Egypt's court bars Uber, Careem from operating in country

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21 March, 2018

A source familiar with the matter said Uber had not been officially informed of the court ruling, but that the company would appeal any suspension to ensure its business runs as usual.

It also mentioned that the two services are not legally regulated and affected the livelihood of the taxi drivers.

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.

Careem said it had not yet received any official request to stop operations in Egypt and continued to operate as normal. But the company would appeal "and continue to be available in Egypt".

"It is important to clarify that today's verdict does not mean suspending the operations of Uber in Egypt", Waked added.

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The ride-hailing smartphone applications had sparked several protests from cab drivers in the capital Cairo over their use of private vehicles to transport commuters, which they say violates traffic regulations.

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

The service is now operating in more than 80 countries.

Careem, a start-up headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, operates in the Middle East and Asia.

Uber said it would appeal and it was not immediately clear when a final ruling would be issued. In October Uber announced a $20 million investment in its new support centre in Cairo.


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