Cab-sharing in Abu Dhabi allowed for single-fare journeys

Published On: 
Tue, 20/08/2013 - 15:16

Taxis in Abu Dhabi are allowed to drop off more than one customer as long as it is during a single-fare journey.

The rule has been confirmed by the company that regulates cabs in the capital, TransAD, and is similar to a policy in Dubai set out by the Roads and Transport Authority.

In a written response to questions from The National, TransAD confirmed that multiple drops on journeys were not allowed if it meant the meter would be stopped and restarted each time a customer got out.

"In general, the taxi industry allows for multiple drops only to the group of passengers - family, friends, people working in the same organisation, etc - starting their ride from one location and drop off in a different location by considering it a single ride without restarting the meter until the end of the final destination," TransAD said.

Abu Dhabi set to host huge 'EidFest' celebrations

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Mon, 05/08/2013 - 14:41

Abu Dhabi residents are in for a treat this Eid Al Fitr as the city plays host to family activities, star-studded concerts, celebratory shows, attraction activations, night markets and extended mall opening hours - all part of the emirate's traditional EidFest Abu Dhabi promotion.

'Eid is an occasion when visitors and residents alike can come together and share the emirate's social atmosphere and diverse celebrations,' said Faisal Al Sheikh, Director, Events Bureau, Tourism and Culture Authority Abu Dhabi.

Eid Al Fitr holidays announced | 2013

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Sat, 03/08/2013 - 12:07

Government offices in the UAE will be closed from Wednesday, August 7 (Ramadan 29), for the Eid Al Fitr break, officials have announced.

Work will resume on Shawal 4, which could fall on Sunday, August 11 if Eid falls on Thursday, August 8.

Abu Dhabi’s street sign to get QR codes

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Tue, 30/07/2013 - 11:57

Street signs in Abu Dhabi will soon include QR codes that can be recognized by smartphones.

30-minute Dubai to Abu Dhabi commute

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Tue, 30/07/2013 - 09:37

ABU DHABI // The choice for commuters travelling between Dubai and Abu Dhabi is bleak - hunker down for the 150km drive, shell out Dh250 for a taxi or take a slow, inconvenient bus.

But what if you could bypass the rush-hour race in a plane?
Starting on Thursday, domestic airline Rotana Jet will offer three round-trip flights a week from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, aimed at tourists and business travellers. The half-hour flight will be cheaper than a taxi - with one-way fares from Dh150 - and take a third of the time.
"We have been approached by quite a lot of tour operators in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to provide connectivity between the cities," said Rajendran Vellapalath, the airline's commercial and planning director.

Abu Dhabi turns in 12pc rise in Hotel Guests for H1 2013

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Tue, 30/07/2013 - 09:04

Abu Dhabi has reported a 12 per cent rise in the number of guests staying in its 145 hotels and hotel apartments for the first half of this year compared to the first six months of last year.

Figures released by Abu Dhabi Tourism '&' Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) also show that guests in the emirate are staying longer and that there have been significant increases in hotel occupancies and revenues.

During the first half of this year some 1,333,339 guests checked into Abu Dhabi accommodation delivering 4,226,604 guest nights - a rise of 25 per cent on 2012.

Abu Dhabi Central Market tunnel opens

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Fri, 26/07/2013 - 13:43

Almost six years after work began, Khalifa Street is once again connected to Airport Road, with six lanes of traffic now making its way through a ground-level tunnel beneath Central Market.

Access in the congested city-centre area has eased since the opening of a portion of Khalifa (Street 3) last week, leaving local residents and businesses hopeful of easier passage and increased trade.

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Mubadala World Tennis Championship | MWTC | 2013

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Start Date: 
Thursday, December 26, 2013
End Date: 
Saturday, December 28, 2013

The global tennis season starts here when the 2013 Mubadala World Tennis Championship returns to Abu Dhabi from 26th – 28th December. With the world's best competing for the Championship title and USD $250,000 prize money, 2013 promises to be bigger and better than ever before!

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