Summer heat in Qatar could reach up to 50 degrees. Thankfully, gone are the days when you need to stay directly under the sun to wait for a ride. Technology paves its way to ease up this part of living (especially in the Middle East!) by creating taxi booking applications in smart phones. 

Karwa Taxi App

Karwa App barcode

Having more than 4,000 cars fleet, get picked up by the nearest taxi in the shortest period with just a single click through this app.This tool saves passengers from ‘taxi nightmares’ with features that include rating the trip, driver, vehicle, and overall service. The app also lets the passenger access recent trip details for lost and found enquiries or to lodge complaints, and transactions. Also, there are options to make a booking for future or for immediate pickup. The new updated version of the app has the Limousine tab if you prefer to have a limousine.

How it works

  • Download the app from Google Play or App Store or scan the QR code on the right
  • Once downloaded, it will ask you to sign up via Facebook or email
  • Tap your pick up location from the map and then the small globe button to select your destination
  • Tap ‘Request booking’ and indicate your building number or nearest landmark
  • You can track your taxi by tapping the ‘Where’s my ride?’

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Careem

Started by former management consultants, Careem is a private car booking service that is upgrading the way people travel around town. Customers can order a car online or using Careem’s mobile app, track their rides in real-time, pay with credit cards, and access receipts online. Their is also serving some large corporates, who have signed up all their staff and pay through monthly invoices. Careem’s global team is spread between Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Karachi, Boston and San Francisco. Careem captains follow a pointing system that give passengers an overall pleasant ride experience.

How it works

  • Download Careem App via App Store or Google Play
  • Once signed up, log in to www.careem.com or use the Careem mobile app to order a ride.
  • Ordering takes less than 15 seconds – all you need to provide are your pickup and drop-off locations, and when you need the ride.
  • Order a ride from your smart phone, track the car in real-time and pay by credit card or cash

For more information, visit Careem Qatar’s website.


Uber

By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through their apps, Uber makes cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. From their founding in 2009 to their launches in over 70 cities today, Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer.

How it works

  • Download Uber via App Store or Google Play
  • Sign up via Facebook or Email
  • Enter the promo code ‘MarhabaQatar14’ to get QR150 discount off your first Uber ride.
  • Select your pickup location in the Uber app and your private driver will arrive within minutes. No need to inform the driver on the discounted rides.

For more information, visit Uber Qatar’s website.

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