New Taxi App – Abi Taxi

Post by Mark


Haven’t tried using this app yet but hopefully it’s more reliable than the other taxi app I’ve tried using before, Q8 Taxi. I tried ordering a cab with Q8 Taxi when I had to drop off my car for detailing and the drivers kept canceling my taxi request. Whats taking Uber so long to launch in Kuwait??

To download Abi Taxi on your iPhone just search for Abi Taxi in the app store or click [Here]

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  1. Ahmed says:

    Kuwaiti government don’t want uber so it don’t compete with local Kuwaiti taxi businesses.

    • Mark says:

      That can’t be the reason because uber can use the local taxi business for its service like in Dubai.

      • Dun says:

        It might not be entirely wrong. Uber takes 20% of the fare. So basically if you are a cab company your effective new partner Uber will take 20% of gross profit, which is approximately 45% of net profit. I’ve also heard from more than one cab driver that ‘all’ taxi companies are owned by MOI / ex-MOI people. So its not entirely crazy to think that these people are lobbying the government against Uber coming here.

        • Mark says:

          Uber take 20% of ride cost, so if u paid 1kd they take 200fils not 450. That’s how it is everywhere and it’s good deal for the taxi cabs since they’re getting rides they wouldn’t have gotten

  2. May says:

    Careem also works here, I’ve only used it once but it seems reliable enough.

    • ThrowAway says:

      Last time I used the fare estimator on Careen – over 6 months ago – the price form Jabriya to Mishref was around KD 11. Hopefully they updated their tariffs by now.

  3. zaydoun says:

    I heard through the grapevine that Uber came to Kuwait, researched the market (regulations, competition, tariffs etc.) and decided against launching it here.

    I have no idea what they found in their research that turned them off

  4. AJ says:

    probably everything.

  5. Basel says:

    There was a rule that came out a few years ago by the the MOI saying no driver is allowed to charge you money for the ride unless it’s a cab. And if anyone was found doing it they would get deported. I’m surprised careen is working here. And I’m guessing I’m not entirely sure this is the reason but it’s very likely.

    • Mark says:

      Many people misunderstand how Uber and the likes (Careem) work. Uber doesn’t necessarily mean a non-licensed taxi driver can pick you up. It depends on the city. Some cities like LA anyone can be an uber driver but other places like London, Beirut or Dubai only licensed cab drivers can be uber drivers. Mean you would have to have a taxi car and license to be able to pick people up. Careem uses licensed taxi drivers/cars.

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