Uber has announced that it is resuming its services in UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi, after being absent from the city for over two years. The company is returning to the city after signing a deal with Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport, that will now allow Emiratis to driver Uber using their private vehicles. Both Uber and Careem have similar agreements with the government in Saudi that allow the nationals to drive Uber or Careem using their private vehciles.
Mohammed Darwish Al Qamzi, General Manager of Abu Dhabi Integrated Transport Centre (ITC), commenting on the ocassion, said, “This agreement underlines our commitment to achieving the forward-looking vision and aspirations of our wise leadership in transforming Abu Dhabi into a global leader in smart transportation. With Uber, we are delighted to be able to provide reliable and convenient transportation solutions to residents and visitors in Abu Dhabi. All private/public vehicles and driver partners are supervised under ITC’s regulations and meet the required standards and licensing requirements.”
Anthony Khoury, General Manager for Uber Middle East & North Africa, said: “We’re proud to announce the relaunch of Uber and bring our technology to all residents and visitors in the emirate. Our collaboration with ITC is a positive result of our continuous work with the Abu Dhabi Government to provide innovative transportation solutions across the emirate.”
“Abu Dhabi is a significant market for Uber and we’re delighted to serve as catalysts for economic growth, and for Emiratis to be able to drive on the Uber app using their private vehicles. With the re-launch of our services in the Emirate, and the launch of Uber Eats there earlier this year, we can cater to local demand and remain committed to our goal of providing efficient and innovative solution to the communities we operate in,” he added.