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Dubai's Careem halts Sudan operations after Uber takeover

Ride-hailing app launched in Sudan in September 2018 but shut down operations on June 30 ahead of its Uber takeover early next year

Dubai's Careem halts Sudan operations after Uber takeover
Careem launched operations in Sudan in September 2018 following the lifting of US economic sanctions on the country in 2017, but it shut down operations on June 30.

Less than a year after it launched in Sudan, Dubai-based ride-hailing firm Careem has ended operations in the country as part of its planned $3.1 billion takeover by US giant Uber in Q1 next year, a spokeswoman said on Monday.

Uber said in an SEC filing that it expects Careem to halt its operations in Sudan before the takeover is completed.

Careem launched operations in Sudan in September 2018 following the lifting of US economic sanctions on the country in 2017, but it shut down operations on June 30.

A spokeswoman for Careem said there are “no plans to close any other markets” in the region, however, and that ceasing Sudan operations “will not have any effect” on its other markets.

Ride-hailing apps which operate in Sudan include local company Tirhal.

The country which remains on the US list of state sponsors of terrorism has faced instability since December when protests broke out against the rule of long-time President Omar al-Bashir, who was ousted by the military in April.

However, protestors have since experienced a series of deadly assaults by the now-ruling military, with Washington considering possible sanctions in the event of more violence.

This week alone saw seven people die and 181 injured in demonstrations against military rule in Sudan.

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