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Sanctions have helped make Snapp the most popular ride-hailing platform in Iran

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Founded in 2014, Snapp, the Uber of Iran, grew to become the most popular ride-hailing platform in the country, with five million registered users.

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Snapp has 100,000 drivers in four cities, including Tehran, and it plans to expand to a fifth in September.

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The sanctions against Iran have, in a way, helped startups like Snapp. Even though they hurt the economy, they also protect businesses from foreign competition.

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That has helped Iran develop a thriving startup scene. It has e-commerce sites like Digikala, food-ordering apps like Zoodfood, and hotel booking sites like Pintapin.

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Like Uber, Snapp is fast to order, cheaper than traditional ride services, and hated by taxi drivers and agencies.

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But unlike Uber, Snapp has a service that can be ordered by women, called Snapp Rose, with female drivers only.

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Also unlike Uber, riders use money or local bank cards, because the sanctions block international bank card companies from operating in Iran.

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