Reads on wheels... you can get books delivered for free in Dubai
Tiny bookworms rejoice – getting your hands on a hot read just got a little easier.
Sometimes nothing beats curling up with a good book – and there’s currently no time like the present to do just that.
In honour of the Month of Reading, you can now get books delivered (and picked up) from your home for free until October 31.
It’s an initiative by education regulator Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and e-hail limo firm Careem, and goes by the name Careads.
The only thing is it’s a programme designed for kids, so if you’re after the latest best-selling psychological thriller, best stick to your Kindle.
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The vehicles carry a range of books for younger and older children in both Arabic and English.
“Creating Careads is an initiative that we are proud to launch with KHDA and is totally in line with Careem’s mission which aims to simplify people’s lives,” said Aura Lunde, Careem’s UAE general manager. “We care about our community and are always on the lookout for partnerships that impact the community in a positive manner.”
Parents can order the books through the Careem app (just select CaReads from the car type options) for delivery between 3pm and 7pm, and then arrange to have them picked back up at a later date.
There’s also something else you can order on the app…
You’ll soon be able to order RTA vehicles using the Careem app after the two signed a partnership this week.
That means all of the RTA’s 9,841 taxis and 4,700 limousines will be available on the online booking platform, along with Careem’s pre-existing range of limousines and economy cars.
The app, which is a locally-based answer to Uber, lets customers pay via card, cash or credits – meaning there’s an end in sight to taxi drivers’ lack of change.
According to a statement released by the Dubai Media Office, this agreement is part of the RTA’s plan to build an “integrated mobility platform”.
Basically, the authority want to create one app where you’ll be able to arrange a whole bunch of travel – from the metro, tram, buses and marine transport to Palm Monorail and Dubai Trolley.