By Sam Bridge
Middle East's first regulator-approved e-scooter operator, Circ, has announced its expansion to Saudi Arabia
The Middle East’s first regulator-approved e-scooter operator, Circ, has announced its expansion to Saudi Arabia, with further plans to drive the micro-mobility revolution across the GCC in the coming months.
Circ’s entry to the kingdom will be via the provision of its purpose-built, fully electric scooters across the Digital City in Riyadh, through a partnership with Raza, the real estate management arm of the Saudi Public Pension Agency (PPA) and a subsidiary of Al Ra’idah Investment Company (RIC).
Circ will also implement the e-scooter programme within other Raza managed communities, such as the Diplomatic Quarter, Jeddah Obhur Project and residential compounds.
Circ debuted in the Middle East with the launch of its e-scooters in Abu Dhabi. In its first four months of UAE operations, Circ has entered partnerships with three Abu Dhabi community and real estate management companies, and is currently available in 12 locations across the capital city.
Jaideep Dhanoa, co-founder and CEO of Circ MENA said: “We are in the midst of a very exciting period of growth in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which has made tremendous strides over the past few years to become a dynamic and thriving country.
The kingdom has the largest population in the GCC, with a high percentage made up of youth who continue to adopt new innovative consumer trends. We anticipate great demand for Circ’s e-scooters, which can meet their daily needs as well as positively impact the environment and economy.”
Waleed Alesia, CEO of Raza, added: “We are delighted to be partnering with Circ to bring e-scooters to our properties and communities in Saudi Arabia. This collaboration exemplifies our pledge to sustainability and mobility, as well as our commitment to being early adopters of technology.”
The first district in the rollout with Raza is Digital City which is home to information technology companies around the world.
A Circ app includes safety instructions, navigational tips, guidelines, online and safe payment options and tutorials. All Circ rides include comprehensive insurance for personal accident, third-party liability and product liability coverage.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.