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Uber Starts Testing its Taxi-Hailing App in Dubai

by Jacob Kleinman | August 28, 2013August 28, 2013 9:30 pm PST

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Fresh off a $258 million investment from Google Ventures, Uber appears set on world domination. Last week, the app-based car service launched in China just as the company was kicking off a huge weekend-long promotion in Brooklyn. Now, Uber is expanding to the Middle East, starting in Dubai.

The quickly-growing company announced the news today on its official blog, describing Dubai as a city full of potential with a growing middle class and thriving tech sector. It sounds like the app is currently working, though the number of cars may be limited for now as testing continues. According to Uber’s blog, however, there’s at least one BMW 7-Series cruising Dubai at the moment. We wouldn’t mind sitting in the back of that for a quick ride.

Uber also managed to score a celebrity promotion from TV host, journalist and author Riz Khan, who used his iPhone to wrangle the company’s first fare in Dubai.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...