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Dubai's Careem expands Iraq operations with Basra launch

Basra is the third Iraqi city in which Careem operates, following its entry into Baghdad and Najaf

Dubai's Careem expands Iraq operations with Basra launch

Dubai-based ride hailing app Careem has launched operations in Basra, Iraq.

Basra is the third Iraqi city in which Careem operates, following its entry into the country last year in Baghdad, and then later expanding into Najaf.

The launch in Basra, Iraq’s second-largest city by population, brings ride-hailing to a further 2.5 million people in the country and will operate via existing taxis throughout the city, Careem said in a statement.

Mohamed Al-Hakim, the general manager of Careem Iraq said: “We are proud to launch our services in Basra today, an important strategic location for us and look forward to serving the people and create job opportunities for the youth of this great city. Within the next five years, our vision is serve hundreds of thousands of customers and create more than ten thousand job opportunities in Basra.”

Taxi prices are currently unmetered, so Careem said its app will bring a more reliable and consistent approach for customers, with prices that will be at the same level as normal taxis.

Basra is Iraq’s economic heart, where the majority of the country’s oil production takes place and the home of Iraq’s only deep-water port.

Careem said there is no public transportation in Basra, other than small, privately-operated minibuses that serve dedicated routes but without a specific timetable or scheduled stops.

Mudassir Sheikha, the CEO and co-founder of Careem added: “Our technology is helping create employment opportunities and providing essential mobility for millions of people in Iraq. I hope our presence here will encourage other companies to set up business in Iraq and join us in helping to rebuild and improve the infrastructure of the nation.”

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