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Uber, Careem, launches driving training session for Saudi women

By Balogun Alabi with News agency report,

Uber and Careem, a Dubai-based ride-hailing app, said that it has launched training sessions targeting Saudi women who have already obtained driver’s licenses from abroad.

As learnt, female customers were currently majority of Uber’s rider base and its local counterpart, but it may change, as Saudi has implemented law to allow women drive.

It would be recalled that in September 2017, Saudi Arabia announced in a royal decree that it would permit women to drive, which ended a long-time policy in the Middle Eastern country.

According to media reports on Friday, Uber and Careem were planning to recruit no fewer than 10, 000 female drivers in Saudi Arabia by June 2018.

The reason for the action was said to come as a result of all drivers employed by the two ride-hailing firms were male, and many working Saudi women spend much of their salaries on drivers or must be driven to work by their male relatives.

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