Careem Announces First Group of Emirati Captains

The Emirati Captains who will begin driving for Careem in Abu Dhabi have been presented to the public.

Careem, in collaboration with ITC, began an outreach program targeting UAE nationals last November,and promoted the new initiative encouraging eligible Emirati’s to apply. The new program attracted more than 100 applicants, and Careem has revealed that the first group includes 14 Captains, while more than 30 other Captains are being prepared to join the fleet in the coming weeks.

Emirati Captains
Emirati Captains in Abu Dhabi

This programme provides job opportunities for Emiratis, offering a flexible and stable income, while also supporting the UAE’s vision to achieve the economic diversification.

The Emirati Captains will be driving their own cars, including Lexus, Range Rover, Hyundai Genesis, Cadillac Escalade and Nissan Patrol, but will ofer extra value to passengers as they will operate at no extra premium to local taxis.

Through this program, Careem continues its commitment to the local community and effectively contributing to the economy, by creating job opportunities and leveraging modern technology in day-to-day life. It also provides Emiratis with an opportunity to showcase their authentic traditions and values of generosity and hospitality to visitors.

Careem conducts training sessions in Abu Dhabi to upskill Captains on how to use Careem technology; best driving practices; vehicle and road safety, and customer service. Careem offers all Captains additional benefits including support for applying for a vehicle, health insurance, personal finance training and discounts on fuel and groceries.

Ahead of qualifying to drive for Careem, all Captains go through rigorous screening and background checks including character references and driving history. To qualify for the program, Captains must have local residency, be aged 23 and above and with a minimum of five years’ driving experience.

It’s an ongoing initiative and eligible Emirati Captains are invited to register on their portal –