The announcement got here within the type of an electronic mail despatched to clients in Qatar on Monday.
Trip-hailing service utility Careem has ceased operations in Qatar simply two months after the FIFA World Cup within the nation whereby its branded autos have been a part of the soccer event’s official plans to move visiting followers alongside Uber and native taxi and bus service supplier Karwa.
The announcement got here within the type of an electronic mail despatched to clients in Qatar on Monday. The e-mail didn’t state the explanations behind its closure.
“It’s been a pleasure to assist simplify your day. Sadly, Careem’s ride-hailing operations will now not function in Qatar as of February 28, 2023,” learn the e-mail despatched out by the corporate.
Al Jazeera has reached out to Careem officers for a remark.
Along with ride-hailing providers in Qatar, Careem additionally provided grocery and meals supply providers. It additionally ran a variety of providers on its utility, together with digital funds and courier providers throughout different areas it served.
The Dubai-based firm was launched within the area in 2012, three years earlier than Uber.
In 2019, Uber introduced it was taking on Careem for $3.1bn, giving the US agency market dominance throughout the Center East and Pakistan.
Nonetheless, an Uber official advised Al Jazeera that regulatory approvals for the acquisition weren’t granted in Qatar, and so the sale of Careem’s Qatari enterprise had not closed.
“Uber operations proceed enterprise as ordinary [in Qatar after Careem’s announcement’,” Uber’s MENA Communications Manager Norhen Ali told Al Jazeera.
“Uber sought regulatory clearance from certain local competition authorities, including in Qatar, to acquire Careem in 2019. While regulatory approvals in other countries were obtained, unfortunately, this did not happen in Qatar.”