Despite Major Investments in Uber, Careem, Saudi Arabia Bans Ride-Sharing Apps from Airport Pickups

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In a setback for women especially, who make up 80% of ride-sharing app's customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the government has announced that it has banned Uber and Careem from making airport pickups and will instead force customers to use cabs, according to a report.

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