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The flag-down or flagfall rate (the initial charge incurred at the start of a taxi journey), has gone up from Dh12 to Dh20 in some pick-up areas at certain times during major events. The taxi fare hike is not city-wide. According to RTA, the introduction of new flag down rates for both regular-metered taxis and Hala Taxi service will be applicable only during major event days, exhibitions and international conventions at locations including World Trade Centre, Expo City, and Global Village.