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Uber launches cheaper taxi service in Qatar

Qatar is first country in region to have UberGo, which is available in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Uber launches cheaper taxi service in Qatar
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Ride-hailing app Uber has launched a new service in Qatar that uses older, smaller cars and cuts current Uber prices in the country by up to 25 percent, the company has announced.

The UberGo option came into force last week and is in addition to the existing UberX service.

It aims to cater to passengers who do not have a car but need to make short journeys around cities, such as a trip to the supermarket or bank. Payment can be made in cash, or by credit card.

In a statement on its website, Uber said a five-to-10-minute UberGo ride in Doha was “cheaper than a cup of coffee”.

UberGo uses smaller hatchback vehicles, such as the Nissan Sentra, Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla, and has a minimum fare of QR10 ($2.70).

Uber said: “There’s no doubt that Uber is a smart way to get around cities. Some occasionally rely on Uber to run errands, while for others Uber plays a major role in their daily commute — and that’s because they know they can count on Uber whenever, wherever.

“Today, we take another step towards making the reliable Uber you’ve been used to even more affordable as we introduce UberGO in Doha…the same Uber experience for 25 percent less than UberX.

“It’s a range of low cost small vehicles like Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra—and it’s certainly just about the ride you need for a quick stop at the bank, or supermarket after a long day at work.”

Previously, Qatar was the only country in which Uber offered just one type of service, the UberX. Now, it is the first country in the region to have UberGo, which is already available in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

However, Doha News reported that drivers working under UberGo would need to make more journeys to earn the same money they were making before, potentially discouraging drivers from signing up.

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