A Dubai-based super app and socially responsible corporation that regularly supports community-based development initiatives. Established in 2012, initially as a ride-hailing app, Careem now operates in more than 100 cities in 12 countries, offering services including ride-hailing, food delivery, and bill payments. In January 2020, Careem's ride-hailing business was acquired by Uber for US$3.1 billion. Since its inception, Careem has worked with more than 30 different charity and development partners, supporting a range of projects. Through company donations and fundraising, Careem has contributed more than US$3.7 million in three years alone to support development, humanitarian, and empowerment initiatives in 10 markets.

  • Organisation type Corporate giving
  • Year founded 2012
  • Headquartered Dubai
  • Registration United Arab Emirates
  • Website


Raised $3.7m

Impacted 100k+ people

Partnered with with 35+ NGOs

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Development
    • Economic development
  • Education
  • Humanitarian
  • Philanthropy

Focus populations

  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Low-income people
  • Migrant workers
  • Refugees and displaced people
  • Working poor

Focus geographies

  • Middle East
    • Iraq
    • Kuwait
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Qatar
    • Iraqi Kurdistan
    • Lebanon
    • Palestine
    • Jordan
  • South Asia
    • Pakistan
    • India


  • Dubai Cares
  • Emirates Red Crescent
  • Gaza Sky Geeks
  • Iraq Builders
  • King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center
  • Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives
  • Qatar Cancer Society
  • Shahid Afridi Foundation
  • SOS Children’s Villages
  • The Citizens' Fund
  • Tkiyet Um Ali
  • World Food Programme (WFP)


Funding model

  • Foundation-administered programme awards
  • Grants to organisations
  • Matching grants
  • Pro bono services
  • Volunteering

Primary funders

  • Careem
  • Public

Funding source

  • Corporate
  • Fundraising


Key staff

  • Mudassir Sheikha, co-founder and CEO
  • Magnus Olsson, co-founder and chief product architect
  • Abdulla Elyas, co-founder
  • Vimbai Midzi, associate director of social impact

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By trailblazing the use of technology to support communities across the region, Careem is proving it is more than the Middle East’s first unicorn. Read more