Can expats drive Uber/Careem in Saudi Arabia?

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Can expats drive Uber/Careem?

As a general rule of thumb, expats are not allowed to drive Uber/Careem or any other online taxi service in Saudi Arabia unless your Iqama profession is taxi driver.

In other words, only those foreigners who are working as taxi drivers can drive Uber and Careem in Saudi Arabia.

Can expats drive Uber/Careem in Saudi Arabia

How much do uber drivers make?

The earnings of Uber and Careem drivers vary depending on the number of hours they drive their vehicles. Generally, if someone drives for 8 hours a day, he can easily make around SR 5,000 to SR 6,000 in Saudi Arabia.

Uber car requirements

Uber has very strict requirements for car selection in Saudi Arabia;

  • Less than 7 years old.
  • 4-door sedan (or minivan).
  • Good condition.
  • No commercial branding.
  • No full-sized vans or trucks.
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles.
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles.
  • List of eligible vehicles.

Careem car requirements

Careem also has strict requirements for car selection in Saudi Arabia but they do allow taxis as well. Careem allows Medium sized and private cars only. The minimum requirement is that the car model should not be older than 5 years from the current year. For example, in 2023, cars to drive with Careem should not be older than 2018 models.Β 

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