Transportation is a big deal in Qatar, and is a bigger headache during the summer. In particular, waiting to get a cab – and then convincing the driver to go to your destination - under the sun can be really exhausting and frustrating. Things get even worse when you have to argue with the cabbie when he doesn’t want to turn on the meter.
All this is changing as technology is helping make taxi services more reliable and customer-friendly. A number of application-based services are available and commuters can choose one based on their needs and preferences.
CAREEM - Upgrading the way people travel around town, Careem is a popular private car booking service in the country. You can book a cab online or by using Careem’s mobile app, track their rides in real time, pay with cash or credit cards and your Ooredoo creditsand access receipts online. Careem’s global team is spread across spread across 27 cities in MENA-SA region from Morocco to Pakistan.
UBER - Uber seamlessly connects, lets you track their rides in real time and provides online receipts. Uber makes any corner of the city more accessible and, like in other parts of the world, has emerged as a favourite travel option for Doha residents as well. From its inception in 2009 to operating in over 70 cities today, Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer.
KARWA APP - Karwa (Mowasalat) is synonymous with public transport in Qatar. While you can find running Karwa taxis all over, the service is also available through a smartphone app. It gives you hassle-free service and you can request for a taxi booking with a single click and get picked up by the nearest taxi in the shortest period. Taxi booking has never been easier.
QATAR TAXI – Assuring a friendly and dynamic interface, Qatar Taxi gets the nearest cab to you. Apart from great service, they have a professional group of drivers, hence assuring your safety. And yes, they are more affordable!
These mobile applications will surely help ease your pain of getting to your destination in Qatar. So, the next time you need a taxi, just take out your phone and log on to these apps to get a cab at your doorstep or wherever you are.
Ever used one of these apps before? How was your experience?
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