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Snapp: how Tehran's answer to Uber is changing how people travel, and live

Users can enjoy a low-cost ride without having to share their taxi but the app is also challenging Iranian notions of customer service and even female employment

In Tehran’s chaotic metropolis, sharing taxis is the norm. But darbast, meaning literally “door-closed”, is the word to shout if you want one exclusively for yourself.

That long-standing tradition is now giving way to its modern substitute: Snapp, Iran’s version of Uber, which is also offering something unique – a fleet of female drivers for women and children.

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