Today Uber launches its smartphone technology in Beirut, making it the sixth city in the Middle East to embrace the innovative on-demand private driver application.
About 70% of Lebanese use their smart phones to play games, make purchases, and keep track of busy social calendars – so why not use it also to request a safe and stylish ride to your front door.
Uber is a smartphone app that allows users to connect to licensed private drivers in the area at the touch of a button, using the phone’s GPS to detect both the user’s and drivers’ locations. This means that Beirut residents can get a safe, reliable and convenient ride anywhere in the city — even if they don’t know the exact street address.
Sebastien Wakim, general manager at Uber Lebanon said:
“We’re really excited to be launching Uber in Beirut today. Technology is allowing us to completely re-think the future of our cities and the way people get around them. Uber is already evolving the way the world moves and is being embraced by millions of people across the globe.
“Uber is part of a technology revolution that is transforming urban mobility and creating the smart cities of the future. Beirutis now have a new way of getting around their city that is just a tap of an app away and is also stylish, safe and efficient.”
What is UberBlack?
UberBlack is one of many Uber products that connects riders with licensed drivers. Any person who needs a ride in Beirut just has to download the free Uber app onto their smartphone to request a private-hire car at an affordable price, all in a matter of minutes.
Before getting into the car you are given, via the smartphone app, the driver’s photo, name and registration. At the end of the ride, you get via email an overview of your ride including a GPS tracked summary of your exact trip. Uber partners with only the highest quality limousine professionals and every car, driver and trip is fully insured. All payments are done via the riders’ credit cards, making the experience even more seamless.
Uber is already present in over 170 cities in 44 countries. Beirut is the first city in the Levant where Uber services have been launched. Uber on Beirut!
To request a ride, users must download the free application for Android, iPhone, Blackberry 7, or sign up at uber.com/app.
What to expect when you request a ride:
|Pricing||Price examples||Car types|
|UberBlack||Base Fare: USD2.40
Minimum Fare: USD6.00
Fare per km: USD0.65
Fare per Min: USD0.16
|USD10-13 from Achrafieh to the airport
USD9-11 from Hamra to Sin El Fil
|BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and equivalent|