UAE: Flying Taxis to Cut Abu Dhabi-Dubai Travel to 30 Minutes

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A US-based enterprise is advancing the development of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for the purpose of launching commercial passenger services, aiming to commence operations by either 2025 or early 2026.

Experts in the field predict that the introduction of flying taxis will significantly reduce travel time between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, potentially shortening the journey to a mere 30 minutes. This forecast underscores the UAE's position as a pioneering force in the evolution of urban mobility.

Joby Aviation, the American company spearheading the eVTOL initiative, shared insights on its progress during DRIFTx, an event focused on smart and autonomous mobility and transport, held at the renowned Yas Marina Circuit.

According to an executive from Joby Aviation, their aircraft is poised to enable swift travel between Abu Dhabi and Dubai within a timeframe of 30 to 35 minutes. CEO JoeBen Bevirt expressed admiration for the UAE's proactive approach in establishing infrastructure and certifying autonomous aircraft, citing it as a driving force behind the industry's momentum.

In alignment with their vision, Joby Aviation formalized a partnership with Dubai's Road and Transport Authority (RTA) in February, aiming to inaugurate air taxi services in the Emirate as early as 2026.

Additionally, both Joby and Archer Aviation, another eVTOL developer, have committed to Abu Dhabi's Smart and Autonomous Vehicle Industry (SAVI) cluster, facilitated by the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), underscoring the region's commitment to innovation and collaboration.

Archer Aviation, in particular, has solidified plans to expedite the deployment of commercial air taxi services in the UAE, with its Midnight aircraft slated to take flight as soon as next year. The partnership between Archer and ADIO encompasses various initiatives such as vertiport construction, operational support for air taxi services, and local manufacturing of the Midnight aircraft. This collaboration also prioritizes the development of Emirati talent through workforce programs and the establishment of Archer's international headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

The UAE's ambition to revolutionize urban mobility through the introduction of eVTOL aircraft is underscored by strategic partnerships and proactive initiatives undertaken by companies like Joby Aviation and Archer Aviation, setting the stage for a transformative shift in transportation dynamics within the region.

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