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Berlin’s Micro-Mobility Startup CIRC Opens Headquarters in UAE

Customers are now able to use e-scooters in designated areas of Abu Dhabi using Circ’s certified, purpose-built scooters.

Europe’s leading micro-mobility startup, Circ, has announced that it has established a regional headquarters in the United Arab Emirates, after a multi-million-dollar investment that allowed the startup to expand outside of the EU. Customers are now able to use e-scooters in designated areas of Abu Dhabi using Circ’s certified, purpose-built scooters.

Earlier in March, the Dubai’s Transport Authority (RTA) banned electric scooters from the market in order to investigate their use, in addition to the legislative and technical requirements to allow the operation of electric scooters. However, Circ’s position as a key player in the Gulf market as the first international micro-mobility company poses as an interesting opportunity for effective change-making.

“We stand for responsible micro-mobility, working with city authorities, local communities and other road users to transform urban transportation where we are welcome. The vibrant ecosystem of innovative and eagerness to try new concepts in the UAE makes it a perfect place for Circ,” says Lukasz Gadowski, co-founder of Circ.

Circ’s vehicles are purpose-built for continuous and shared use, simply designed to last longer. They put safety first as they incorporate various features such as larger wheels, better suspension, longer battery life and the industry’s best braking system, among other stand out features. Circ provides concise in-app safety instructions and local guidelines on how to use the vehicles responsibly and compliant with local transportation laws. Additionally, each Circ ride is insured with personal accident, third-party and product liability insurance in the UAE.

Circ works hard to ensure that their e-scooters are properly parked and is testing incentives for responsible use across different municipalities. Ensuring around-the-clock accessibility and reliability, the startup maintains its fleet of vehicles 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and all year round.

The Berlin-based startup is Europe’s largest and fastest growing micro-mobility company, exceeding three million rides already this year, and available for use in 39 cities and 12 countries. In addition to launching in Abu Dhabi, further expansion to other areas in the Gulf region is also in development with support from Circ MENA co-founders, Jaideep Dhanoa and Bader AlKalooti.

“We make sure Circ’s service is optimised for each city, taking into consideration factors like the weather, the landscape and the needs of the local community. That is going to be especially important for us in the UAE and the wider Gulf region as we focus on our mission to deliver dependable, high quality rides everywhere,” states Bader Al Kaloot, Circ MENA co-founder and COO.

Circ was co-founded by Lukasz Gadowski, who previously created Delivery Hero, the mother company that operates regional food delivery brands Talabat, Carriage, Zomato and HungerStation.


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