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Startup Helps Visitors Explore Dubai Baggage-Free

The “Uber for luggage” service starts at Dh99 and offers collection, storage, and delivery.

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Dubai is a premiere location for millions of leisure and business visitors each year. Many travelers land during the early hours of the morning and have plenty of time to kill before they can check into their hotels.

Unfortunately, exploiting a city without accommodation means lugging bags between restaurants, tourist hotspots, and onto public transport. Luckily, Dubai resident Tristan Sommer-Enriquez has developed a solution — an on-demand, AI-powered baggage-hailing platform that is essentially the “Uber for luggage”.

Talking about his startup Baggage Taxi, Sommer-Enriquez explained: “As a business traveler, whenever I was in big metropolitan cities, I was stuck with my luggage everywhere I went. If I had meetings and left the hotel early, while my flight was in the evening, I had to return to the hotel or lug my baggage around. That was my life as a frequent traveler for the last 15-20 years”.

Baggage Taxi is a simple yet clever concept: Imagine a vacationing family plans to visit a mall before heading to the airport for their evening outbound flight. Baggage Taxi will whisk away their luggage from a convenient pickup point — such as their hotel — store and deliver it to the airport ready for check-in.

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Although many tourists use locker services to solve this type of problem, Baggage Taxi is far more convenient, as travelers don’t need to catch a taxi back and forth into the city to collect their bags.

“Our customers typically arrive in the morning and check in at (hotels) at 3pm. So, we pick up their bags at the airport while they head to their meetings. The service is often chosen by departing customers with evening flights and no business meetings, so they don’t want to carry their luggage around while exploring or shopping. We pick up their baggage in the morning and deliver it to any airport or hotel in the UAE,” Sommer-Enriquez said.

Baggage Taxi costs Dh99 for the first piece of luggage and an additional Dh35 for each extra item. The company currently offers its service through its website and will release an app in early December 2023.

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Hamad International Wins 2024 Skytrax World Airport Awards

The Qatar airport also won “World’s Best Airport Shopping” for the 2nd time, and “Best Airport in the Middle East” for the 10th year.

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Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, Qatar, has once again won the “World’s Best Airport” title at the Skytrax World Airport Awards. The award ceremony, held at the Passenger Terminal Expo 2024 in Frankfurt, Germany, also saw Hamad clinch the accolade of “World’s Best Airport Shopping” for the 2nd time in a row and “Best Airport in the Middle East” for an impressive 10th consecutive year.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, who played a key role in the airport’s development over the past decade, said: “This is a remarkable achievement for Hamad International Airport, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary of operational excellence, connecting passengers seamlessly from all around the world. It is a testament to the dedication of our team and partners, who have contributed to providing passengers with the finest travel experience”.

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Al-Meer emphasized the importance of understanding changing travel trends and the needs of modern air passengers: “At the heart of our growth strategy lies the passengers’ journey, their evolving needs, and our commitment to meeting and exceeding their expectations. We have introduced a diverse range of experiences at the airport, including Souq Al Matar, which brings Qatari hospitality and culture closer to travelers, “Orchard”, the ideal place for relaxation and rejuvenation between flights, and an array of high-end lounges”.

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Hamad International Airport saw a massive 31% surge in passenger traffic during 2023, with the transport hub now serving over 45 million passengers annually. The airport is now home to prestigious airlines, including Vistara, Iberia, Xiamen Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, and Japan Airlines, serving 250+ destinations for passenger and cargo flights.

The uptick in traffic is no doubt due to the completion of the first phase of an extensive expansion project. Hamad’s management intends to radically update the airport’s facilities over the coming years in a bid to create the “airport of the future”. The expansion features a unique and calming environment of lush greenery and several contemporary dining and shopping concepts among the already well-equipped leisure facilities.

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