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Careem CEO launches appeal for 500,000 gig workers across Middle East amid crisis

By The National

CEO Mudassir Sheikha of Careem, a Dubai based ride-hailing company penned a letter appealing to governments, employers and lenders in the 13 countries where the company operates to support drivers whose earnings are affected by COVID-19.

The company which is also a subsidiary of Uber estimates that 500,000 of its 1.3 million registered drivers earn a full-time living from Careem according to this report.

Mr Sheikha asked governments in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan to include gig economy workers in their economic relief plans and consider how they may play a role in public health efforts.

To lenders, Mr Sheikha asked that they consider temporary relief to those with car or home loans.


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