Overseas users can now make prepaid bookings through the Cartrawler system.

Jojo Puthuparampil is a business news writer for Inc. Arabia.

Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) has formed a partnership with Irish rental and booking firm Cartrawler that will enable people overseas, like travelers to Dubai, to make prepaid bookings through the latter’s system.

According to Dubai Taxi, this would increase its productivity and financial reach worldwide.

Cartrawler serves 8 million people across 147 countries, according to Yousef Mohammed Al Ali, CEO of DTC.

The project is among many others initiated by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to support electronic and smart transportation.

Recently, RTA unveiled an hourly car rental service, in collaboration with Ekar and UDrive. Each one of these two companies would offer up 100 vehicles at early stages of the project.

Users in Dubai will be able to use a smart application on their personal gadgets to book, pay the rate and open one of the cars available in certain locations all over Dubai, according to Yousef Mohammed Al Ali, CEO of DTC.

DTC also recently introduced free WiFi service on board its limousine fleet. The service, which is available from Dubai to all other Emirates, will gradually be broadened to cover all DTC taxicabs.

Dubai’s RTA also signed a pact with ride-hailing service Careem to provide taxi and limousine services in the emirate through the latter’s app.

In July, RTA said it would be launching a common booking and payment application integrating all methods of transport including Monorail, Dubai Trolley as well as e-hail or mobile app-based taxi services.

The new Integrated Mobility Platform (IMP) will allow users to pay for e-hail services such as Uber and Careem, the Monorail in Palm Jumeirah, DubaiTrolley in Downtown Dubai and private limousine services alongside the RTA’s services.

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