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Despite “Licensing,” Ride-Hailing Conundrum Continues

The government last month issued temporary approvals for the licensing of ride-hailing apps in Jordan. This is an important step forward, but much remains to be done before these services can operate legally in the Kingdom. Many have lauded the…

The Age of Anarchy

Crypto-anarchists are ahead of the curve when it comes to understanding how to navigate our seemingly chaotic digital existence. Crypto-anarchists use cryptographic software to conceal the sending and receiving information over networks, to protect their privacy and political freedom while…

Snapchat's Founder Evan Speigel

Venture Explains: Snap’s Mega IPO

What is it? Snap, the owner of Snapchat, the hugely popular vanishing messaging app, is expected to go public this month at a vertiginous valuation of around $25 billion, the biggest IPO for a US tech company since Facebook’s historic…

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Careem adds Mumayaz to its Fleet

In a sign that ride-haling apps might soon be officially licensed, Careem announced last month that its users will now be able to book cars belonging to Al Mumayaz taxis. “Careem is a technology platform that is available for everyone…

Anthony El-Khoury, Uber’s Middle East manager

Uber: Legal at Last?

Uber says new legislation could be imminent to finally regulate Jordan’s fast growing ride-hailing sector. By Dina al Wakeel Ride-hailing services have had anything but an easy ride since they first began shaking up Jordan’s creaky transport sector around two…

Mudassir Sheikha, the Cofounder of Careem

Careem and the Irresistible Rise of Ride-Hailing

Despite coming up against regulatory hurdles and protests from taxi drivers, the cofounder of Careem says his ride-hailing platform is in Jordan to stay. By Laith Abou-Ragheb Mudassir Sheikha, the cofounder of Careem, the Dubai-based ride-hailing platform, made a flying…

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Careem Aims to Recruit 10,000 Drivers by 2018

Fast-growing ride-hailing service Careem said it’s aiming to hire 10,000 drivers in Jordan by 2018, despite encountering regulatory problems in the Kingdom. The Dubai-based startup said it also planned to hire a further 2,000 employees to operate a new regional…

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Regulating Ride-Hailing

The government’s recent crackdown on ride-hailing apps like Uber and Careem is short-sighted and represents a losing battle. A process of planned integration should be developed, in which new services are legalized, existing operators are protected, and the sector’s competitiveness is…

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Uber Trials Cash Payments in Amman

Uber said it recently began trialing cash payments for rides in Amman in an effort to expand in a market where credit card usage still stands at mere 1.5 percent. “Given the credit card penetration in Amman, launching cash really…

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Coding for Kids

The ability to read and write computer code from a young age is becoming increasingly important in our technology-driven age. In an effort to address the need for greater ICT skills in the Middle East, a group of Harvard and…