Uber delivered Christmas trees on demand within three minutes.
The Christmas season is back in Dubai, and so is UberTREE. Dubai resident Aref Yehia got a Christmas tree just three minutes after he had ordered it.
Uber offered to deliver Christmas trees on demand Sunday through its mobile app. The Sunday offer was valid between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. through the mobile app only.
"I literally clicked on the app at 2pm and within three minutes you guys turned up," The Khaleej Times quoted Yehia as saying. "Just the smell of the tree is already getting me in the Christmas spirit."
One of Yehia’s friends recommended Uber to him. It was the first time he tried Uber. Recently back from the U.K., Yehia said the London Christmas lights brought the festive mood to him.
Uber, in collaboration with Oleander, offers to deliver a “beautiful, live 2 – 2.5 meters Fraser Fir.” A UberTREE with a tree stand costs less than 50 percent of retail price at AED300 (around $82), according to the official Website.
This is the second consecutive year for Uber to partner with Oleander to deliver Christmas trees to Dubai residents. U.K.-born Sarah Vela too got one within 20 minutes.
“We always get a real tree every year, but this is a fantastic fuss-free option ... and what a fantastic price, too," she said. I think everyone was on it at once because who doesn't want a real Christmas tree this time of year."
While the United Arab Emirates is an Islamic country, there is a policy of tolerance toward non-Muslim religious groups in the country. The UAE government hardly interferes with non-Muslim religious practices like the Christmas tree. However, public distribution of non-Islamic religious literature is prohibited.
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