Grab, the leading super app in Southeast Asia, officially launched its new headquarters (HQ) in Singapore today (August 11). This is their second headquarters in the region, after another in Jakarta, Indonesia, serving as Grab’s regional innovation hub for small businesses.
Located in the business district on one North side, this new nine-story facility spans more than 42,000 square metres. The building houses about 3,000 Grabbers, including the newly formed digibank group. It also has an R&D Center, as well as its first GrabMerchant Center.
“It seems like just yesterday, our original Grab team and I worked in the driver’s office in a car rental office. At the time, our v1 app only did one thing – book a ride. It doesn’t even give an expected arrival time or offer cashless payments, which are features we take for granted now,” said Anthony Tan, Group Co-Founder and CEO. of Grab said at its opening event today.
“We would never have imagined that one day we would have our own campus in the technology hub of Singapore, having an R&D team developing hyper-local solutions to solve real-world problems. for Southeast Asia. I am grateful to the private sector and government partners, as well as our Grabbers, for working hard to make this campus a reality. “
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Lawrence Wong, who organized the event, commented that Grab’s journey over the past decade has been truly an inspiring one. Just like the story of Singapore, Grab applies a similar story – an “underdog”. [that succeeds] against all odds and [make] the impossible can happen. “
Grab had humble beginnings and has successfully grown “from nothing” into a technology giant, confronting and overcoming challenges along the way.
“Ten years ago, most of us used our phones to talk, maybe to search the internet, but certainly not to buy goods and services. [Grab] had to convince both motorists and motorists to use a new platform that no one had ever heard of. And [it] DPM Wong said.
“But like Singapore, Grab has solved it [its] confrontation challenge – [it] convert vulnerabilities into opportunities. And like Singapore, Grab survives and prospers thanks to the bravery, ingenuity and hard work of its people. That’s why today, Grab has grown from a small ride-hailing platform to a leading super app in Southeast Asia. “
Photos inside Grab office
What’s next for Grab?
Grab started out as a mere ride-hailing company, but since then, Grab has expanded its offerings to include multiple verticals, including delivery and financial services.
Today, it is present in 480 cities in eight countries across Southeast Asia, with millions of users.
Last month on July 4, Grab achieved its 10 billionth journey, becoming “the happy confluence of serving 10 billion rides and orders in 10 years”. It’s a major milestone for the company, which Tan feels is only possible with the “unwavering trust, cooperation and support” of everyone.
The latest announcement of Grab’s Singapore headquarters is another major milestone the company is proud of, and it’s testament to how far they’ve come over the past decade.
As it seeks to leverage its strong local tech workforce, Grab is also actively recruiting across the company – a constant effort on its part.
“Together, let us continue to make good use of technology and create opportunities for all to thrive in this digital economy, to shape a better and more sustainable Southeast Asia. ,” Tan summed up in his opening remarks.
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