October 01, 2006

Taxi For One - #31


Taxi for one please... part of the Daily City Photo - Theme Day

The sturdy and generally reliable Dubai Taxi. All taxis are the Toyota Camry model. The drivers are usually from Kerala in India or from Pakistan, it appears to be the rule, perhaps the powers that be think that a Keralite is more predisposed to the streets of DXB than others...

Most are very friendly, but like anywhere they can also be new, lost or even rude... Try to have change as they don't always have the right change.

Dubai doesn't have a usual street address system so if you are going somewhere you don't know it helps to have a map or know a near by landmark.

A short journey will cost you about 10dhs (approx US$2.60) and a longer journey all the way across town of approx 30km will be about 50dhs (US$13.50).

Dubai has started to build a metro system, but this will be years away, so for now the only viable mode of public transport for a lot of people is the taxi.

I salute the Dubai Taxi Driver. A Hard Job, Done Well.





















Click the links to see the other cities participating in the Taxi Theme Day:
1 (Porto ) -2 (Albuquerque ) -3 (London ) -4 (Seattle, WA (USA) [Kim] ) -5 (Edinburgh ) -6 (Stayton, OR ) -7 (Greenville, SC ) -8 (Budapest ) -9 (Antigua Guatemala ) -10 (Alexandria, VA ) -11 (Manila ) -12 (Twin Cities ) -13 (Szentes ) -14 (Paris ) -15 (Portsmouth ) -16 (Ryde ) -17 (Sydney ) -18 (Oulu ) -19 (Singapore [keropok] ) -20 (Santiago ) -21 (Melbourne, Aust ) -22 (Dubai UAE ) -23 (Bandung (Indonesia) ) -24 (Copenhagen ) -25 (Sequim ) -26 (Singapore ) -27 (Tenerife ) -28 (Sharon, CT ) -29 (Tuzla, B&H ) -30 (Jakarta (Indonesia) ) -31 (Rotterdam ) -32 (Brussels ) -33 (Stavanger (Norway) ) -34 (Aliso Viejo, CA ) -35 (Oshawa, ON, Canada ) -36 (Vantaa, Finland ) -37 (Trier (Germany)) -38 (Newcastle upon Tyne ) -39 (Hong Kong ) -40 (Shang Hai ) -41 (Brussels ) -42 (San Diego, CA (USA) ) -43 (Sydney (Nathalie)) -

16 comments:

kaa said...

interesting shots of the taxi. well the taxi fare is certainly cheaper there then in finland

Kim said...

Really nice way to show us Dubai's style of taxi! Kudos!
-Kim

Eric said...

It's very interesting to see that they are all Toyota Camry's. Maybe they are sturdy and are a good purchase for the common Joe. Excellent shot, thanks!

Denton said...

In was interesting to me that you said "Dubai doesn't have a usual street address system". When you have a chance please elaborate on this comment.

Edulabbe said...

Nice looking taxis. And toyota are very secure cars.
Greetings from Chile

John - Melbourne said...

Nice salute... great mosaic of shots. good one!

Lachezar said...

Hi,

Love your photos too, and is good to be able to learn a bit more about Dubai.

Good sense of humor too...

As for the reflections ... well I can't help it, the are so photogenic...

Best wishes

Keropok Man said...

It seems Toyota is the preferred model for Taxis in many places. Singapore uses Toyota Crowns mostly. I see Toyota Altis and Camrys in Jakarta DP, I Toyota Altis and Camrys in Bangkok as well, while I was there. Now I know Dubai is a the Toyota club too! :-)

Ham said...

I like the composition and colour, nice take on the theme.

Kris said...

hmmm..interesting info. about the drivers . also, i like the sleek design :)

Jing said...

great photos!!
And its a nice feeling that today I read lots of interesting information about the taxi all over the world.
:)
So great we have this theme day!!
...jing

Jazzy said...

that's a cool sunny photo, nice capture.

Kate said...

Unusual photo and good arrangement of others.

Irredento Urbanita said...

I like the detail of the taxi you certainly caught in your photo, and the anatomy taxi images.

Greetings from PerĂº

Nathalie said...

Great approach to the topic, I like the close-up on the taxi sign and the patchwork of other details.

santy said...

creative shot!

to Denton: I don't know if it's the same thing in Dubai or not, but Jakarta and other parts in Indonesia have the same issue with address. For example: houses have random numbers, some of the streets are not numbered and sometimes there are streets which have the same names in one district! So, you could stumble into two houses with same street name and house number. Anyway, it's soooo complicated :)