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Dubai Announces the Launch of the Revolutionary Aerial Taxi Service by 2026

The UAE has finalized the agreement to launch a city-wide electric aerial taxi service in Dubai by 2026, setting a worldwide model for commercial aerial mobility with an extensive network of vertiports.

Tue, Feb 13, 2024 2:00pmGrey Clock 2 min

As per the agreement, the UAE’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will oversee services associated with advanced air mobility, while Joby is set to provide an aerial ridesharing service, and Skyports will exclusively handle the design, construction, and operation of a network of vertiports.

The vertiports will feature a three-story parking structure, with the top level dedicated to the vertiport terminal and airfield for the air taxis, linked directly to the Emirates Metro Station to promote seamless multimodal transport.

The agreement also involves collaboration with the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Dubai Air Navigation Services Corporation (DANS), and other key bodies to frame the legislative and operational groundwork for the service.

The signing, attended by prominent figures including Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, preceded the World Governments Summit (WGS).

The Joby Aviation S4 features:

The Joby Aviation S4 Aerial Taxi is a key component of the RTA vision for future mobility. It features cutting-edge technology for safe and efficient urban travel, aiming for full integration with Dubai’s existing public transport systems. It’s designed to carry four passengers and a pilot, the Joby Aviation S4 boasts six propellers and four battery packs, promising a unique travel experience.

The Joby S4 offers a remarkable range of up to 161 kilometres and speeds reaching 321 kilometres per hour, surpassing helicopters in quietness. Its vertical take-off and landing abilities are ideal for the urban landscape, requiring less space than traditional stations.

The service is set to commence from four strategic locations around Dubai, including Dubai International Airport, Downtown, Dubai Marina, and Palm Jumeirah. And a flight from Dubai International Airport to Palm Jumeirah via aerial taxi, for example, will cut travel time to just 10 minutes, a significant reduction from the current 45-minute car journey.

Besides all the other advantages, the Joby S4 also offers environmental benefits, including lower noise levels and zero emissions.



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UAE Initiates State-Owned EV Charging Initiative to Boost Electric Vehicle Acceptance

The United Arab Emirates is improving its electric vehicle infrastructure with a new government-owned EV charging network.

Wed, May 22, 2024 2 min

The UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI) alongside Etihad Water and Electricity (Etihad WE) have collaborated to form UAEV, a new joint venture aimed at strengthening the electric vehicle (EV) charging framework throughout the UAE. This venture is the first EV charging network entirely owned by the government, aimed at broadening access to EV charging facilities across the country.

The project seeks to revolutionize the UAE’s transport sector by enabling broader adoption of EVs via a robust and widespread charging infrastructure. This initiative is expected to strengthen communities, generate employment, and promote eco-friendly transportation options.

Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, said: “UAEV embodies the power of partnership between government and industry, and aims to provide vital electric vehicle infrastructure to boost adoption of EVs, energize communities, and unleash the economic potential of the UAE.

“We hope that this partnership will further accelerate the transition to cleaner transportation and significantly reduce emissions from the transportation sector, thereby helping to bring our Net Zero 2050 Strategy within reach.”

Sharif Al Olama, who has been appointed Chairman of UAEV, said: “In 2023, we saw a rise in EV adoption in the UAE. By expanding our EV infrastructure, we ensure the country is equipped to support those who have already purchased an EV and make the prospect of switching to EV attractive.

“Together, MoEI and Etihad WE form a powerful force that can help future-proof the UAE and achieve the twin objectives of economic growth and climate action, which underpin UAEV.”

The UAEV is also a perfect platform for Etihad WE, the largest employer in the Northern Emirates and a company with a customer base of over 2 million households, to use its core competency and enhance its product offering.

Yousif Ahmed Al Ali, CEO of Etihad Water and Electricity and Board Member of UAEV, explained: “It is part of a deliberate strategy to diversify our operations, using the knowledge and experience acquired from our role as long-standing pioneers in the energy sector, to explore new products, services, projects, and investments which will benefit our customers.

“UAEV charging infrastructure will contribute to the modernization of the UAE’s transport network, help energize communities by creating new jobs, and empower our customers to make more sustainable choices.”

 

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