Careem, MENA's leading car booking service, adds public taxis to its Saudi Arabian offering
June 14, 2016

Careem is the first company to get the Saudi Ministry of Transport license

Al Riyadh, June 14, 2016: Careem, the largest vehicle redirecting service provider via smart applications in the MENA region, received the license to redirect vehicles from the Ministry of Transport in Saudi Arabia after fulfilling all of the Ministry's requirements. The Ministry had started recently a process aimed at regulating this sector and put in place the necessary terms and conditions required to obtain an official license to operate within the Kingdom. Accordingly, technology companies must pass numerous requirements to obtain the needed official documentation or otherwise be denied from operating in the event of failure to fulfil these terms and conditions. Careem is one of the first technology companies to get this license.

Dr. Abdullah Elyas, co-founder and CEO of “Careem” Saudi Arabia pointed out that Careem team stays committed to work in compliance with all applied regulations and laws in the Kingdom and all other cities covered by Careem’s services. “We were keen to work closely with the Ministry’s team to understand license’s requirements and ensure that our operations meet them in order to provide a safe and comfortable service for the passengers with a high level of reliability. We place security and safety of all our passengers at the forefront of our priorities”, he said.

Careem operates in 10 cities within Saudi Arabia, including Riyadh, Jeddah, Mecca, AlMadinah AlMonawara, Dammam, AlKhobar, Jubail, Dhahran, AlQasseem and AlAhsa. Careem’s service allows users to order vehicles through smart applications by booking the vehicle for a specific time and date (LATER) or order them immediately to the location of the user. This service offers a convenient way for a large segment of working women and female university students who choose Careem services due to the convenience we offer and its reliability and safety. The company, supported by Venture Capital Fund Venture, a subsidiary of Saudi Telecom and AlTayyar Travel Group Holdings with a fastest-growing technology company award, still achieves monthly growth rates of 30% on average in the Middle East.

About Careem

Careem is an app-based vehicle redirecting 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, Mecca AlMukarramah, AlMadinah AlMonawara, Dammam, AlKhobar, Jubail, Dhahran, AlQasseem, AlAhsa, Abu Dhabi, Alexandria, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca,  Doha, Dubai, Karachi, Kuwait, Lahore, Manama, Rabat, Sahel and Sharjah.