His Excellency Dr. Hisham Arafat, Minister of Transportation recently welcomed the senior management team of Careem, the leading ride-hailing service in the Middle East and North Africa, in his office. The meeting was attended by Dr. Amr Shaat, assistant to the Minister and Eng. Sayed Metwally, Head of Transport Regulatory Authority in Greater Cairo, which is responsible for regulating the ride hailing sector as per the proposed draft law.
The meeting came in a series of meetings held by Careem with the concerned authorities to discuss the future of ride hailing sector in the Egyptian market. Careem started the meeting by acclaiming the Minister's efforts in upgrading this vital sector, which benefits more than one hundred thousand drivers and one million riders within the framework of legalized ride hailing services.
Minister of Transportation urged the importance of a comprehensive overview of transportation ecosystem in Egypt including mass transportation means, as well as the importance of the cooperation with companies operating in this sector such as Careem in order to benefit from its vast experience, as it operates in 12 countries including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Pakistan and Egypt giving it the chance to gain a unique regional experience.
Careem strives for expansion in the Egyptian market by introducing its services across the country aiming to provide a safe, affordable, and reliable means of transportation, said Ramy Kato, Head of Careem Egypt Operations & Vice President of Careem Care. Careem aims to create more job opportunities as our network comprises 10 cities in Egypt, including Cairo, Alexandria, Al Mansoura, Tanta, Damanhur, Hurghada, Zagazig, Banha, Al Mahala, and Kafr Al Dawar. We also plan to expand in Damietta, Port Said, Ismailia, Suez, Al Minia, and Assuit by end of 2017. Since September 2016, Careem managed to merge white taxi into the Careem network in Greater Cairo followed by other governorates in order to cover the great demand on transportation services in the Egyptian market.