Uber in talks to resume Abu Dhabi service

Abu Dhabi official says confident that Uber will return to the UAE capital following 2016 suspension

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Uber in talks to resume Abu Dhabi service Uber said it hopes to return to Abu Dhabi after retreating from a number of cities in other countries.
By  Sam Bridge Published  May 30, 2018

Uber Technologies is reportedly in talks to resume services in Abu Dhabi.

Mohamed Darwish Al Qamzi, general manager of The Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars (Transad), was on Tuesday quoted by Reuters as saying he was confident Uber would resume services.

Uber suspended its services in Abu Dhabi in 2016. It continues to operate in Dubai.

At the time, Uber told its app-users in Abu Dhabi: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will suspend operations in Abu Dhabi effective immediately till further notice. In the meantime, we will keep you informed when operations resume. Thanks for your understanding and apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused."

Later the company said: "This is a temporary suspension and we will let you know of any further updates. Our goal is to resume operations as soon as possible." 

Last month, Uber's chief operating officer Barney Harford said the company will increase its investment in key growth markets like the Middle East, which might include a bid for Dubai-based Careem, its rival in the region.

The US-based ride-hailing firm recently sold its South-East Asia business to Singapore-based rival Grab and now has "resources available that are allowing us to double down in critical competitive markets in particular India and the Middle East North Africa", Harford told CNBC television.

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