Ride Sharing apps approved

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has approved a law regulating ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Careem (Uber’s competitor founded in 2012 in Dubai).

The legislation was passed by parliament in May despite concerns among some lawmakers. In March an Egyptian court deemed it illegal to use private vehicles for taxi services and ordered Uber and Careem’s apps to be blocked.

Many Egyptians who complain about taxi services, including drivers who refuse to turn on their meters or their air conditioning during the summer heat, had already switched to ride-sharing apps such as Uber and UAE-based Careem.