Pakistan’s tech industry: A rising powerhouse for Careem Engineering hubs

In the ever-evolving landscape of the global tech industry, Pakistan is emerging as a dynamic force to be reckoned with. Pakistan has the potential to establish itself as the next powerhouse in the world of technology. With its immense talent pool, and strategic government investments, the nation is well positioned to make a profound impact on the regional tech scenario with the amount of startups evolving from Pakistan.

Pakistan’s tech industry has indeed experienced growth, however there is room for much more. In 2018, the IT sector contributed $3.5 billion to the country’s GDP, projected to soar even higher than an astounding $7 billion by 2025. Pakistani government is nurturing the tech sector by introducing initiatives like designing of special technology zones that offer incentives such as like tax breaks, land access, and state-of-the-art infrastructure.

Companies across the globe, especially  Careem, recognize the remarkable mindset and skills of Pakistani tech professionals, turning Pakistan into a prime destination for investment and talent acquisition. From software development to working on artificial intelligence (AI), Pakistani tech talent is undoubtedly driving cutting-edge projects and ground-breaking innovations at Careem.

Historically, we have witnessed that the majority of Pakistan’s talent, mostly tech, end up moving overseas for more lucrative work opportunities. However, another dominant trend that we have witnessed is that more and more homegrown tech companies are choosing to build engineering hubs in countries like Pakistan, Jordan and Egypt, equipping them with the right resources and technologies required to break all barriers.

Careem, being committed to its purpose of simplifying and improving lives of people in the region, is always working towards fuelling innovation through its engineering hubs outside of its Dubai and Berlin locations. These hubs, located across Cairo, Alexandria, Amman, Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad, house over hundreds of  brilliant minds who are pioneering technological breakthroughs to support Careem’s Everything App services. With dozens of open roles and opportunities for collaboration with seasoned leaders with global experience, these  engineering hubs serve as the main muscle  for real-life problem-solving and innovative product creation. Careem’s dedication extends beyond business, aiming to provide meaningful opportunities for talent to contribute to regional development and catalyse positive change across Pakistan.

Careem has also been focusing on fresh college graduates and developed a ‘Next Gen’ programme that offers valuable learning and employment prospects for young, ambitious engineers throughout the region. Next Gen engineers collaborate with the most senior technical experts in the organisation and gain hands-on experience.

The creation of more engineering roles in Pakistan is important in ensuring ‘brain gain’. Careem investment in tech hubs in Pakistan also creates opportunities for meaningful engagement and aligns with the number 1 pillar of Digital Pakistan Vision 2025, ‘putting people first – developing human and social capital’.

As Careem continues to grow and innovate, it remains dedicated to solving local problems and at the same time addressing the security and scalability challenges associated with an expansive ecosystem. The ever growing teams of engineers, along with cross-functional industry and Pakistani academia collaboration, is committed to delivering secure and scalable solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers and the organisation as a whole.

About Khurram Naseem:

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Khurram Naseem is currently serving as the Senior Director of Engineering at Careem and has been associated with the company for almost 7 years. Khurram has over 24+ years of experience in Database Design & Administration.

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