Dubai, UAE – Careem, the leading ride-hailing service in the Middle East and North Africa, today announced the launch of a new market, Palestine, as part of its broader commitment to better the region. The launch also highlights the opportunity the Palestinian tech ecosystem provides to local businesses.
Careem’s investment in Palestine falls in line with the company’s commitment to create one million jobs in the Middle East and North Africa region by 2018. At the same time, launching the app in Palestine is set to empower the local population through the transfer of knowledge and skills, with the possibility of stimulating advances in technology and other sectors from communications to logistics.
Mobility is one of the most important and vital aids to economic growth, and Palestine’s local transportation issues have long been a key inhibitor. Careem’s introduction to the market will improve the quality of life for its people by increasing access to safe, reliable and affordable transportation.
Careem will begin operations in Ramallah this month on 15 June 2017 with plans to extend into more cities in the near future. On this date, residents will be able to request a car type via the Careem app. A local company established in 2012, Careem now operates in more than 50 cities across 13 countries and hosts over 10 million users and 250,000 Captains (drivers) in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region.
Careem is the region’s leading ride-hailing service that provides reliable, safe and affordable transportation choices via a mobile app, on the web and through a call center. Careem is a pioneer in the region’s ‘sharing economy’ – its mission is to make people’s lives simpler, create millions of jobs, and to BeCareem – to be kind, generous, and inspiring as we move the region towards better living. Established in July 2012, Careem operates in more than 50 cities across 13 countries in the broader Middle East, including North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan.
For more information, visit www.careem.com
 Palestinian Economic Policy Research Institute report for the Palestinian Ministry of Transport and Communication, 2010
 Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, 2016
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