As residents continue to return to the UAE in the wake of easing travel restrictions, they’re not only met by the comfort of being back in their home country but also a free ride from the airport. Uber and Mastercard have partnered up to provide residents landing at Dubai International Airport (DXB), Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUD) a hassle-free arrival home with a complimentary chauffeur-driven trip back to their residence throughout the month of July.
Returning travelers can apply for a voucher either through the Uber app or this dedicated website once they arrive in order to avail this offer until July 31. Although there is no distance limit in place, this limited-time voucher capped to one per Uber customer has a maximum value of AED 100 and will only be applied if Mastercard is the method of payment. In line with current government regulations, only two passengers are permitted per vehicle so larger groups should plan accordingly.
“It is our role to better connect cities and communities through safe, reliable technology and in the moments that matter the most,” said Uber’s regional general manager of Middle East and Africa Anthony le Roux. “Kicking off the partnership in the Middle East with free trips for residents in the UAE is a heart-warming ‘welcome home’ for the tens of thousands of residents who have been stuck abroad, away from loved ones for many months and have been severely impacted by the pandemic.”
This initiative is one of many Mastercard has created to support communities across the region in the ongoing aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. Uber has also implemented a series of health and safety precautions in the UAE to protect the wellbeing of both drivers and riders, such as mandatory masks for drivers, frequent car sanitization, and readily available hand sanitizer.
Several national and international airline partners have already begun operating in UAE airports and tourists are starting to trickle back inside the country starting from today, July 7 as Dubai was declared “open” to leisure and business travelers once again.