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A Look Back at UBER Egypt in 2016: Top Driver, Riders and More Data

Cairo remains UBER’s fastest growing city across EMEA region, the company reached over 40,000 drivers a month, from 2000 at the same time last year.

UBER Egypt has revealed some of its app usage and data in 2016, here is a list of app usage highlights during 2016:

Most popular time for riders in Cairo is Thursday 5 to 6 pm

Most popular time for riders in Cairo is Thursday 5 to 6 pm, digital boom, uber egypt
Most popular time for riders in Cairo is Thursday 5 to 6 pm

Most trips taken by a single driver in Cairo is 4661

Most trips taken by a single driver in Cairo is 4661, uber egypt, cairo, digital boom, infographic
Most trips taken by a single driver in Cairo is 4661

Most trips taken by a single rider in Cairo is 1124

Most trips taken by a single rider in Cairo is 1124, uber egypt, digital boom, infographic, cairo
Most trips taken by a single rider in Cairo is 1124

Most popular destination for Cairo’s residents: Saudi Arabia, US, UAE

Most popular destination for Cairo's residents: Saudi Arabia, US, UAE, Cairo, Egypt, Uber Egypt, Digital Boom, infographic
Most popular destination for Cairo’s residents: Saudi Arabia, US, UAE

Most of Cairo’s visiting riders come from: Saudi Arabia, US, UAE

Most of Cairo's visiting riders come from: Saudi Arabia, US, UAE, Uber Egypt, Digital Boom, Look back, 2016, data, infographic, Uber Egypt
Most of Cairo’s visiting riders come from: Saudi Arabia, US, UAE

UBER Egypt Highlights 2016

March

Uber and Education for Employment Egypt (EFE|Egypt) announced the graduation of 14 partners from the Uber Partner-Driver Training Program; a program intended to equip aspiring individuals with the skills necessary to succeed as partner-drivers on the technology platform.

David Plouffe, Uber’s chief adviser and former campaign manager for Barack Obama in 2008, made his first visit to Cairo.

“The sharing economy has a lot more profound economic value today than it did a few years ago”, Plouffe said at The Future Of Work: How Technology is Changing the Business Model fireside chat with Dr. Nagla Rizk, professor of economics and founding director of the Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) at the School of Business, The American University in Cairo. “Cairo is Uber’s fastest growing city around the world,” Plouffe added. “We’re keen to engage with government bodies, NGOs and businesses, to intensify our partnerships with them and work towards creating a system to produce the economic output we all desire: more work for more people, reduce congestion and provide safer transportation.”

He reinforced Uber’s commitment to investing EGP 2.2 billion to the MENA region, EGP 500 million of which is going to expansion in Egypt and to creating tens of thousands of jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities across the country.

June

Uber rolled out cash payment option to 100% of Egypt riders

 November

Uber Egypt announced that their partner support center is officially one of the most visited centers globally with an average of 6,500 drivers per week.  Whilst the center launched in June 2016, Uber Egypt has set a new international benchmark by receiving more than 1,000 visits of current and prospective drivers per day.

Uber launched telematics – technology sensors that now monitor safety measures taken while on the road. Using sensors that are built into smart phone technology, Uber measures data such as how many times and how hard the driver hits the brakes. Other sensors provide data on the position and movement of the driver’s smartphone.  Uber drives value from the data received, and after continued analysis, shares the results with the drivers. Every driver receives warnings and one-on-one sessions to discuss these results and to learn how to avoid the mistakes that could put him/her and the rider in any dangerous situation on the road. About 10% of drivers tested have improved their driving habits in only a week. With such a rapid improvement rate, road safety could definitely be disrupted by technology.

December

At the RiseUp Summit 2016, speaking on the Future of Mobility, Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty – Head of Operations EMEA at Uber – said: “Today ride-sharing accounts for under 4% of the miles driven globally. Morgan Stanley estimates that number will rise to more than 25% by 2030. Just imagine the possibilities that lie ahead! A better future is within our grasp—it’s one where people share rides and take public transit simply because it’s a better option to owning a car. It’s a future: where people have equal access to affordable transportation; where they spend less of their income on cars or commutes, and less time stuck behind the wheel. I genuinely hope we see this in Cairo sooner rather than later – and so far that is looking more and more like a possibility. “

Lina Gilani
Holds B.A English Literature and Translation from Al – Zaytoonah University in Amman – Jordan. Writer, translator, animal rights activist.