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Gautam Adani meets Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, hint at possible future collaborations

While both Adani and Khosrowshahi have not disclosed where they could join hands, observers said it is most likely to be in the conglomerate’s airport business and in Adani One, its travel booking app

Our Special Correspondent Mumbai Published 25.02.24, 10:56 AM
Gautam Adani (right) with Dara Khosrowshahi on Saturday.

Gautam Adani (right) with Dara Khosrowshahi on Saturday. PTI

Billionaire Gautam Adani on Saturday met Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who is currently on a visit to India, and hinted at possible future collaborations between his conglomerate and the ride-hailing app.

Taking to X, both business leaders appreciated their conversation on the Indian growth story and their vision for the subcontinent.

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“Absolutely captivating chat with @dkhos, CEO of @Uber. His vision for Uber’s expansion in India is truly inspiring, especially his commitment to uplifting Indian drivers and their dignity. Excited for future collaborations with Dara and his team! #UberIndia,” Adani said in a post on X.

Adani also posted pictures of the meeting but the two did not say where the meeting took place. The pictures seem to suggest the meeting took place at the Adani group’s headquarters in Ahmedabad.

“An absolutely terrific conversation with @gautam_adani over delicious breakfast about India’s phenomenal growth and rising entrepreneurship. @Uber is committed to scaling up shared mobility and accelerating transition to EVs — looking forward to take our partnership to the next level,’’ the Uber CEO said.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who visited India earlier this month, is believed to have also met Adani during his stay in the country.

In India, Uber competes with Bhavish Aggarwal-led Ola, which is now betting heavily on electric vehicles and is set for an IPO of Ola Electric.

While both Adani and Khosrowshahi have not disclosed where they could join hands, observers said it is most likely to be in the conglomerate’s airport business and in Adani One, its travel booking app.

While the group runs 8 airports, including the upcoming Navi Mumbai airport, there is a possibility that Uber could be chosen as the preferred partner on its app for those travel ling to or from the airport. The Adani One app has a cab booking section.

Khosrowshahi also met Infosys chairman Nandan Nilekani at an event in Bangalore. In Delhi, he met commerce minister Piyush Goyal.

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