Dubai approves Skyports Infrastructure’s vertiport designs for urban air mobility

Skyports Infrastructure has received approval for its vertiport design from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the World Government Summit 2023 in Dubai. The vertiport network is aimed to develop a comprehensive infrastructure network for advanced air mobility in Dubai, and the plans were jointly presented by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Skyports Infrastructure, and Joby Aviation at a closed presentation ahead of the summit. The vision includes plans for four vertiport sites near popular and populous areas, including Dubai International Airport, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Downtown, and Dubai Marina. These sites aim to provide high-speed and zero-emissions connectivity, while integrating with existing transportation options, including the Dubai Metro network and Dubai International Airport.

An architectural model of the vertiport near Dubai International Airport was presented to the special delegation by RTA Chairman, His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer. Joby Aviation, a pioneer of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, also participated in the summit, promoting the opportunities for aerial mobility in Dubai.

The joint collaboration between Skyports Infrastructure and the RTA aims to formulate a comprehensive vertiport network in Dubai for launch by 2026. This plan for aerial taxis is in line with the Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy, which aims to make 25% of all trips in Dubai driverless by 2030. The project aims to roll out a new mobility service driven by pioneering technology to ease the mobility of individuals across urban areas in a safe, smooth, and sustainable manner integrated with the public transport network in Dubai. The service is set to be operational by 2026, and the approval of the vertiport design is a significant milestone for this ambitious project.

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