Bahraini minister calls for boycott of Uber over Khashoggi case - DailySabah
With growing outrage over the disappearance of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Bahrain's foreign minister called for a boycott of the popular ride-hailing company Uber Technologies after the company's CEO said he will not attend a business conference in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund, which hosts the conference, invested $3.5 billion in Uber in 2016, making it one of the company's largest investors. Other companies and high-profile businessmen have pulled out of the three-day conference known as "Davos in the desert," which is scheduled to begin on Oct. 23 in Riyadh. Foreign minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa tweeted two hashtags calling for a boycott of Uber in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, as well as a broader hashtag urging followers to "boycott anyone who boycotts Saudi Arabia." "Now it is time for GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) to prove their loyalty by boycotting Virgin and Uber and all the companies pulling out of KSA... Together we can prove our unity and that we cannot be bullied," he said in a Twitter post.