Careem Announces First Group of Emirati Captains

Thursday 14 February 2019
Dubai - MENA Herald:

Careem announced today the first group of Emirati Captains who will join the company in the United Arab Emirates. The announcement took place at a press conference held at Le Royal Meridian Abu Dhabi.

Careem, in collaboration with ITC, began an outreach program targeting UAE nationals, and promoted the new initiative encouraging eligible Emirati’s to apply. The new program attracted more than 100 applicants, and Careem has revealed that the first group includes 14 captains, while more than 30 other captains are being prepared to join the fleet in the coming weeks.

This demonstrates the confidence of Emiratis in Careem and their willingness to serve their nation by further enhance the UAE’s positive image and values.

This program highlights Careem’s efforts towards providing job opportunities for Emiratis with a flexible and stable income, while supporting the local economy in the UAE. This is in line with the UAE’s vision and efforts to achieve the economic diversification goals and enhance the integration socially and economically.

Through this program, Careem continues its commitment to the local community and effectively contributing to the economy, by creating job opportunities and leveraging modern technology in day-to-day life.

The new Emirati Captains are the result of the program launched by Careem last November, in collaboration with ITC. The program aims to offer safe and comfortable transport solutions that meet the demands of the customer, while providing Emiratis with an opportunity to showcase their authentic traditions and values of generosity and hospitality to the visitors.

Careem conducts training sessions in Abu Dhabi to upskill Captains on how to use Careem technology; best driving practices; vehicle and road safety, and customer service. Careem offers all Captains additional benefits including support for applying for a vehicle, health insurance, personal finance training and discounts on fuel and groceries.

The Emirati Captains will drive luxury cars including Lexus, Range Rover, Hyundai Genesis, Cadillac Escalade and Nissan Patrol to provide comfortable, high-end rides and offer ideal solutions to all segments of the community.

The opportunity for UAE nationals to join Careem is still available via registration on the Careem Portal whether for a full time or part-time job. The service will be priced in line with taxis in the Capital and customers will be able to book rides originating anywhere in Abu Dhabi.

Mr. Mohammed Darwish Al Qamzi, General Manager of Integrated Transport Center (ITC), said: “We are glad to see the positive results of a strong collaboration between ITC and Careem which offers our citizens a valuable opportunity to work as Careem Captains for the first time. This is a major step towards supporting the transport sector in Abu Dhabi and offering new job opportunities for Emiratis who will now benefit from earning an income and serving their community at the same time. Together we will continue to invest in and leverage the advanced technology available to secure comfort and safety for our society.”

Bassel Al Nahlaoui, Managing Director of Careem Gulf stated: “Careem is proud to present the first group of Emirati captains who truly represent national sentiment and a desire to serve the community, and in doing so, present their city in the best way to visitors.

“Careem is committed to our vision and mission, derived from our national commitment to contribute to the economic development and support the captains to earn extra income. Our thanks to ITC for their support and collaboration, and we are looking forward to building on this success through our future initiatives.”

Ahead of qualifying to drive for Careem, all Captains go through rigorous screening and background checks including character references and driving history. To qualify for the program, Captains must have local residency, be aged 23 and above and with a minimum of five years’ driving experience.

Careem is continuing an outreach program to target UAE nationals, promoting the new initiative and inviting eligible Emirati Captains (Careem refers to its drivers as “Captains”) to register on their portal


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