Female Taxi Drivers Challenge another Male Domain in UAE

Published May 29th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The first group of women taxi drivers said they are looking forward to hitting the roads when the service begins on Thursday, reported the daily Gulf News Monday.  

Seven taxis driven by women are being introduced by Dubai Transport Corporation to cater to women and their families who feel more comfortable with a woman at the wheel, the daily added.  

The seven women, all Arab nationals, say they had to overcome social stereotypes and prejudices in their choice of a new career.  

"When I showed an interest in applying for the driving job, there was quite a lot of opposition from my brothers and senior family members," one of the women Abla Hussain was quoted by the daily as saying.  

"I really had a tough time getting them to agree."  

The drivers' uniforms will be in the corporation's trademark beige color, but the women will wear long skirts instead of trousers, added the daily.  

Sudanese Ehasan Hassan told the daily, that "the job was regarded as a challenge.  

"If women can be pilots and fly, why not drive a taxi?" she wondered.  

"We have undergone rigorous training for three months, including how to deal with passengers and their attitudes," Hassan said.  

"We have been taught to give top priority to passenger service. There is always a chance we will come across difficult passengers, but I have the confidence to deal with them."  

The daily added that Hassan feels it is time that more Arab women enter the male-dominated job scene as they have in many other Asian and European countries - Albawaba.com 

 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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