Potential Uber return to Abu Dhabi suffers major setback

The ride-hailing service is eyeing a share of the market here

It looks like hopes ride-hailing service Uber was to make a return to Abu Dhabi are about to be dashed.

Bosses at the transport app revealed last month how they were in talks to restore the service to the UAE capital after a two-year absence.

But now they have backtracked and blamed “prohibitive” costs of operating here, reports The National.

Anthony El Khoury, Uber’s general manager for the Middle East region, said: “The reality is that we are very keen in launching Abu Dhabi again. It is a very interesting market.

“We were there and we know for a fact that there is a lot of potential.

“The reality is that we still feel that the current regulation, specifically on pricing, makes it a bit difficult for us to have an affordable and convenient service in Abu Dhabi.”

The transport chief said current regulations mean ride-sharing or limo-style companies such as Uber have to charge 30 per cent more than standard taxis.

He said talks will continue with Abu Dhabi transport bosses in the hope of a positive resolution.

But it sounds like we might have to wait a while before we see an Uber on the streets of Abu Dhabi once more.

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