Il­le­gal taxis: why would any­one ac­cept a lift from a stranger, asks reader

7 Days in Dubai - - DEAR 7DAYS... -

“Ev­ery time I walk out from Ter­mi­nal 3 in DXB some strangers ap­proach me with of­fer­ing taxi ser­vices. About 10 me­tres next to RTA Taxi.”

STE­FAN WAL­TER

“Didn’t your par­ents teach you to say no to strangers? Even the au­tho­rised taxi guys are strangers too, not ev­ery­one that drives an au­tho­rised taxi can be trusted, you can’t truly know what’s in some­one’s mind. If only air­port taxis were cheaper and less ex­pen­sive for both long and short dis­tances, then there would be no need for these unau­tho­rised taxi guys. But well this is UAE, trans­porta­tion is quite ex­pen­sive un­less you take a bus or train which are not avail­able around the air­port.”

IDEBU DEB­BIE IDEBU

“Peo­ple take lifts from strangers be­cause if you wanna go to Al Ain from Abu Dhabi Air­port with air­port taxi it might charge you (200/300, I’m not sure but it’s ap­prox­i­mate). But you can go with il­le­gal taxi only for 50 dirhams. I think there should have more af­ford­able taxi or bus sys­tem to avoid this kind of il­le­gal ser­vice.”

MO­HAMMED AB­DUL AOWAL CHOWD­HURY

“Same thoughts... if you just paid enough for your daily food why I don’t take the risk for af­ford­able one that can save my plate for three days.... just be friendly on the stranger.”

FRANCK BUCAY

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