The U.S. car service mediator Uber has announced plans to take over the in Dubai-based competitors Careem for 3.1 billion dollars. The company should be independent of Uber, and under the direction of the co-founder Mudassir Sheikha continue to operate, wrote Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in a E-Mail to his employees.

in the medium term, the deals could be put together therefore. “Over time, we can work through the Integration of Parts of our networks more efficient, shorter waiting times ( … ), and the already impressive pace of Innovation in the Region to accelerate,” wrote Khosrowshahi.

Careem works according to its own information, with a Million drivers in 90 cities. About 30 million people therefore use the car service. Belongs to the investor Arab Investor, Kingdom Holding, the German Daimler group in addition to the Chinese competitors DiDi Chuxing and the saudi. The service is used in the Region are more likely than average women. In Saudi Arabia, a major market for Careem, were women, up nine months ago, no car.

Uber is expected to go in April on the stock exchange. The company could be assessed is estimated that up to 100 billion dollars.