As the 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Qatar, fans from around the globe gather once again for one of the world’s most anticipated sports events. Wer2, a Doha-based micro-mobility startup, is rising to the challenge of local transportation needs among the sudden inflow of international visitors.
Founded in 2020, Wer2 is bringing its shared e-scooters to the World Cup’s main hubs, stadiums, and fan zones, where transportation options may become limited as crowds gather. According to Wer2’s operating team, over 700 smart, shared e-scooters have been deployed to accommodate urban transportation needs. FIFA estimates that over 1.2 million fans will travel to Qatar for the World Cup.
Wer2’s scooters are powered by the Max-Plus model from Segway, a global leader in e-scooter design and manufacturing. The Max-Plus offers riders a safe and comfortable experience, meanwhile enabling shared fleet operators to maximize security and efficiency, thanks to the e-scooter’s integrated IoT (Internet of Things) technologies.
Hamed Al Hababi,CEO of Wer2 is confident in the future of shared micro-mobility in Qatar and the broader Gulf region. “The World Cup brings a great opportunity for us to demonstrate the viability of a last-mile alternative to the current transportation options that congest and pollute our cities,” says Hamed Al Hababi. “Wer2’s partnership with Segway is a cornerstone of our strategy, thanks to the vehicles’ reliability and smart features that allow us to innovate and scale.”
Alan Zhao, Director of the Commercial Mobility Business Division at Segway-Ninebot, shares Wer2’s excitement. “Segway is proud to be part of the World Cup experience for Wer2’s riders – who we are sure will enjoy this convenient, fun, and environmentally-friendly mode of transportation.”
The collaboration between Wer2 and Segway began in 2020. Both companies see tremendous potential for shared micro-mobility in Qatar and the broader Gulf region.