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Uber faces new competition in Egypt

New ride-sharing competitors are challenging Uber’s longtime monopoly.
An Uber driver checks his phone application at the company's heardquarters, Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 17, 2018.

The bustling and vibrant streets of Cairo and other major cities in Egypt are becoming the scene of a subtle but increasingly lively competition that is contributing to a change in the transportation networks along the way: local and foreign ride-hailing platforms vying for a slice of the Arab world’s largest market for providers of mobility as a service.

Since its entry into Egypt in 2014, US-based Uber, which operates in 10 cities across the country in addition to Cairo, has maintained a long-standing market dominance. But the entry of new global ride-hailing companies since 2020 and the emergence of other alternatives have marked a turning point increasing competition and the range of possibilities.

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