Many cities are subscribing to ride sharing to ease traffic congestion and air pollution. Ride share and car pooling are geared towards reducing the carbon footprint in our environment. Also, providing affordable transportation plays an important role in the spurt of rideshare companies globally. This has seen the emergence of a plethora of rideshare startups striving to compete in the industry. By reducing the number of cars on the road and providing affordable transport services, rideshare companies are fast becoming the preferred mode of commute. Uber, a pioneer in ride share is facing competition in various cities.
Careem, a transport company based in Dubai is giving Uber a run for its money in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. With presence in 13 countries and over 90 cities, Careem is offering a service that seems to be driver-focused. While also offering impressive services to riders, Careem drivers who are labeled as “Captains” are made to feel that they matter in the scheme of things.
More About Careem
The company which started as a web-based car booking service was founded in 2012 by Mudassir Sheikha and Magnus Olsson. Careem is currently valued at $1 billion after a series of funding. In 2017, the company announced that it will be extending maternity leave for women and hopes to have a female workforce of 20,000 by the year 2020.
Become a Careem driver
To drive for Careem, all drivers must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Have a smart phone
- Have a car that meets your city requirements
- Undergo screening tests including drug tests, criminal background checks, credit checks and even driving tests.
Once you have passed required checks, you now have the opportunity to earn money on your own schedule as a captain.
Ride With Careem
How does it work?
- Download the Careem app
- Register to drive
- Select your preferred car and book now and schedule for later
- Receive your captain’s details
- Track your captain’s ETA
In Egypt, Uber and Careem have faced stiff protests from local taxi drivers who feel that TNCs enjoy unmerited favor from the government. About 40 Local taxi drivers filed a suit for the government to suspend Uber and Careem’s operating licenses, citing that these TNCs violated Egyptian traffic laws. The ban was suspended by Egypt’s Judiciary court and both companies are operating with no hassles currently.
Careem is expanding and has even introduced a scooter service in Egypt. Uber and Careem seem to be competing fairly for now and both are enjoying tremendous success in the region.
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