Commuters can now pick up a car from any location and drop it anywhere else in Dubai, paying for the service by the minute or on an hourly basis, officials said on Sunday.
At 50 fils per minute or Dh30 per hour, including parking fees and fuel cost, the service is much cheaper than a regular taxi, offering commuters convenient mobility at an affordable rate. A second option of dropping the car back at the place from where it was picked is available at a much cheaper rate of 40 fils per minute or Dh24 per hour. The rates are inclusive of fuel costs and parking fees at zones A, B, C and D, which covers most of the city, except Deira Fish Market, Tecom areas and Downtown Dubai.
The cars will be available at 45 locations, including Rashidiya, Burjuman, Ibn Battuta, Union, and Business Bay metro stations.
The car rental service is restricted within the emirate of Dubai. Cars can be refuelled at any Enoc and Eppco petrol stations, free of charge.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) launched the services on Sunday in partnership with two firms, Udrive and ekar, each offering 100 cars stationed at different locations, including most of the metro stations and other landmarks.
The first phase of the service will see 200 cars on offer from various locations, including metro stations on red and green lines as well as other key landmarks.
The service could be accessed through Udrive and ekar mobile apps or the websites of the service providers.
Residents can register for the service via mobile apps by uploading their Emirates ID, Driving Licence and credit card details as well as a selfie with either their ID or DL.
Once registered, the commuters will be provided a unique personal identification number.
The cars can be located through the map embedded to the apps and commuters can then make a choice. “The car can be unlocked or locked by pressing an icon on the app and once inside, feeding in the vehicle identification number in the devise fitted in the car will start the vehicle,” said Al Ali.
Visitors can also register by uploading their passport copy and other documents.
According to RTA, the rental services will be allowed for a maximum period of six hours per day.