Careem announces launch of operations in Gaza, Nablus

Updated 11 January 2018

Careem announces launch of operations in Gaza, Nablus

Careem, the region’s leading ride-hailing service in the MENA region, Turkey and Pakistan, has announced the launch of its services in the cities of Gaza and Nablus as part of its commitment to providing exceptional transportation services to the people of Palestine.
Hundreds of “Captains” have enrolled in the Careem platform to be able to provide modern transportation services in Gaza and Nablus.
The fleet in Gaza includes private cars licensed by the authorities and Careem will be operating with taxis in Nablus.
The strategy of the company in both cities will help provide state-of-the-art transportation services while also improving the taxi industry.
Mudassir Sheikha, CEO and co-founder of Careem, said: “We are excited to expand our mission in Palestine to Gaza and Nablus, two cities with significant untapped potential for mobility and youth employment.”
He said: “Careem’s objective in Palestine is to simplify the lives of people through an advanced mobility infrastructure, create tens of thousands of income-generating opportunities for local youth, and hopefully inspire other regional businesses to expand to Palestine.”
Also commenting on this occasion, Ibrahim Manna, managing director of emerging markets at Careem, said: “Careem takes pride in serving Palestine as part of its overall commitment to expanding its services to the rest of Palestinian governorates — a dedication also backed by the interest of its customers in Ramallah City during its soft launch stage.
“This opportunity coincides with an important development in a neighboring country, Jordan, following the statement issued by the Jordanian Prime Ministry authorizing Careem to operate in the country.”
He said: “We’re delighted to be implementing smart and safe transportation services for the people of Palestine. With Careem services now in Gaza and Nablus, customers can benefit from our smart app and will be able to know the cost of their ride through a fare estimator. Our customers will also be able to track their ride via the Careem app GPS technology, being able to share it with their family and friends. This is important for us and safety is a key priority at Careem, for our customer, colleagues and Captains.”
Manna said: “We are operating in close collaboration with the Palestinian government and all involved parties in Gaza and Nablus. Our objective is to contribute to providing excellent services and improving the transportation sector in Palestine.”
With an expected rise of over 5,000 “Captains” in Palestine within the next three years, Careem aims to present tremendous opportunities for all eligible youth and taxi drivers in Nablus and Gaza in joining the Careem fleet, which is already comprised of more than 500,000 Captains in the broader Middle East and North Africa, including Turkey and Pakistan.


New Land Rover Defender makes global debut

Updated 16 September 2019

New Land Rover Defender makes global debut

Land Rover has revealed the New Defender with a dramatic live-action demonstration of its capability at the Frankfurt Motor Show. 

The new 4x4 made its first appearance by descending an extreme 42-degree incline at the show — a feat broadcast live to a global audience of fans. The Defender is said to be the most capable and durable Land Rover ever made and its debut in Frankfurt marked the end of its first adventure, to the Valley of the Castles in the Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan — one of the most land-locked places on earth. 

Professional mountaineer Kenton Cool drove New Defender in Kazakhstan and he was in Frankfurt to give the new model his seal of approval alongside Olympic medal-winning equestrian rider Zara Tindall.

New Defender will be available in 90 and 110 body designs, with up to six seats in the 90 and the option of five, six or 5+2 seating in the 110. 

The range comprises Defender, S, SE, HSE, First Edition and top-of-the-range Defender X. Customers will be able to personalize their vehicle in more ways than any previous Land Rover, with four accessory packs — the Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban. First Edition models featuring unique specification will be available throughout the first year of production.

Felix Bräutigam, chief commercial officer, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “New Defender will be available in 128 global markets and meets or exceeds the toughest emissions and safety requirements in the world. Combining advanced technology and durable mechanical underpinnings we have delivered the toughness and character you can only find in a Defender. With four personalities to choose from, two body styles and a comprehensive range of options and accessories, customers will be able to personalize Defender to make their ultimate 4x4 companion — whatever their lifestyle.”

Mountaineer Cool, who has climbed Everest 14 times, said: “The Land Rover Defender, and Series models before it, have been the backbone of countless adventures going back more than 70 years. I was excited to begin a new chapter in the history of the world’s most iconic 4x4 by taking New Defender on its first expedition and the trip to remote Kazakhstan and tested it to the extreme. I can say for certain that negotiating its way down the climbing wall in Frankfurt gave only the smallest glimpse of its amazing off- and on-road capability.”

Gerry McGovern, chief design officer, Land Rover, said: “The new Defender is respectful of its past but is not harnessed by it. This is a new Defender for a new age. Its unique personality is accentuated by its distinctive silhouette and optimum proportions, which make it both highly desirable and seriously capable — a visually compelling 4x4 that wears its design and engineering integrity with uncompromised commitment.”