Ride-hailing companies Uber and Careem have abruptly suspended services in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, after 50 drivers were reportedly arrested

Popular ride-hailing services Uber and rival Careem have abruptly halted services in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates UAE since Saturday 27 August after drivers were reportedly arrested by authorities.

Citing "an operations manager whose company provides limousine services to Uber and Careem", Emirates newspaper The National reported around 50 drivers were arrested over the weekend.

"One of our drivers was put in jail at the weekend and it's happened with loads of drivers from other limousine companies as well," the manager said.

We haven't been able to see them or speak to them yet."

Both Uber and Careem, which were launched in Abu Dhabi in 2013, have said that their services in neighbouring tourist hotspot and commercial hub Dubai have not been suspended.

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