Dar es Salaam has today become the 475 city to join in Uber’s growing global network. With the launch of Uber, an innovative technology platform, Dar es Salaam joins the list of smart transportation hubs in Africa.
This follows recent launches in Kampala, Uganda and Accra, Ghana.
(TOP: Alon Lits, GM, Uber sub-Saharan Africa, speaking at the Dar es Salaam launch).
Uber’s innovative platform connects drivers with riders in real time, at the touch of a button. Whether you’re a local heading out with friends, in the city on business or exploring its tourist sites, Uber provides an affordable, safe and reliable way to get across the city.
Dar es Salaam’s exciting, rapidly growing market makes it a perfect fit for Uber. The World Bank states that Tanzania’s GDP growth rate is estimated at 6.8% for 2017 and the country is maintaining a low rate of inflation. Businesses are flourishing, with sectors such as transport, construction and financial services booming.
Alon Lits General Manager for Uber Sub-Saharan Africa said: “We are proud to launch Uber in Tanzania at such an exciting point in its growing economy. As the infrastructure of Dar es Salaam rapidly urbanises, so the demand for affordable, easy and flexible transport grows.”
He added: “We have set the standard for connecting people to world-class transport, moving millions of global citizens every day through our offering of affordable and reliable rides at the touch of a button. Our service complements existing transport options, so we can all work together to reduce traffic congestion and the environmental impact of transport in the city.”
Uber is celebrating its launch in Dar es Salaam by providing free rides. Tanzanians can try out the new service by accessing their complimentary rides on the Uber app.
Alon Lits added: “Uber is part of a broader global evolution in transportation. Dar es Salaam is a vibrant, thriving city with a growing youthful labour force that is ready to welcome and support our service. Together, in partnership with the current transport system in Dar es Salaam, we will shape the future of urban travel to benefit passengers, drivers and the environment. We are so excited to be launching here.”