Qatar's taxi surge: 'Al Million' cabs launched in Doha
The country’s first private taxi operators Al Million Taxis are hopeful of launching all their 500 vehicles well before their deadline ends on December 31 this year. Speaking to Gulf Times on the sidelines of the launching ceremony yesterday, Al Million Services Trading & Contracting Company’s managing director Abdul Kader Mydeen said his company had 385 new Toyota Corolla cars for their operations at present and the remaining cars would be launched in the next few months. “Besides our highly advanced call centre equipped with the latest communication gadgets, each of our cars is also similarly fitted with latest in-vehicle equipment so that the potential passengers could be ensured of the availability of taxis at the point of their call in the minimum waiting period,” he said. Mydeen also felt their company would position their vehicles in each of the zones in and around Doha and outside depending upon their customer requirements in the coming days. “We conducted feasibility, viability and practicability studies in the market in the last few months and identified those areas where there is continuous demand for the vehicles and other areas where there is less demand throughout the day,” he said. More taxis would be positioned in those areas where there is more demand and availability of vehicles in the morning peak hours would certainly be good, added the entrepreneur. Once a call is received and attended to by a service agent at the company’s 24-hour call centre (toll free 8005500) in Al-Sadd area, the agent would immediately send an SMS message with the customer’s details and also inform him about the availability of the taxis at the point from where he is making the call, explained Mydeen. The managing director also felt the launching of the taxi service would give his business group a much enhanced visibility and identity in the highly competitive local market. “Along with gaining better visibility in the market, we also aim to match the highest standards in the taxi industry, as in Singapore or say in some parts of Europe,” said Mydeen.