To work on ease of living and financial inclusion of Pakistanis working in Dubai, ride-hailing Careem, announced a partnership with the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis, after hosting a meeting with Ministry representatives and 50 Pakistani Captains (Careem’s title for their drivers).
The meeting was attended by Mudassir Sheikha, CEO, and Co-Founder of Careem along with Junaid Iqbal, Managing Director of Careem Pakistan and Zulfiqar Bukhari, Special Assistant of the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistan along with 50 Pakistani Captains working in Dubai.
Several initiatives were discussed at the meeting, meant to improve the lives of Pakistani Captains working in Dubai and away from home. According to Careem, there are currently 9 million Pakistani expats living outside their home country. Currently standing at $22 billion, on average overseas Pakistanis are sending around $1.7 to $1.9 billion a month. Amongst these remittances, 82% are received from 5 countries which are KSA, UAE, USA, UK, and Malaysia
Careem CEO and Co-Founder Mudassir Sheikha speaks at the meeting.
Commenting on the occasion is Mudassir Sheikha, CEO, and Co-founder of Careem: “We were honoured to host Zulfiqar Bukhari, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis at our HQ in Dubai. It gave us a valuable opportunity to discuss ways in which we can improve the lives of Pakistani Captains in the UAE and across the Gulf region.”
Zulfiqar Bukhari, Special Assistant for Overseas Pakistan commented: “The government tremendously values the contribution of overseas Pakistanis to the economy of Pakistan, and will take every measure to ease out their living outside of Pakistan, from the perspective of financial inclusion and investment back home”.
Speaking to a Careem representative, AMEinfo learned that “Careem is working with all its Captains include Pakistani Captains to provide a fair earning in terms of bonuses and other incentives.” While no specifics were given regarding these proposed incentives, they are generally aimed at improving the quality of life for Pakistani expat Captains.
“To further facilitate the collaboration, Junaid Iqbal, the Managing Director of Careem Pakistan is working with the Ministry of Overseas to develop special promo codes for Pakistanis travel home,” an official press statement by Careem said. “Furthermore, a team will be formulated to work with various governments in Gulf countries to increase the number of Pakistani expats.”
Currently, Pakistani Captains in the UAE already enjoy a multitude of benefits, the representative said. “We have partnerships to reduce the cost for our captains: Maintenance partners (garage, servicing, car wash, etc), restaurants partnerships (food meals, Karak at discounted prices), grocery partnerships (daily use items at a discounted rate), free medical checkup and discounts on medical test for visa/RTA.”
Currently, Pakistani Captains number in the thousands, with 99% of them being male. “The average age is within the 25 – 40 age bracket,” the representative said.