Kate-Lynne Wolmarans17 Apr 2017 AT 05:53 PM

Uber in Dubai just got much cheaper

The test trial of uberX has officially started
Kate-Lynne Wolmarans17 Apr 2017 AT 05:53 PM
Uber in Dubai just got much cheaper
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Starting from today Uber is much, much cheaper, thanks to the trial launch of uberX.  

That’s right, Uber’s economy class cars have officially hit the streets of Dubai and from today your trip will start on AED5 with your fare going up by AED1.37 per kilometer and AED0.4 per minute, all you have to do is select the uberX option.

We recommend that you use the service before the end of its three month trial period because Uber and RTA will decide on whether to keep, discontinue or improve the service soon after that.

Should the concept of uberX get approved, it could lead to the introduction of other ideas like Uber Elevate (Uber and RTA’s proposal for self-driving flying cars) and UberPOOL (Uber’s carpool service).

The concept of uberX was officially announced this past January after Uber and the Dubai Road and Transport Authority signed an agreement to study new mobility options that will part of Dubai’s 2021 project.

Speaking on uberX, Uber’s general manager Chris Free said: “[the] launch promotes our belief that increased access to economic and reliable modes of transport will provide a viable alternative to individual car ownership, helping to tackle congestion and pollution, whilst complementing the existing public transit infrastructure in Dubai.”

He added: “Our vision is to have more people in fewer cars, promote the use of public transport by providing an economically priced product for people to get to/from metro, tram stations, bus stops and marine transport stations, and to ultimately allow riders to move around their cities easier.”

The RTA also believe that launching cheaper, safer transport options will help encourage more people to use public transport.

The CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency Abdulla Yousef Al Ali revealed that: “The pilot will offer an affordable option for residents to move around Dubai, and encourage a larger pool of people to reconsider car ownership, and instead opt for more convenient and efficient transport solutions, which we believe would translate to a happier city.”