'Karwa' taxis are government-owned vehicles considered the most convenient and safe form of public transportation in all of Qatar. Mowasalat -- Qatar's major transport services provider and the company behind Karwa -- says that their vehicles are comfortable luxury sedans, servicing people in Qatar since 2004.
Today, the Mowasalat fleet includes taxis, limousines, and public and private buses for events and contracts.
The most common among Mowasalat's line-up of beasts is, of course, their Karwa taxis. And if you think that they're all the same just because the taxis are sprinkled in the same hue of blue, then you might want to check their roof the next time you ride or book one.
Below is a round-up of the five colours of the Karwa taxis. They might not have lots of differences from one another besides the roof colour, but we made it to a point to provide you with all the exclusive facts and statistics (as provided by Mowasalat itself):
Not only are the silver-roofed Mowasalat taxis the pioneering transport providers among the other four having served Qatar for a whopping 14 years in operation, but it is also the most versatile as it offers street pick-up, contact center booking, airport service, as well as lifts for the handicapped. They are also the only state-owned taxis on the list with vehicle types such as Toyota Camry, Toyota Previa, and Volkswagen-Jetta.
Note: The next four are franchise taxi operators which Mowasalat accumulated. They operate with the same regulated branding and quality service standard as Mowasalat-Karwa Taxis. But unlike the silver-roofed ones, they're not as versatile as the only transport services that they offer are street pick-up and booking through the contact center – 800 TAXI (8294).
With a total of 6 years in operation, the maroon-roofed Al Million Taxis is one of Mowasalat's very first taxi franchise -and the most stylish as well. The company's 500 taxis around Qatar are either a Toyota Camry or a Toyota Fortuner.
Boasting a total of approximately 1,000 vehicles picking up passengers around Qatar for 6 years already, the blue-roofed Al-Ijarah Taxis is one of the most dominant -- and sometimes, the easiest to spot -- among its fellows. They have a variety of vehicle types ranging from Nissan Altima, Hyundai Sonata, to Toyota Camry.
Just like blue, yellows are also a thing in several areas around Qatar with Profit Trading and Contracting Taxis -- which has been under Mowasalat for 4 years now. Toyota Camry, Toyota Innova are some of the vehicle types that the operator carries.
It's not black, it's not grey-it's charcoal! Dubbed as Mowasalat's latest franchise, the charcoal-roofed Capital Taxi is barely 4 years in operation. Don't mistake it for a grey roof though, this version of the Karwa Taxis is the most well-maintained considering its relatively raw age. They're usually composed of Skoda and Superb vehicle types.
Mowasalat also mentioned that when it comes to their drivers' statistics, South Asians and Africans make up most of the population. And from 4,200 taxis in 2016, they're eyeing to reach a record number of 7,000 by the year 2020.
To book a taxi, call 800-TAXI (8294). For lost & found, complaints & feedback please call 800-TAXI or drop an email to [email protected] You can also download the Karwa app here for IOS and Android.
Now that you know the different colours of the taxis, will it be more fun for you the next time you book a Karwa Taxi to your destination? Moreover, are you seeing Mowasalat franchising a new taxi operator in the future? If yes, what colour would you like to see next? Drop us a line in the comments below and don't forget to like and share this article!
(Images courtesy of Mowasalat)
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