Uber’s largest rival  in the Middle East, Careem, has revealed that it was the victim of a cyber incident in January where hackers gained access to systems that contain customer and driver account data such as names, email address, phone number and trip data.

The Dubai-based firm said there was no evidence that customer passwords and credit card numbers had been stolen.

Founded six years ago, Careem had over 15 million customers across 14 countries, and more than half a million drivers as of end of 2017.

The firm, which is rumored to contemplate an IPO, could be valued at about $1.5 billion.


Omar Hajjar is a journalist based in the UK. An investigative reporter, he has lived in 3 different countries in the Middle East over the past 10 years.

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