By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Uber services have been paused in cities and governorates of the kingdom where authorities have imposed a 24-hour curfew
Ride-hailing app Uber has temporarily stopped services in parts of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday as a result of 24-hour curfews that have been launched to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
According to an e-mail company sent to customers, it will “pause” services in Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Al-Hofuf, as well the governorates of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar.
The kingdom’s Ministry of the Interior has announced a 24-hour curfew in those areas.
Uber had previously suspended the option to use the platform to book taxis in Saudi Arabia.
At the time, a statement from Uber said that “as part the measures announced by the Ministry of Interior, we are suspending Uber Taxi in the kingdom until further notice.”
However, the previous announcement did not include private cars on the ride-sharing app or other options, including UberX, UberComfort and UberEats.
As of the morning of April 8, there have been 2,795 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the kingdom, including 41 deaths and 615 recoveries.