Uber’s greatest competitor within the Center East says it has mapped 45,000 miles of street in its bid to compete on a world stage

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Careem CEO, Mudassir Sheikha

  • Careem, value greater than $2 billion, is one among Uber’s greatest opponents within the Center East. 
  • In an interview with Enterprise Insider, CEO Mudassir Sheikha outlined the steps Careem is taking to stave off Uber’s world dominance. 
  • The corporate has mapped greater than 45,000 miles of roads — as a result of Google Maps was by no means an possibility for this market. 

Within the developed world, Google Maps has arguably probably the most complete street-level knowledge of cities and cities.

However in lots of rising markets, just like the Center East, a lot of that knowledge lacks the specificity and element required to underpin a transportation app. That’s an issue in case your product includes shuttling folks from place to position by way of an app.

In an interview with Enterprise Insider, the founder and CEO of Careem, Uber’s largest opponents within the Center East, defined how the corporate has mapped greater than 45,000 miles of street as a way to energy its taxi service and stave off world opponents.

“Constructing a enterprise like Careem within the US is rather a lot less complicated than constructing an analogous enterprise on this a part of the world as a result of a whole lot of the constructing blocks you could allow a service like Carreem — reminiscent of maps or funds methods — you nearly take them as a right,”  co-founder and CEO Mudassir Sheikha informed Enterprise Insider from the corporate’s Dubai headquarters.

Learn extra: The CEO of Careem explains how the corporate is scaling as much as beat Uber in a rapidly rising market

“We not solely needed to construct mapping infrastructure, we needed to construct our personal locations database as a result of Google was not full nor dependable,” he continued.

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That wasn’t a straightforward job.

Neighborhood by neighborhood, the corporate had to enter cities and map each villa, shopping center, and different buildings to supply correct knowledge for pickups and dropoffs. That would show pivotal when competing with Uber, which is sort of 5 instances the scale, however solely energetic in a small fraction of Careem’s cities.

“So for example in the event you open Google Maps within the residential neighborhood the place I stay,” Sheikha stated. “All it is going to present you is the road title. Whereas In the event you open the Careem app, it is going to present you the precise Villa you can be picked up from.”

You’ll be able to learn the complete interview with Enterprise Insider right here.

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