DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The Saudi Telecom Co. has bought a 10-percent stake in the ride-hailing app Careem, which is a Mideast competitor of Uber.
The largely state-owned communication firm announced Sunday in a stock exchange filing it bought the stake for $100 million.
Saudi Telecom Co. said the purchase is "in line with the company strategy to invest in the innovative digital world."
Dubai-based Careem, which began operations in July 2012, operates in 27 cities across the Mideast.
This is yet another big investment in ride-hailing apps for Saudi Arabia, an ultraconservative Sunni-ruled kingdom where women are not allowed to drive.
In June, the oil-rich nation's sovereign investment fund announced it would invest $3.5 billion into San Francisco-based Uber. Uber has said 80 percent of its passengers in Saudi Arabia are women.