Abu Dhabi Transportation Taxi Monopoly Ends (Again) As Car Service App CAREEM Returns To The Market

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Abu Dhabi residents and visitors had sort of a dry run for a long time since ride sharing (including UBER) apps have been banned by the authorities but now CAREEM managed to introduce a new car service option.

Using the CAREEM application allows the use of Limousines in Abu Dhabi that can be paid via credit card through the app, a big improvement as Abu Dhabi taxis so far only accept cash.

When I visited Abu Dhabi last week I was disappointed that there was no more application active that allows easy requests of car service and most importantly the electronic payment of these services. This changed today when I received an email from the service announcing the implementation of Careem Limousine with immediate effect.

Careem is a Middle East and North Africa equivalent to Uber, working in pretty much the same fashion and allows the use of international credit cards as well as various discount codes.

Apart from the 30% discount code (up to 30 AED per ride) you can use this LoyaltyLobby signup link which gives an additional 30 AED credit for first use of the application.

You are also able to collect loyalty points with Emirates Skywards, Etihad Guest, Airmiles and cellphone provider Etisalat for the fare of your Careem ride.


It’s really a difference of night and day (for me at least) when traveling to a city or country that doesn’t have these car service and ride sharing app nowadays. Especially in countries where paying for taxi rides per credit card is not common practice it’s really beneficial to be able to use such applications instead of having to exchange/withdraw cash money all the time.

I’m glad Careem is back in business in Abu Dhabi and maybe Uber will eventually follow suit when they limit themselves on professional limousine services which I take it was the issue why the services were initially banned as they included private ride shares as well.

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  • Fritz the big

    Careem is a Muslim company, which should be banned to operate.

    • Fritz the PIG

      sorry, PIG and not big:)

  • Nevsky2

    Only problem is that (at least as of last week) they did not accept US credit cards, but do accept cash. Wound up taking taxis which are excellent and inexpensive, but had to pay cash. Found a great driver who gave us his cell number.

  • jessie

    thanks for useful info. Plz let us (readers) know once Uber is back to Abu Dhabi.

    • To my understanding Careem had to agree to the minimum fare levels set by the government on ABu Dhabi to restart their business there. Not sure if Uber is willing to do the same.

  • TangaTalalag

    Taxis in Abu Dhabi are usually quite good, clean and smart drivers, but it doesn’t hurt to have a bit of competition. I used Careem a fair bit in Riyadh, but if you are at an out of the way place they cancel and you have to rebook. Having said that when you do get them they are good.

    • They usually don’t take credit cards that is just a hassle if I have an overnight transit. Uber to/from hotel which is paid by CC. No need to pay visit to an ATM.