Bus hailing startup SWVL expands its operations to Saudi Arabia

EGYPT – SWVL, an Egyptian bus-hailing startup, has launched its operations in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, its fourth market since it was founded in 2017. The startup is already present in Kenya, Pakistan as well as Egypt. In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital and main financial hub with a population of close to 8 million, Swvl will join forces with other competitors including Uber, Careem, My Taxi, Jahz and Taxi Watani, among others. In 2018, the Saudi Arabia’s Public Transport Authority (PTA) said there were 20 ride-hailing applications already licensed to run…

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SWVL appoints ex-Uber boss Dip Patel to head Kenyan operations

KENYA – SWVL, a bus transportation network company, has appointed former Uber Kenya Country Manager Dip Patel to lead its local operations, tapping into his experience in the segment. Dip takes over ranks from Sivachi Muleji who resigned from the role at the end of January having served on the top seat since May 2019. Mr Patel joins the company at a time it is locked in licensing row with the transport regulation in a spat that has threated to derail SWVL Kenya operations. The firm says it will tap…

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Ride hailing app SWVL to expands it services to upcountry counties of Kenya

KENYA – SWVL, a digital app bus transportation network company is now seeking upcountry rides in a revamp of strategy which leverages on the company’s presence in the Nairobi Central Business District, reports The Citizen. Bus-hailing service SWVL has set its sights on operations between Nairobi and other towns even as the firm remains embroiled in a spiky regulatory hurdle. While the firm had previously hinted at setting up operations in other cities and towns, the Egypt-based digital app is now seeking upcountry rides in a revamp of strategy which…

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SWVL Plans to expand its services to other cities in Africa

AFRICA – SWVL, Egyptian start-up app-based shuttle service. plans to focus its expansion to other cities in Africa, including Lagos and Johannesburg, reports Kenyan Wall Street. The bus hailing company will use Nairobi as a launchpad to extend to other cities in Africa. This will allow the company to provide reliable, convenient, and affordable public transport across the continent. SWVL plans to launch base in Lagos before the end of the year. Later, the bus-hailing app will reach other cities like Johannesburg, Abidjan, Dar es Salaam, and Addis Ababa. In…

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Ride hailing firm SWVL to invest $15m in its Kenyan operations

KENYA – Egyptian ride hailing firm, SWVL has unveiled plans of investing US$15 million in improving its current operations and scaling up the business into new routes across Kenya. The firm which entered the country in January this year with four routes on a pilot basis, has so far built a network of 150 buses running along 55 routes with numerous pick-up and drop-off points. The move to increase their investment and the routes they operate in is seen as a step further to consolidating its presence in the market…

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