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Uber and Careem suspended in Abu Dhabi

‘Unforeseen circumstances’ interrupt UAE’s two private car hire services in the capital

Uber and Careem suspended in Abu Dhabi
The Uber home page is displayed on an iPhone next to the company logo on a computer screen on August 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Uber and Careem, the UAE’s two private car hire services, have reportedly been suspended in Abu Dhabi.

Both Dubai-based Careem and its global counterpart Uber attributed the interruption to “unforeseen circumstances”.

"Due to some unforeseen circumstances, we expect potential service interruptions in Abu Dhabi over the next few days,” said Careem, reported The National.

"We work with licensed vehicles in Abu Dhabi and we are working closely with TransAD to ensure both a reliable service and adherence to fleet requirements. "We will make sure the disruption is minimal to our customers and thank them for their understanding during this time.

Uber told its app-users in Abu Dhabi: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will suspend operations in Abu Dhabi effective immediately till further notice. In the meantime, we will keep you informed when operations resume. Thanks for your understanding and apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused."

Later the company said: "This is a temporary suspension and we will let you know of any further updates. Our goal is to resume operations as soon as possible."

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