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Business & Money | Thursday 2 September, 2021 1:39 am |
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Uber, TGA and MasterCard offer free rides to people accessing a Covid-19 vaccination in Saudi Arabia

Uber, the Transport General Authority (TGA) and Mastercard have joined forces to offer free rides to anyone in Saudi Arabia attending a Covid-19 vaccination appointment in over 300 centers across the Kingdom. The initiative is part of Uber’s global commitment to help communities ‘Move What Matters’ and support the Kingdom as it works to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The initiative is also supported by payment technology company Mastercard under its mission to ’Do Well By Doing Good’, and is in conjunction with its long-term partnership with Uber.

Anyone booking a vaccine appointment until the 15th of October through the Sehatty or Tawakkalna apps will receive a text message to their mobile phone advising them about the promotion. It will entitle users to two free Uber trips up to the value of SAR50 each way and can be used to access vaccination centers in 19 cities including, Riyadh, Jeddah, Assir and Taif.

Saleh Alzowayeed, Spokesperson for the TGA said, “We fully support this important initiative which ensures everyone will be able to access transport to a vaccination center. As the body responsible for public transport, we were pleased to help in the development of the campaign and encourage everyone who needs it, to take advantage of this offer from Uber and Mastercard.”

Mohammad Gazzaz, General Manager of Uber in Saudi Arabia added, “We are committed to playing our part in helping communities in the Kingdom emerge from this pandemic. We fully support the government’s effort to make the Covid-19 vaccine accessible for all and hope this latest initiative, in partnership with Mastercard and TGA, will help remove any transportation barriers preventing individuals from accessing the program.

“We hope that by facilitating a direct home-to-vaccine-center transport option, more people will be encouraged to take their Covid-19 vaccination and help combat the spread of the virus in the Kingdom.”

​​Amnah Ajmal, Mastercard Executive Vice President, Market Development, Middle East and Africa, said, “We are pleased to partner with TGA and Uber as we come together to positively impact the people of Saudi Arabia. We believe that increased access to vaccination centers is vital as we navigate our changing world and work towards a better future for all. This is yet another example of the power of partnerships as we continue our mission of doing well by doing good.”

The initiative follows a previous promotion offered by Uber during Ramadan, when discounted rides were provided in cities across the Kingdom for those who wanted to access their first COVID-19 vaccination dose.

The Uber free rides initiative will be available in all cities that Uber operates in.  

 

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