From left-behind siblings and shisha to the MENAP’s most forgetful cities, here are a few highlights of Uber’s 2019 Lost & Found Index!
March 14, 2019

Qassim in Suadi is the most forgetful city

Uber have released their 2019 Lost & Found Index, and the results are rather insightful.  Providing a glimpse into what riders most commonly forget, the index also lists some of the more surprising items they tend to leave behind. It also highlights which cities are most forgetful, and which days of the week people tend to be most forgetful. So here goes:

The 10 most commonly forgotten items in the Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan, according to the Uber 2019 Lost & Found Index:

  1. Backpacks/bags/folders/box/luggage
  2. Phones and cameras
  3. Clothes
  4. Wallets and purses
  5. Keys
  6. Glasses
  7. Headphones and speakers
  8. Water bottles and thermoses
  9. Phone chargers
  10. Jewelry & makeup

Lost items that peak on certain days: People are most likely to forget clothes on Sunday People are most likely to forget Keys on Mondays People are most likely to forget phones/cameras on Tuesdays and Fridays People are most likely to forget wallets/purses  on Wednesdays and Thursdays People are most likely to forget backpacks and luggage on Saturdays The 20 Most Unique Lost Items:

  1. Pink teddy bear in the backseat
  2. Wedding card invitation
  3. Dokha Set
  4. Shisha
  5. Kids scooter
  6. Family photo
  7. Board game
  8. Binoculars
  9. A sibling!
  10. Concert tickets
  11. Towels
  12. Graduation cap
  13. Platter of eggs
  14. Bag of spices
  15. Stethoscope
  16. Air condition
  17. Baby stroller
  18. Bag of rice!
  19. Flute
  20. Microwave

The 15 Most “Forgetful” cities:

  1. Qassim, KSA
  2. Abu Dhabi, UAE
  3. Madinah, KSA
  4. Eastern Province, KSA
  5. Riyadh, KSA
  6. Dubai, UAE
  7. Jeddah, KSA
  8. Manama, Bahrain
  9. Beirut, Lebanon
  10. Amman, Jordan
  11. Islamabad, Pakistan
  12. Cairo, Egypt
  13. Karachi, Pakistan
  14. Lahore, Pakistan
  15. Hyderabad, Pakistan

Most Forgetful Days / Times: As for the days and times people seem to be most forgetful these tend to be towards the end of the week, as on Wednesdays and Thursdays, between 5pm and 7pm the absent mindedness peaks. While riders across the region are most likely to forget their keys on a Monday, they tend to leave behind their backpacks on a Saturday. So, what specific days were Uber riders most forgetful? In the UAE, the first day of 2019 was when they had the most instances of someone leaving behind something in their Uber, for Saudi Arabia it was the 1st of November 2018, while the largest number of riders in Egypt forgot some item or other on 31st of January 2019.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at:
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