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Grab to offer Uber services from April 9 in Southeast Asia

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, March 27, 2018  /  02:41 pm
Grab to offer Uber services from April 9 in Southeast Asia

Uber and Grab motorcycle taxi drivers wait for passengers on March 26 at Manggarai Station in Jakarta. Uber services will be available in Indonesia through the Grab ride-hailing app starting April 9. (Reuters/Beawiharta)

Following Singapore-based Grab's acquisition of Uber's operations in Southeast Asia, users in Indonesia will be able to order Uber services through the Grab mobile application starting April 9. 

Uber announced that it would combine its operations with Grab in an email sent out to its users in the region, including Indonesia.

"What this means for you: We will be transitioning our services over to the Grab platform by April 8, 2018, so all requests after that date should be made from the Grab app," the email read, adding that the Uber app could still be used in over 80 countries around the world. 

Ride-hailing and logistics service company Grab announced on Monday that it had acquired Uber's Southeast Asian operations, effectively taking over the US-based firm's activities in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. 

Read also: Grab to offer positions to Uber staff

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in an email to employees, which was shared on the firm's blog, that Uber would receive a 27.5 percent stake in the combined company.

"Around 500 colleagues across the region will transition to Grab, and over the coming weeks we will help our customers move to Grab's apps," Khosrowshahi said in the email.

Uber arrived in Southeast Asia in 2013, landing first in Singapore, where it also established its regional headquarters.

Within a year, Uber arrived in Indonesia to offer ride-hailing services for motorcycle taxis and car services UberPool, UberXL and UberBlack. All Uber services will merge with Grab, reported kompas.com.

Additionally, the new Uber Eats food delivery service in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand will also merge with GrabFood, a Grab food delivery service that is also available in Indonesia and Thailand. (liz/kes)