Ride hailing applications in Kingdom are preparing to hire Saudi female drivers

Ride-hailing applications in Saudi Arabia are preparing to hire Saudi female chauffeurs, months ahead of lifting a ban that prevents women from driving or owning driving licenses in the country, a CNN report said.

The ride-hailing applications Uber and Careem recruited their first female drivers in Saudi Arabia after the Kingdom announced plans to lift the ban on women driving by June 2018.

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Female customers currently represent 80 percent of Uber’s Saudi rider base and 70 percent of business for its Dubai-based counterpart Careem, according to statistics shared with CNN by both companies.

The apps are a lifeline to women with no independent way to get around the Kingdom.

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