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Dubai just went Uber

August 27, 2013 / Dubai

Dubai has long been a place of great contrast: stunning skylines amidst vast desert dunes, the world’s hottest nightclubs next to traditional Arab souks, and a palm tree island in the middle of the ocean.  The Emirate has grown from a sleepy afterthought to the crossroads of the world. And today, things got even sweeter when Uber began testing in Dubai, marking our entry into our first market in the Middle East!


Riz Khan, TV host, international journalist and best-selling author, caught wind of Uber’s arrival and scooped up the first ride in the Emirates. He opened his iPhone in Downtown Dubai and requested a ride; just a few minutes later, his chauffeur Naser arrived in his BMW 7-Series to take Riz away in style.

Let’s face it – living in Dubai has its perks: the finest restaurants in the world are just a short drive away, summer comes 250 days a year and the tallest building in the world is right next door! But it’s also no secret that getting around is not always a pleasant experience; that’s why we can’t be more excited to be here.

Join Our Team

As our team in Dubai and the Gulf grows, we’re looking for strong people to join us. In Dubai, we’re searching for a top-notch Community Manager – someone to help Uber grow in the Emirates. If you know anyone awesome, send them our way!

Just Getting Started

We’re kicking things off today, ready for adventurous riders to try things out! We’ll be testing and tweaking for the next several weeks and working hard to have more cars available every day. Please take a ride and let us know what you think on Twitter @Uber_Dubai or shoot us an email at

Welcome Aboard,

Team #UberDubai