A file illustration picture shows the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign in Frankfurt, September 15, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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Saudi Arabia hopes its plan to bring a further 1.3 million women into the workforce by 2030 will be given a lift from ride-hailing apps Uber and Dubai-based rival Careem. The cars, which the government says should only be driven by Saudi men, offer women, who are banned from driving in the conservative Muslim country, an alternative to being driven to work by chauffeurs, male relatives or the shabby taxi system.Saudi Arabia courted Uber and Careem, offering state investments, to support its Vision 2030 economic reform plan.Uber and Careem say they will create up to 200,000 jobs for Saudi men in the next two years.Women account for around 80 percent of Uber and Careem's passengers, the companies say.Uber works with car financing companies in Saudi Arabia to get deals to help its drivers buy newer cars.
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