Saudi women get sharing wheels
The Middle East’s answer to Uber, Careem, has received over 2,000 applications from women looking to work has drivers since Saudi Arabia dropped its ban on allowing females behind the wheel.
Careem already has a female-only call centre up and running in Jeddah and plans to roll out a female-only training hub later this year.
“Around 70% of Careem’s passengers in the Kingdom are female, and Careem has been particularly beneficial for women who did not have safe and reliable transport before the introduction of the service in Saudi Arabia,” the company says.
Careem has also established a Women’s Female Captain Committee to better understand the barriers facing women wanting to work for the company.
A number of women drivers – known as captainahs at Careem – are already working across the region for the firm, which says it is looking to hire 20,000 women throughout the Middle East over the next two years.