Uber, Careem to appeal Egypt court's banning order

  • Uber, Careem to appeal Egypt court's banning order

Uber, Careem to appeal Egypt court's banning order

An Egyptian court on Tuesday ordered authorities to revoke the operating licenses of the Uber and Careem ride-hailing services and block their mobile apps and software.

The two online-based taxi service companies have been providing services in Egypt for a few years during which traditional taxi drivers have repeatedly protested the negative impact of the two companies on their work.

Uber intends to appeal any court decision to suspend ridesharing licences in Egypt, an Uber spokesperson said.

"We respect the rulings of the Egyptian judiciary, and can not comment in detail on ongoing legal proceedings".

In a brief statement posted on its Facebook account, Careem said it "hasn't been notified officially to stop its operations" and was operating normally.

Already, Egypt has banned the services of Uber and similar companies. "However, we will appeal this decision, and continue to be available in Egypt", he said. They complained that the drivers did not need to pay hefty fees to operate transportation vehicles.

Many Egyptians who complain about taxi services, including drivers who refuse to turn on their meters or their air conditioning during the hot summer, had switched to the ride-sharing apps.

Uber Egypt's General Manager Waked said on Tuesday that his company has provided "more than 150,000 economic opportunities in Egypt in 2017 alone", and has over the past two years been working with the Egyptian government to set up a "ridesharing framework". Careem was founded in 2012 in Dubai and operates in 90 cities in the Middle East and North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan. In October Uber announced a $20 million investment in its new support centre in Cairo.