Flying taxis will take off in Dubai by 2026, according to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). Dubai is set to become the first city in the world with a commercial, city-wide electric aerial taxi service and vertiport network.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, together with Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, and Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority witnessed the signing of an agreement to launch an aerial taxi service in Dubai by 2026.
Flying taxis in Dubai
The Agreement was signed ahead of the World Governments Summit (WGS) by RTA with the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Joby Aviation (Joby), the world leader in aerial taxi development, and Skyports Infrastructure (Skyports), the leading vertiport infrastructure provider for the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, accompanied by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also reviewed the Joby Aviation S4 Aerial taxi, which is scheduled for commercial operations in 2026.
.@rta_dubai signs agreement with @gcaauae, @DcaaDubai, @Skyports_Infra and @jobyaviation, as #Dubai looks set to become world’s first city with a commercial, city-wide aerial taxi service. pic.twitter.com/WKDftXtzcz— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) February 11, 2024
The project is part of RTA’s future mobility initiatives, aimed at providing transportation services for both Dubai residents and visitors.
Sheikh Mohammed was briefed by Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, about the progress of the aerial taxi operations.
This innovative transportation service uses cutting-edge technology to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of individuals within urban areas.
The initiative aims to integrate with Dubai’s public transport network.
The Joby Aviation S4 is designed to accommodate four passengers plus the pilot safely and securely.