Over the last few decades, there have been many initiatives by governments in the Middle East. As part of their Visions, they try out new innovations and enter previously unchartered territory; from a Ministry of Artificial Intelligence to sky-high skyscrapers, there is a lot to talk about. However, there have not been many instances of the government cooperating with private entities, especially not in the ride-hailing space. Infact, several entities, notoriously Uber, have had issues with governments and regulations.
Careem, however, the UAE-based ride-hailing app, recently announced that it is going to launch a joint venture with the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai. Through this new venture, people are able to order a taxi through the app, very much like you would order a Careem ride. RTA said it picked Careem out of five possible contenders for the joint venture.
Learn more about the collaboration and how it could change the taxi industry here.