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Becoming an Uber Driver in Dubai

Posted on the 29 January 2018 by Dubai City Company @iqdubaicity

In order to become an Uber driver in Dubai, you must have a clean driving record, be employed by a limousine company or car service Dubai and meet the minimum age requirement of 21. Potential drivers must also watch a short training video. The documentation needed is a valid Dubai driving license for the United Arab Emirates and an Emirates ID or proof of residence. This allows the driver to earn money in a way that suits them.

How to become an Uber Driver in Dubai

There are many emirates jobs in Dubai. For flexibility and autonomy, Uber is probably the best choice. To get Uber jobs in Dubai, visit the Uber website. Signing up is as easy as completing the registration online.

How does Uber work in Dubai?

You may wish to know how to use Uber in Dubai. Similarly to the rest of the world, to use Uber, simply download the app, search for your fare, and choose the type of Uber rides in Dubai you would like. Payment is made via the app and transferred immediately. There are three different levels of Uber in Dubai – Uberselect is a premium service and offers luxury cars for a higher rate; Uberblack which is the original Uber service; UberXL which is for large groups or simply the need for a large vehicle. This means that Uber Dubai offers a range from standard to premium travel.

Uber is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Using the app, riders are able to request an Uber at any time of the day or night. The app will show the rider a picture of their driver and the details of the vehicle, ensuring the safety of both parties at all times. There is also the ability to track the driver in real time to see when they will arrive.

The average cost of taxi in Dubai is around 44 AED (Arab Emirates Dollars) for 10 miles. With Uber, this is closer to 28 AED for the same distance. The average Uber salary in Dubai is around 30-50 AED per hour.

How to pick Uber driver?

The Uber phone app sends your request for transport to drivers in the local area. One of these drivers then accepts the job and collects you from your destination. Due to this system, Uber is not able to match you with specific drivers. After your journey, there is the option to rate your driver by providing anonymous feedback. Uber can then use this information to make sure their service remains at the level expected.

How is being an Uber driver?

Since its launch in August 2013, Uber in the United Arab Emirates has gone from strength to strength. Whilst information freely available online suggests that Uber are required to charge 30% more than standard taxis, other data also available online suggests that the actual fares charged by Uber are consistent with elsewhere in the world, and are cheaper than ‘normal’ taxis which is something Uber base their business model on, and are proud of.

Due to the regulation stating that Uber drivers must work for a limousine company, drivers must share their fee with their employer as well as Uber, meaning that they may not make as much as they could should this not be in place. This also means that Uber drivers are usually contracted to work for hotels, and switch to Uber during slower periods. Of course, this means that Uber is not the only income they can expect, making it more lucrative for the drivers overall.

Unlike traditional taxi services, Uber drivers do not have to pay a rental price to Uber in order to work, nor are they expected to work set hours. With Uber, drivers set their own schedules and can, therefore, work as much or as little as they like.

Demerit Points

In Dubai, demerit points are marks on your Dubai driving license from offenses committed whilst driving. If you are thinking about becoming an Uber driver, you will need to consider how to check how many demerit points you have. This can be done by checking your documentation or contacting the Roads & Transport Authority who issue driving licenses.

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