A photo illustration shows the Uber app on a mobile telephone, as it is held up for a posed photograph, in London, Britain November 10, 2017 - REUTERS/Simon Dawson
CAIRO –20 March 2018: The Cairo Administrative Court has accepted lawsuits demanding the full suspension of activities for the two popular ride-hailing companies, Uber and Careem in Egypt.
According to lawsuits filed previously by taxi drivers, the GPS-based applications, Uber and Careem use unlicensed private cars as taxicabs, and thus profit from an “illegal” activity.
It also mentioned that the two services are not legally regulated and affected the livelihood of the taxi drivers.
The ride-sharing companies as well as the government have the right to challenge today's court ruling, which would ban the operation of Uber and Careem in Egypt.
In 2016, Uber said that 30,000 drivers are using the service in Cairo as a source of income; the number of drivers who have joined the service has grown 73 times in one year, making Cairo the fastest-growing market for the company in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Uber arrived in Cairo and Giza in November 2014, and began operations in Alexandria a year later.