Easy Taxi popular with women

Updated 15 August 2014
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Easy Taxi popular with women

With taxi booking application gradually becoming popular, women commuters feel comfortable to move around in the city.
The application available for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone devices helps passengers locate taxis in their immediate vicinity and access information about the distance of their journey. Moreover, passengers can contact the selected taxi driver from the number provided by the app to make the deal and to confirm their timely arrival.
The app has received praise from women.
“We face a lot of hassle while hiring a taxi at the street corner when they are five or more cars waiting to get business out of us. But this innovative idea has solved our taxi woes.” said Fatimah Rehman, a Jeddah resident.
Laila Yassar narrated her "wonderful experience" through the Easy Taxi app booking.
“It is a great initiative in terms of security and safety as women do not feel comfortable standing on the street waiting to get a taxi,” she said. “Moreover, with the journey being constantly updated it erases the fear of customer and there is no need to worry if you forget your belongings on the taxi because you already have the driver’s name and number.”
She added that the new method needs to be widely encouraged and practiced.
An official of taxi application said that they work with select drivers and sign up only those who provide excellent service. When the customer with the data connection tap opens the app and orders a taxi, within seconds the information about the car and the driver is relayed to the passenger’s smartphone.
He said the taxi fares remain the same and that the service is available 24/7.
Women find the app friendly and helpful.
Dr. Rania Saleh, a gynecologist, said: “This application can be used anytime, anywhere. I use it late night when my driver fails to pick me up.”


Christchurch Muslims praise King Salman’s Hajj offer

Updated 20 min 6 sec ago
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Christchurch Muslims praise King Salman’s Hajj offer

  • The president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury Shagaf Khan said people will be both financially and spiritually supported during the journey
  • Khan said a trip to Makkah would normally cost around 10,000 New Zealand dollars ($6,769), but King Salman’s offer would cover pilgrims “from the time they leave their house and come back”

CHRISTCHURCH: King Salman’s Hajj offer to host families of those affected by March’s Christchurch terror attacks is “something really special,” said the president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury, Shagaf Khan.
The Saudi king has offered to host and cover the expenses of 200 Hajj pilgrims when they journey to Makkah this year.
Khan said people will be both financially and spiritually supported during the journey. “For some of them, it’ll be a great comfort feeling like they’ve fulfilled the obligations of being a Muslim,” he added.
Khan said a trip to Makkah would normally cost around 10,000 New Zealand dollars ($6,769), but King Salman’s offer would cover pilgrims “from the time they leave their house and come back.”
When asked what the offer would mean for Canterbury’s Muslim community, Khan said it is part of the solidarity and support that has been shown to them since the Christchurch terror attacks, which claimed the lives of 51 people.
“Four months on … people still feel supported and they feel they’re still being remembered,” he added.
Sheikh Mohammed Amir, who is working closely with the local community, Saudi Arabia’s Embassy and its Ministry of Islamic Affairs to implement King Salman’s offer, said it will be available for those who had lost family members or been injured in the mosque attacks.
Canterbury’s Muslims are “very appreciative” of the offer, added Amir, who is chairman of the Islamic Scholars Board of New Zealand.
“I’ll say with full confidence that this will be a big relief for the deceased’s families, for the victims, for all those who’ve been injured and affected,” he said.
When asked how the organization of the pilgrimage is going, Amir said “so far, so good,” but added that it has been challenging without official records to track everyone down.
He said it is an honor and a responsibility to help organize the pilgrimage, which he has been helping to plan since the end of Ramadan. “People are very excited about it,” he added.
He said he believed that the king’s offer had been made to help people’s rehabilitation after the terror attacks.
“The community believes he’s going to contribute in building Christchurch and bringing people to a normal life,” Amir added.