Uber, the smartphone technology company, announced today that it is launching its services in Amman. The launch is a testament to the smartphone app’s popularity across the world and the Middle East, as the becomes its 300th city globally – five years after it began operations in San Francisco in 2010.
Commenting on its latest expansion, Sebastien Wakim, General Manager for Uber Amman, said: “We’re growing incredibly fast, and that’s really fueled by the fact that we provide a service that is safe as it is reliable. Amman was an ideal market for us in our Middle East expansion due to its young population and fast-growing tech community, making it an exciting and vibrant city for our operations.”
The Uber technology connects riders with licensed drivers by partnering with the existing supply of transportation providers in Amman. Any person who needs a ride should simply download the free Uber app onto their smartphone (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry).
The process is very simple and is completed in a matter of minutes. When a passenger requests a car, the driver name and license plate number shows up on the screen as well the driver’s location on the app map. Riders can share their estimated time of arrival and route with family as well, all through the technology built into the app. All payments are done via the riders’ credit cards – there’s even an option to split the bill between multiple Uber riders – making the experience even more seamless.
In addition to providing more choice for consumers, Uber also aims to help transportation providers grow their business by making drivers’ time more efficient.
Uber users in Amman can enter the promo code “UberLovesAmman” for a free ride of up to JD15 until May 2nd. However supply will be initially limited during this testing period.