Yes, Dubai does have Uber. The service operates in the city, providing an alternative to traditional taxis and other forms of public transportation.
Users can book rides through the Uber app, which offers various vehicle options to suit different needs and preferences.
Uber in Dubai is known for its convenience, reliability, and the ability to track your ride and pay electronically.
What’s the Cost of Uber in Dubai
First, the amount of money you spend on Uber in Dubai depends on a few factors. One of them is the ride option you choose.
Regarding Uber, one has 3 options. There’s Select, equivalent to the popular Economy; Black, similar to Business; and UberXL, equal to Max.
The distance to your destination also makes a huge difference. There’s also the issue of time which explains why people going to and from the same place could spend different amounts of money regardless.
If you use Uber Select or Uber VIP, the cost per kilometer is AED 2.38. The rate is AED 0.2 per minute.
On the other hand, one pays AED 1.68 per kilometer when using Uber X. However, the rate per minute is similar to its other counterparts and thus stands at AED 0.2.
Are There Cheaper Uber Alternatives?
There are two great alternatives to Uber in Dubai. They include taxis and Careem, and we will deduce their prices to see whether they are cheaper or more expensive than Uber.
What’s the Cost of Taxis in Dubai?
Like in the case of Uber, the taxi option also has several ride choices. They include family taxis, limousines, and regular taxis.
The limousine category offers luxurious vehicles, including Lexus. The costs are as follows, depending on the type of your ride;
A regular taxi costs you a bus fare of 5.5. The minimum fare is AED 5, which applies from 6 am to 10 pm, whereas every additional kilometer costs you AED 1.97.
On the other hand, a limousine costs you a bus fare of 7.5. The minimum fare is AED 25, whereas every additional kilometer costs you AED 3.42
Lastly, a family taxi costs you a bus fare of 5.5 and applies from 6 am to 10 pm. The minimum fare is AED 25, whereas every additional kilometer costs you AED 1.97.
What’s the Cost of Careem in Dubai?
Having looked at the costs of taxis and Uber, let’s focus on Uber now. If you use this option, expect the following costs.
The economy class charges a fee of AED 5.4, and the minimum fare is AED 15. The rate per kilometer is AED 2.72, and each minute costs you AED 0.65.
The business class charges a starting fee of AED 6, and the minimum fare is AED 18. The rate per kilometer is AED 2.9, and each minute costs you AED 0.9.
The max class charges a starting fee of AED 8, and the minimum fare is AED 20. The rate per kilometer is AED 3.67, and each minute costs you AED 0.9.
How Uber Compares to Taxi and Careem in Dubai
It turns out that Uber is the most expensive ride compared to its taxi and Careem counterparts. Let’s use a distance of up to 15 minutes from Bur Juman Mall, from Bur Dubai to Downtown Dubai at The Dubai Mall.
If you were to use the three methods and the three ride options, here are the average costs for each option.
As for the economy option, the taxi rates are around AED 25.9. Careem rates are between 32 to 39, whereas its uber counterpart charges from AED 42 to 43.
Regarding the business option, the taxi rates are around AED 53. Careem rates are between 34 to 42, whereas its uber counterpart charges AED.46.19
Lastly, there’s the max or family, and the taxi rates are around AED 42. Careem rates are between 42 to 43, whereas its uber counterpart charges from AED 54 to 55.