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27 March 2019

Uber to buy Dubai rival Careem for $3.1 billion

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com

Uber is to acquire Dubai-based rival Careem for $3.1 billion in a move that will expand its presence in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

The deal would allow Uber to acquire Careem’s mobility, delivery and payments in countries from Morocco to Pakistan.

Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber CEO, says: “This is an important moment for Uber as we continue to expand the strength of our platform around the world.”

Uber says the transaction will speed up the delivery of digital services to people in the region through the development of an app that offers services such as Careem Pay, a digital payment platform, and a last-mile delivery service called Careem Now.

Once the transaction is closed, Careem will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Uber but will maintain its own brand and be led by its co-founder and CEO Mudassir Sheikha.

The deal, subject to the usual regulatory approvals, is expected to close during the first quarter of 2020.

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