A total of 6,650 Emirati taxi cab plate owners have been awarded a bonus of AED26.6m ($7.24m), or an average of AED4000 ($1,089) each, by Dubai’s ruler.
“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, has ordered the payment of a bonus amounting to Dhs26.6 million to Emiratis holding taxicab number plates operated by the Dubai Taxi Corporation and Taxi Franchise Companies at the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA); the total number of which is 6,650 plates,” it was announced in a statement.
The bonus covers 2013 and is over and above owner’s annual financial dues, the statement added.
Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of the RTA, thanked Sheikh Mohammed for rewarding taxi plate holders and said the bonus will help “them to better cope with the requirements of life and earn a decent living for them and their families.”
“This bonus is one of several other generous gestures we are accustomed to from His Highness; which are a true testament to the support accorded by His Highness to his people and the attention he pays to their social affairs and living conditions, particularly those with fixed incomes.
“It also illustrates the attention made to provide good living to all members of the community, and articulates the prevailing social solidarity concepts among individuals,” Al Tayer added.
Last month, it was reported there are a total of 8,997 taxi cabs operated in Dubai by 19,325 drivers.