Muscat: Taxis in Oman can soon be booked using a new mobile app, the Ministry of Tourism announced on Wednesday.
These taxis will be available for commuters through a mobile app service and website, along with call centre services.
“Through this solution, taxis will be at your doorstep anywhere and at any time with just the touch of a button. Along with the convenience of booking a taxi, the system provides a safe and secure environment for tourists, allowing locals and expats to use taxis for travelling within the country,” the Ministry said.
“This solution will not only benefit passengers, but will also make it easier for local Omani drivers to do their jobs using innovative yet simple mobile technologies. The solution provides the drivers with enhanced exposure to commuter needs, thereby increasing their earnings, as well as increase their credibility and professionalism to gain the passengers’ trust,” it said.
The launch date or the number of taxis has not been announced yet. The ministry also said drivers can also reap rewards of optimised fuel consumption as a result of the best routes suggested by the technology in the mobile handsets fitted in their taxis.
“They will also be trained in every aspect to provide the best services seamlessly. The introduction of these services will also generate jobs for locals,” it said.
“As a mission to provide the above benefits and much more to the masses, the Ministry of Tourism has done immense research and invested its efforts to partner with leading solutions provider, Ingenuity Technologies LLC. With the tag line of ‘Simplifying Business,’ Ingenuity Technologies LLC specialises in providing information security solutions with a focus on Security, Safety and Identity Solutions.
“Since its inception in 2003, the company has successfully provided its services to many reputed public and private organisations locally and internationally,” it added.