Neha Bhatia: Will smart cities end the trend of individual car-ownership?

The streets of Dubai are abuzz with ride-hailing and -sharing platforms, and industry momentum around delivering future mobility, in line with the requirements of smart cities, has intensified after HE Sultan Al Mansouri, the UAE’s Minister of Economy, approved American giant Uber’s pending acquisition of local car-hailing app Careem in a $3.1bn (AED11.4bn) transaction earlier this month.

Despite the odd traffic jam, I thoroughly enjoy driving and the nitty-gritty of car-ownership. However, the advancements made in the mobility sector over the last few days alone have made me wonder how much longer I will need to own a car for.

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