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