Uber is looking to resume its ride-hailing business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after stopping their services back in 2016. The tech giant ran their services from 2013 to 2016 until 50 drivers got arrested.
Talks with transports officials in Abu Dhabi are underway and it does seem positive so far. Mohamed Darwish Al Qamzi, General Manager of The Center for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars (Transad), told reporters he was confident Uber would resume services in a report by Reuters.
CNet managed to get a statement from Uber who says that the talks are positive but the firm has yet to decide if they want to continue operations there. Uber isn’t the only operator in the Middle East, local startup Careem has been raising funds and was once valued at $1 billion in 2016.
Unlike China, Russia, and South East Asia, Uber is focusing on new markets such as the Middle East, North Africa and India. Thanks to fresh funds and less operational headaches, the team at Uber will be aggressive with rumours that Uber might acquire local competition to stay relevant and ahead of the game.