Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has ordered that bonuses totalling AED 14 million ($3.81 million) be paid to the owners of 2,833 taxi number plates during Ramadan.
The payments will be in addition to their annual dues during the Holy Month according to a statement on the ruler’s official website.
Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the board of executive directors of Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) said: “This bonus is one of several of His Highness’s gestures during Ramadan to enhance the welfare of citizens.
“The payments particularly reflect his keenness to support fixed income earners and disadvantaged families. Apart from enhancing their wellbeing and happiness, the initiatives also contributes to boosting social solidarity.”
Emiratis were first awarded taxi number plates before Dubai Taxi Corporation was created, and the plates are now leased to the RTA, which was established in 2005.
(Writing by Imogen Lillywhite; editing by Daniel Luiz)
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