Beyond this upcoming closure however, Uber will also be laying off about 3,000 more people globally and halt some of its investments that are unrelated to its core businesses of ride-hailing and delivery.
Fast forward to today (May 19), Uber announced that it will be moving out of its APAC headquarters in Singapore within the next 12 months as its business has been badly impacted by the Covid-19 virus outbreak.
Uber clarified then that “Singapore is a non-operational market” for them, and that the hub manages operations in nine regional countries, including Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India and Australia.
Back in 2018 when Uber merged with its rival Grab, Singaporeans thought that its chapter in Singapore has closed for good.
“Given the dramatic impact of the pandemic, and the unpredictable nature of any eventual recovery, we are concentrating our efforts on our core mobility and delivery platforms and resizing our company to match the realities of our business,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber.