Uber Eats will shut down in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, while UAE operations will transition to Uber subsidiary Careem.
Uber has just announced it will be closing down its Uber Eats operations in eight markets around the world where it was not clear that it could become the number one or number two online food delivery operator, its stated aim for its Eats business. Operations are ceasing in Saudi Arabia Monday, May 4th, in Egypt by May 18th, while operations in the UAE are transitioning to Uber subsidiary Careem.
“We have made the decision to discontinue Uber Eats in the Middle East. This will also allow us to commit further energy and resources on our top Eats markets around the world,” said an Uber spokesman. “Looking ahead, we remain committed to growing and investing in Uber’s mobility platform in the Middle East.”
The decision comes as a result of a competitive, some have said oversaturated, market for online food delivery. A spokesman also explained that this decision will allow the company to redirect resources to thriving Uber Eats markets, including Europe.
“We are committed to continuing to serve cities in the Middle East through our Uber Rides business, where we continue to launch new products/services such as Uber Medics to help support our communities through this difficult time.”
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