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Uber suspends taxi booking option in Saudi Arabia

Ministry of Interior suspended all domestic flights, buses, taxis and train services for 14 days from Saturday

Uber suspends taxi booking option in Saudi Arabia

Uber suspends taxi service in Saudi Arabia.

Uber has suspended regular taxi booking services in Saudi Arabia, in line with the government's decision to curb transport to help stop the spread of coronavirus in the kingdom.

The Ministry of Interior said it was suspending all domestic flights, buses, taxis and train services for 14 days from Saturday, with only a few exceptions.

A statement from Uber said: “As per the measures announced by the Ministry of Interior, we are suspending Uber Taxi in the kingdom until further notice.”

The measures do not include private cars on ride-sharing apps. According to the company, all other options on the Uber app, including UberX, UberComfort and Uber Eats, are still available for “essential travel and delivery”.

There are currently 392 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the kingdom. Sixteen people have recovered from the virus.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia (MISA) has revealed it has issued or renewed 110 business licenses over the past five days.

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