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Ride-sharing app forced off road in West Bank

Only five months after the launch of the Dubai-based ride-sharing app Careem in the West Bank, the company announced that the Palestinian Authority had halted its services.
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The company behind the ride-sharing app Careem announced in a brief statement on Facebook on Nov. 5 that it had halted services in Ramallah. The company, which began operations in the West Bank on June 13, said that this is the first time that it appears it will have to permanently cease activities in the Arab world.

“We launched our services based on our belief in Palestine — a country that calls for investment and development — and we hope that the authorities will feel how the sudden halt in our services affects citizens, workers and the promotion of Palestine as a beacon for foreign investments,” the company said in its statement. “We want to work hand in hand with all the competent authorities in order to revive the two transport and IT sectors and create more job opportunities.”

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