Careem plans to create jobs for Saudi women

Ride hailing app says eager to recruit women following Saudi driving decree
Careem plans to create jobs for Saudi women
Saudi women wait for their drivers at a hotel in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
By Sarah Townsend
Sun 01 Oct 2017 10:47 AM

Ride hailing app Careem has said it would look to hire women drivers in Saudi Arabia when the ban on female drivers is lifted next year.

The kingdom issued a decree last week to permit women to drive from next June. The decision was a groundbreaking one – granting women more civil liberties and paving the way for more women to participate in the national workforce.

Dubai-based Careem, which already operates in Saudi Arabia as a way of improving transport options for women, said it would look to recruit female Saudi drivers to its app-based platform.

It said it had already established a female-only call centre to create new jobs for Saudi women.

Abdullah Elyas, chief people officer and co-founder of Careem, told Arabian Business: “Careem welcomes the decree by Saudi Arabia that will enable women to attain driving licences.

“Careem’s mission to improve lives and create jobs is fully aligned with this announcement. In Saudi Arabia, we have had the privilege to enable employment for thousands of women by providing them a reliable means to get to work.

“We have also established a female-only call centre that has created hundreds of opportunities for women.

“We believe the decree will facilitate further job creation and economic opportunities for the country, and look forward to working closely with the authorities and the broader Saudi society to support the planning and implementation of the decree.”

Meanwhile, the kingdom’s Princess Nourah bint Andulrahman University tweeted that it was planning to open an all-female driving training school in partnership with relevant authorities.

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