Our regular taxi driver (who works for Dubai Transport - they have something like 3,000 taxis in Dubai) has given us the following information:
07.00hrs - 22.00hrs : taxi from hotel, mall or on the street will have 3dhs on meter when you get in
22.00hrs - 07.00hrs : taxi from hotel, mall or on the street will have 3.5dhs on the meter when you get in
If you phone for a taxi those charges will double, ie 07.00hrs - 22.00hrs rate on meter when you get in will be 6dhs
If you want a taxi for 6 hours (no matter what time of day or night) it will be a flat charge of 300dhs. Anything from 6 hours to 10 hours the flat rate is 500dhs.
Dubai Airport charges each taxi 20dhs per pick-up for plying for business there and this charge is passed straight on to the passenger and ths will appear on the meter when you get in.
If you have a complaint about your taxi driver there is a sticker in the taxi with a number you can phone to make your complaint. Get the details of your driver and his car registration number, make a note of the time of your journey and where you were going, and phone it in.
The dearly beloved (I don't think so!!!!!) Salik road toll started on 1st July with two electronic toll points, one at Garhoud Bridge and the other at Mall of the Emirates. All cars passing through the electronic gates must have a Salik sticker on their windscreen and each pass through the gate means that 4dhs is deducted from the credited amount on the sticker. This 4dhs charge is also passed on to taxi passengers.