To be or not to be? Egypt bans Uber

The ride-sharing companies as well as the government have the right to challenge today's court ruling, which would ban the operation of Uber and Careem in Egypt.

Earlier, an Egyptian court ordered the suspension of licences for ride-hailing companies Uber and Careem, Reuters reported, citing judicial sources.

The case against the two companies was filed in February 2017 by a group of traditional taxi drivers, who accused the services of violating the traffic law by using privately-owned vehicles for commercial purposes.

The decision can still be appealed Egypt's High Administrative Court. "We will appeal this decision, and continue to be available in Egypt in the meantime".

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Careem "affirms the continuation of operations normally and it (Careem) has not been officially notified of ceasing its operations", it said on Twitter. The taxi drivers have repeatedly complained that they are forced to shoulder licensing costs not borne by Uber and Careem.

Both services have become very popular in Egypt where many users complain about the quality of service offered by taxis, which sometimes refuse to turn on their meters.

The service is now operating in more than 80 countries. Careem was founded in 2012 in Dubai and operates in 90 cities in the Middle East and North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan. It also launched in Egypt in 2014.

Uber Egypt's general manager Abdellatif Waked said: "We respect the rulings of the Egyptian judiciary". In October Uber announced a $20 million investment in its new support centre in Cairo.

  • Adam Floyd