The verdict handed out during March 2018 to ban Uber and Careem in Egypt has been nullified and reversed by the northern Afrikan country's Urgent Affairs Court. The judgment by the Urgent Affairs Court was handed down on 7 April 2018.
On 20 March 2018, Egypt's Admistrative Court delivered a judgment in favour of taxi drivers in the country who, as part of their court application, argued that Uber and Careem are unfair competition. Some of the reasons that the taxi drivers put forward were that the requirements for drivers on ride-hailing platforms such as Uber and Careem are significantly different compared to what Egypt's authorities expect them, taxi drivers, to comply with. As a result, Egypt's Administrative Court has banned Uber and Careem stating that they violate Egyptian law.
The lifting of the ban also comes at a time when Egypt's parliament is discussing a draft law to regulate the operations of ride-hailing companies inside the country. The draft law was approved by members of the transport, communications, national security, and economic affairs committees in a session attended by Careem and Uber representatives. Despite the approval, it is reported that some articles of the draft law have not been welcomed by Uber and Careem as they constitute them an invasion of users’ privacy.
The lifting of the ban doesn't come as a surprise either as Uber had previously indicated it would look to appeal the decision. Speaking to iAfrikan after the ban was announced, an Uber Spokesperson said that they remained committed to ensuring their operations return back to normal in Egypt.
"We will do all we can to ensure millions of Egyptians can continue to enjoy the benefits of on-demand transportation. We are fully committed to working with the entire sector – including taxis – to improve mobility in Egypt together. We will appeal this decision, and continue to be available in Egypt in the meantime."
What remains to be seen, however, is the final legislation that all stakeholders settle on as far as regulation of ride-hailing platforms in Egypt goes.