The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology announced eight applications for licenced on-demand taxis. Once the apps meet the Ministry’s regulations, they can process immediate orders or advance bookings. The step comes as part of the Ministry’s efforts to regulate the activity of taxis in Oman. The licences are being endorsed for several taxi services, including Otaxi, Tasleem, Ubar, Marhaba, TM DONE, Hala Taxi, Tanweel and Sayidati (for women). On-demand taxi smart apps provide for tracking and monitoring of the taxi tour at fixed prices determined prior to the start of the trip.