Singapore based ride-hailing service Grab will now let its users book rides in Pakistan and some other countries.
Grab is expanding its off-country services to Japan and 13 countries in the Middle East. Bookings will be facilitated in Japan through JapanTaxi and via Careem in the Middle East and Pakistan.
Similar to Careem Wallet, users will be able to pay for Grab rides using GrabPay credits and also earn GrabRewards points, likely for future ride concessions. The app will include a variety of local languages for ease of user access.
The list of Pakistani cities covered by Grab includes the same cities that are already covered by Careem and Uber and available through Splyt. These are; Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Multan, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Abbottabad, Sargodha, Mardan, Sukkur, Quetta, and Bahawalpur.
This expansion comes as a result of Grab’s investment in Splyt, which is a London-based mobility marketplace that connects supply and demand for terrestrial transport. Careem, Uber, JapanTaxi and several other ride-hailing companies make use of its services. Through this partnership, Splyt’s network of mobility partners will be available to Grab users visiting the aforementioned countries. The app that will allow its local users to book rides across 13 countries through the Grab app.
Grab will also bring its Customer Experience team on board where users will be able to access local emergency services through the Grab app.
The extended booking service in Pakistan and other countries will be rolled out to Grab’s users from the rest of the countries in 2020.