Uber Eats exits Egypt and Saudi Arabia and hands over UAE operations to Careem

The delivery aggregator has struggled in a crowded regional marketplace

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Food delivery platform Uber Eats has ended its operations in Saudi Arabia and Egypt with immediate effect and will hand over the reins of its UAE operation to Careem now later in the month.

A leaked email from Uber Eats vice president Pierre-Dmitri Gore-Coty revealed the plans, which were later confirmed by an Uber Eats spokesperson, and users of the Uber Eats app are unavailable to order in Saudi Arabia.

According to Gore-Coty's email, Uber Eats did not "grow quickly enough in these markets and we don't see them as a path to profitability".

Last year, Uber Eats appointed Assad Numan as GM to lead its Saudi Arabian expansion which had seen it enter Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Makkah, and Madinah since 2018.

Careem, which is owned by Uber, will take over Uber Eats operations in the UAE, and already has its own food delivery aggregator, Careem Now which will take over operations.

Uber Eats has closed down a number of other markets including Honduras, Romania, Ukraine, and Czech Republic.

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