Careem Signs up Nearly 1,000 Saudi Women Drivers

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Published February 12th, 2018 - 11:40 GMT
Careem plans to sign up around 1,000 Saudi women drivers for its expansion plan in Saudi Arabia. (AFP)
Careem plans to sign up around 1,000 Saudi women drivers for its expansion plan in Saudi Arabia. (AFP)

Careem, a ride hailing application, is set to sign up around 1,000 Saudi women drivers for its expansion plan in the Kingdom, according to its co-founder, Thomson Reuters’ Zawya website reported.

“We foresee very strong growth in Saudi Arabia, both in the cities where we already have presence today and in the new cities we plan to expand to as well,” Magnus Olsson, co-founder of Careem, told Zawya in an interview.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman lifted the de-facto ban on women driving in the Kingdom in September last year, with the decree set to be implemented on June 24, 2018.

“We are very excited about this June, it is a big milestone for the country. We have already started training female captains and we hope to get up to 100,000 female captains on board within a year from June,” Olsson said.

Olsson also said that nearly 1,000 Saudi women have already signed up and are currently in training.

The push also aids Saudi women’s struggles in the job market, with 80 percent of unemployed citizens comprised of women, according to the most recent official figures.

Source: Arab News

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CAREEM

CAREEM is the region’s leading app-based car service that makes ordering chauffeur-driven cars reliable, safe, convenient, and affordable. Its customers can book a car on the CAREEM apps and website, or by calling a call center.  CAREEM is a pioneering company in the region’s nascent ‘sharing economy’ – its mission is to make people’s lives simpler by revolutionizing the transportation and logistics industry in the region.

Established in July 2012, CAREEM operates across 27 cities in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region: Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah Al Mukarramah, Al Madinah Al Monawara, Dammam, Al Khobar, Jubail, Dhahran, Al Qasseem, Al Ahsa, Abu Dhabi, Alexandria, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca, Doha, Dubai, Karachi, Kuwait, Lahore, Manama, Rabat, Sahel and Sharjah.

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