Millions of religious pilgrims flock to the kingdom each year. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Careem Networks FZ, the Middle Eastern ride-hailing company recently snatched up by Uber Technologies Inc., is expanding in Saudi Arabia with a bus-transport service tailored to the millions of religious pilgrims flocking to the kingdom each year. Careem, which agreed in March to be bought by the U.S. mobility pioneer for $3.1 billion, will provide direct rides between Jeddah on the Red Sea to the holy city of Mecca for 25 riyals ($6.70) each way, a distance covering about 85 kilometers.It will start with 13-seat buses, Careem said in a statement Tuesday.
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