An air taxi at World Governments Summit in Dubai on Sunday Image Credit: X/@DXBMediaOffice

Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Sunday attended the agreement signing of the launch of the air taxi service in the emirate by 2026.

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The signing took place on Day 0 of the World Governments Summit.

Under the agreement, Dubai will be the first city in the world with a fully-developed network of ‘vertiports’ for permanent air taxi services by 2026 via electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

The agreement was signed by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)and Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), and the British Skyports Infrastructure and the US Joby Aviation, on the sidelines of the World Government Summit.

Four vertiports

The inaugural phase of the air taxi service encompasses four vertiport stations situated near key locations such as Dubai International Airport, Dubai Downtown, Dubai Marina, and Palm Jumeirah. Notably, the journey from Dubai International Airport to Palm Jumeirah is anticipated to be a mere 10-minute flight, a significant reduction from the 45-minute commute.

The initial phase of Joby aerial taxi service in Dubai will be launched at four prime locations: near Dubai International Airport, the Downtown area, Dubai Marina, and Palm Jumeirah. The new service will reduce travel time from DXB to Palm Jumeirah from 45 minutes to just 10.