Dubai's Careem ties up with Google Maps for UAE car search

Ride-hailing service announces move to allow UAE passengers to search for nearest Careem car

Careem, the Dubai-based ride-hailing service, has announced that it is now integrated into Google Maps for its operations across the UAE.

The company said in a statement that the move is aimed at further strengthening its commitment to user experience and convenience.

The service is currently available on Android and iOS to users in the UAE and will be rolled out across the other markets in the region in the coming weeks, Careem said. 

It added that the integration of Careem’s services with Google Maps means a faster ride-hailing experience for users of both the apps.

For users searching for directions in Google Maps, a tap on the ride-hailing icon on the far right will reveal the closest available Careem cars, along with the expected pick-up time and fare estimate for a ride to their selected destination.

At this point, users will have the option to open the Careem app and confirm their booking, with their pick-up and drop-off details transferring to the Careem app automatically. 

Wael Nafee, VP of product at Careem, said: “As the go-to app for directions and navigation, Google Maps is an extremely popular service and integrating Careem within the app means users can now take advantage of the benefits of both the apps simultaneously.

"This translates into a seamless and uninterrupted ride-hailing experience for our customers that saves their time and effort and maximizes convenience.” 

“We are deeply passionate about simplifying people’s lives by using the power of technology and building creative alliances, and we remain dedicated to this mission by continuously innovating and rolling out leading-edge transportation solutions for our users,” he added.

Careem operates in more than 50 cities in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region including Abu Dhabi, Alexandria and the north coast of Egypt, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait and Riyadh.

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