Tuks tuks and motorcycles are very important to travel outside of major cities in Egypt at a lower cost.
The Arab world’s most populous country is home to more than 100 million people, and a small - but disruptive - transport fleet by comparison: 1.5 million motorcycles and 700,000 tuk-tuks that contribute to some of the worst traffic congestion in the world.
That’s where Halan, an app connecting motorcycles and tuk-tuks to Egypt’s underserved communities, comes in.
“It just made a lot of sense to organize a scene that’s so unorganized,” says Mounir Nakhla, Halan’s Founder and Chief Executive. “The problem we were really out to solve was to provide fast, efficient and safe transportation to underserved communities around Egypt.”
The small vehicles are able to navigate narrow bumpy roads and go to the areas where they are needed most.
“We’re penetrating the regions of Egypt where 80 to 90 per cent of the population resides,” Nakhla says.
Halan, Arabic for "immediately", not only helps the underserved population get around, it does so at a much lower cost. A Halan ride is around 17 per cent the cost of a Careem or an Uber car ride in Egypt, and around 30 percent the cost of a Careem Bus or Swvl bus ride, according to Nakhla.
Halan has had nearly 1.8 million downloads and provided close to 20 million rides since its start in November 2017. Just between the last three months of 2018 and the first quarter of this year, the company tripled its number of trips.
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