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Ride-hailing applications to hire Saudi female chauffeurs

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AMMAN, Nov. 15, 2016 (Xinhua) -- A large number of taxi vehicles are seen during a protest by taxi drivers in Tabarbour area, eastern Amman, on Nov. 15, 2016. The taxi drivers protested against the ride sharing service, Uber, which has harmed their daily earnings, and called on the government to meet their demands. The demands include increasing taxi fares, providing taxi drivers with health insurance coverage and registering them as subscribers to the Social Security Corporation (SSC). (Xinhua/Mohammad Abu Ghosh/IANS)

10,000 women to drive Saudi taxis. The ride hailing applications Uber and Careem recruited their first female drivers in Saudi Arabia, after the Kingdom announced plans to lift the ban on women driving by June 2018….reports Asian Lite News

Following the ground-breaking royal decree that announced plans to lift the ban on women driving in September 2017, both Uber and Careem have been preparing to hire their first female drivers.

Ride hailing applications in Saudi Arabia are preparing to hire Saudi female chauffeurs, months ahead of lifting a ban that prevents women from driving or owning driving licenses in the country, a report said.

The ride hailing applications Uber and Careem recruited their first female drivers in Saudi Arabia, after the Kingdom announced plans to lift the ban on women driving by June 2018.

Female customers currently represent 80 per cent of Uber’s Saudi rider base and 70 per cent of business for its Dubai-based counterpart Careem, according to statistics shared with media by both companies.

The apps are a lifeline to women with no independent way to get around the Kingdom.

All drivers employed by the two firms are male — mostly Saudi nationals driving their privately-owned vehicles.

Following the ground-breaking royal decree that announced plans to lift the ban on women driving in September 2017, both companies have been preparing to hire their first female drivers.