Taxis in Dubai will be fitted with free WiFi after Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and telecoms provider Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (Du) signed a strategic smart city partnership at Gitex 2018.

All 10,800 cabs in the emirate will be fitted with free Wifi within the next 12 months as part of the agreement between RTA and Du.

Du said the plan was in line with efforts to make Dubai one of the technologically smartest cities in the world.

“This initiative is an important step in our efforts to support the UAE Government’s Vision 2021 for providing accessible modern telecommunication services,” said Osman Sultan, chief executive officer of Du.

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Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, chief of RTA's Public Transport Agency, said all fleet vehicles that make up the six franchise companies operating in Dubai will be covered under the agreement.

“The WiFi service enables taxi riders to browse the internet using their mobile phones, tabs, or handheld devices. It saves them the time and enables them to do several tasks while in transit,” Bahrozyan said. 

 “This service shall be subject to a continuous and accurate assessment and will be upgraded in conjunction with Du to enable riders to enjoy seamless internet connectivity. Du offers great services all over the UAE and has a high reputation across the community.” 

Dubai already has more than 400 free WiFi hotspots across the city, including on the Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, Emaar Boulevard Downtown, and Global Village.