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Uber gets $3.5 billion USD backing from Saudi Arabia

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Uber will soon receive a $3.5 billion investment from Saudi Arabia after increasing its number of drivers in the Middle East fivefold during the past year, Le Monde reports.

Offering its controversial ride-sharing service in five cities across the country, Uber says 80% of Saudi customers are women, which makes sense since they aren’t allowed to drive. It’s the only nation in the world to impose such a law.

Expanding the Uber service is part of the Saudi Arabia Vision 2030 plan unveiled in April. The goal is to improve access to education and jobs for women.