The ride-hailing service Careem announced on Monday that it will lay off 536 of its employees, representing 31% of its workforce, this week. Careem CEO Mudassir Sheikh said in a blog on the company’s website that their business is down by more than 80% and the recovery timeline is alramingly unknown. The company, which primarily operates in the Middle East, is owned by Uber.
Careem and Salman Sufi Foundation have entered into a strategic partnership to train 10,000 females to ride bikes and subsequently on board them on the Careem platform. Through the partnership Careem will be creating jobs opportunities for the female bikers and help them achieve financial independence. Careem will also be introducing a new vehicle type in its application that will have female bike Captains catering to female customers only.
The online ride-hailing company, Careem is offering the service of Rescue 1122 frire brigade and ambulance on a trail basis in Peshawar. These services can be availed from Careem application by only 50,000 people in selected areas in the city for now but will later be extended to other regions. This facility can be used for handling different emergencies such as road accidents, medical emergency, fire, natural calamities etc