Taxi in Doha=Karwa. That’s the brand name of public transport in the city.
You are the luckiest person in the world if you can find a Karwa in Doha. My colleague and I, currently on business in the city, got grilled in the sun several times over the past 48 hours waiting for and even chasing after Karwa taxis.
We tried to get a taxi from the front of the Qatar National Museum today. No way.. We walked and walked until we reached Souq Waqif (which is an amazing place, by the way) to get a ride (and we only got it after literally chasing after it).
By now, me and my Nokia N95 GPS know the city better than the Karwa taxi drivers. The majority of them are amazingly clueless about addresses!
And we had another taxi saga yesterday. I called for a taxi from my Jordanian mobile only to be told by the Karwa call center that they can only dispatch taxis to callers from Qatari telephones. Come on! Would I place an international call as a prank??
We dragged ourselves back to the office and called from a landline, just to be told that the earliest time we could get a taxi was after 90 MINUTES..