The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Uber announced today the trial of an economy offering uberX that will provide riders in Dubai with access to safe and affordable rides. The announcement comes following a partnership agreement between Uber and the RTA in January to study new mobility options to support Dubai Plan 2021.
Based on a joint study between the two sides, the pilot uberX will be rolled out gradually over a trial period of 3 months starting from 17 April. It starts with a limited number of vehicles, and expanding to a wider pool of riders and driver-partners. uberX will be priced lower than the current UberSELECT, whilst still offering the same expected levels of safety, reliability, and convenience.
This economic product helps lay the foundations to explore the development of advanced products like UberPOOL and UberElevate, paving the way for a fully integrated, multi-modal transport network that smart cities of the future are building. After finishing the trial period, the two sides will study its results and decide to either carry on, develop or discontinue.
The announcement of this pilot follows the successful rollout of uberX in cities across the Middle East, including Riyadh, Cairo, and Beirut, where it has complemented other Uber products, and provided people with a convenient and easy way to travel safely and affordably.
The pricing of the newly introduced uberX will be as follows:
● AED 5 – base fare
● AED 1.37 per km
● AED 0.4 per minute