So I have just got back from my second visit to dubai, lat time I went was 2 years ago in July and I dont remember the taxi drivers being so miserable and rude. The best one is the refusal of taking me (and others from what I have read) to destinations that is under 15dhs.
I got this quite a bit, for instance I went to the marina mall, and was staying at the Marina byblos, which is only a 10min walk, however I had shopping, I mean waitrose shopping not lightweight pretty dresses or I would have walked back, and I got a look of such anger because I had such a short trip even though he could see the bags of shopping, the other one was I was at the marina walk, jonnny rockets to be precise which is quite a distance back to the byblos, alone with 2 kids one being aged 3 , half asleep at 10pm, and two taxi drivers refused to take me, the one that finally did explained that the taxi drivers do not like short trips, and this attitude especially seeing me as a single woman with kids at night is beyond me.
I was in the MOE and the woman in front of me went to get into the taxi, (she had lots of carrefour shopping) she told him where she wanted to go and he drove off, i asked what happened she said she has no clue, I asked if it was a close journey and she said reasonably so I can only assume this is why he just left her in the lurch, luckly the mall attendant took down the details.
I did say after my first visit I wouldnt go back (I prefer Abu dhabi) but as I found a cheap air fare i thought may as well, this business with the taxi drivers has ensured this recent trip will be my last. I did take the metro wherever possible to avoid the taxi drivers but sometimes this was not feasable...I thought the London minicab drivers were surly but Dubai is a totally different catergory.