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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 April 2019

Careem CEO's message to customers after Uber agrees to buy the company for $3.1bn

Uber will buy all of Careem’s mobility, delivery, and payments businesses across all of its markets

Mudassir Sheikha, co-founder of Dubai-based ride-hailing app Careem. Alex Atack for The National 
Mudassir Sheikha, co-founder of Dubai-based ride-hailing app Careem. Alex Atack for The National 

Here's the message conveyed by Careem chief executive and cofounder Mudassir Sheikha after the confirmation that Uber has agreed to buy the Dubai ride-hailing technology platform for $3.1 billion:

Today, Careem is starting Chapter 2 of our story, joining forces with Uber so we can better serve you, and all our communities in the region.

In our new partnership we will stay independent so the Careem brand, app and all our services that you love will continue to be there for you just as usual.

We’re really excited about what’s next for Careem – and we think you will be too. We’re just getting started, and that means you’re going to see us roll out even more innovative and helpful services with even better features and experiences.

Careem was founded in 2012, with a really clear purpose: to simplify and improve the lives of people and build an awesome organisation that inspires. Across our fast growing, young and vibrant region, technology is completely changing the way we live, work and play.

Joining forces with Uber means we can do so much more to make life in the region simpler and better – from making much needed improvements to the transportation infrastructure in our region, to providing you with many more delivery and payment options.

We believe this is a big moment – not just for Careem but for our region – this has put our region on the map and has shown it’s a great place to build some of the best technology in the world.

We’ll let you know more over the coming weeks and months as we have more news to share, and please check out our website for more details in the meantime.

Thank you for helping to make today happen, we’re so grateful that you have been part of our journey so far.

#YallaCareem

Mudassir Sheikha

CEO and Cofounder

Careem

Updated: March 27, 2019 10:38 AM

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