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By 2026, Dubai wants to launch its first flying taxi

The first city in the world to have a fully constructed network of vertiports for ongoing air taxi services will be Emirate


Dubai, a futuristic city-state on the Arabian Peninsula, is once more preparing for the introduction of flying taxis, providing its firmest information to yet on Monday for a promised launch by 2026. Since 2017, the commercial centre of the United Arab Emirates has made promises to introduce flying taxis to the city. Which is already home to the tallest structure in the world as well as other architectural marvels. The World Government Summit in Dubai, whose 2018 iteration started on Monday, has seen a number of different types of organisations and businesses go through those commitments as well.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The ruler of Dubai, tweeted on Sunday that the flying taxi programme has been restarted. This time, Dubai showcased the Joby Aviation six-rotor electric flying taxi.

Design Endorsed

In accordance with the emirate’s goal to have air taxis take off by 2026. Walker’s statement at the Dubai World Congress for Self-Driving Transport. Hosted by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), was well-timed. The World Government Summit in Dubai back in February of this year approved the development of Skyports Infrastructure’s vertiport design.

His Majesty Mattar Al Tayer, RTA director general and chairman of the board of executive directors, demonstrated a vertiport model to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, crown prince of Dubai.

The flying taxi vertiport will initially run to and from vertiport stations in Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Downtown, and Dubai Marina, with its main hub being positioned close to Dubai International Airport (DXB).

Aerial Time

Aerial taxis will have a top speed of 300 kph and a maximum range of 241 km, according to a previous announcement. It can accommodate up to four people and a pilot. Walker told the audience and transport experts on Wednesday that the flying taxi will reduce the typical travel time from DXB to Palm Jumeirah during rush hour from 45 minutes to six minutes, plus an additional 10 minutes at the vertiport.

In addition to saving time compared to land transportation, he continued, flying taxis will also offer several advantages. Aerial taxis will lessen congestion on the ground and have a zero carbon operational purpose.



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