Dubai ride hailing app says minimum fare for new affordable service in UAE capital will be AED19
Ride-hailing app Careem said on Tuesday that it is introducing a new economy car type with a minimum fare of AED19 on its most affordable service.
The new service offers a 50 percent fare reduction and comes on the same day that rival Uber was reportedly in talks to resume its operations in Abu Dhabi. Uber suspended its services in Abu Dhabi in 2016.
In addition, Careem said it has reduced its rates by more than 30 percent across all its other car types in Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi will see the introduction of the economy service to join the existing car types - Limo (premium vehicles with high rated captains), Careem Kids (fitted with one child seat), Max (six-seater minivans), and Careem Assist (wheelchair-friendly vehicle, also fitted with a wheelchair for customers in need).
Clemence Dutertre, general manager of Careem UAE, said: “Our mission has always been to simplify the lives of people and these new fares open up the Careem service to more passengers enabling a wider range of customers to ride with us.
“With this new regulatory agreement, we can now charge more affordable and dynamic rates across the different car types, including launching a very affordable service, Economy."
Under the agreement with the Department of Transport, Careem will transport passengers within or outside the emirate using licensed private or public hire cars.
Careem said in Abu Dhabi will also be welcoming the first Emirati captains and captainahs in the very near future, meaning more jobs for UAE nationals.
“Abu Dhabi will be the first city to provide licenses for locals to use their own vehicles and drive with Careem which is a very exciting opportunity for us,” said Dutertre.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.