Dubai’s RTA to launch aerial taxis in 2026

Dubai’s RTA to launch aerial taxis in 2026

The models were displayed at the RTA stand during this year’s World Government Summit

Following the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA)’s approval of the aerial taxi vertiports, Dubai is expected to launch operations by 2026. 

The initial network of vertiports will connect four main areas of Dubai: Downtown Dubai (Burj Khalifa area), Dubai Marina, Dubai International Airport and Palm Jumeirah.

Aerial taxis have the capability to takeoff and land vertically and are sustainable, eco-friendly vehicles powered by electricity, emitting zero harmful pollutants to the environment. With a range of 241.4km and a top speed of 300km per hour, the aerial taxi can accommodate up to four passengers plus a driver.


RTA, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors Mattar Al Tayer said: “The initial phase encompasses choosing both manufacturers and operators based on their technology and timeline, as well as determining the sites for vertiport installations. The next step involves identifying exceptional investors who are experts in building the necessary infrastructure for the air mobility industry."

“Vertiports embody a revolutionary form of infrastructure that encompasses a range of facilities such as designated take-off and landing zones, a passenger waiting area, security protocols, and electric charging stations," explained Al Tayer. "These stations seamlessly integrate with other modes of transportation.”

The vertiport boasts a contemporary design that complements the futuristic appearance and charm of Dubai. The structure comprises four stands for aerial taxis and two landing areas, optimising its operational efficiency and maximising the utilisation of the station.

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Al Tayer added: “The RTA’s aerial taxi initiative aligns with the Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy, aimed at transforming 25% of total mobility journeys in Dubai into driverless journeys by 2030. The RTA is working closely with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, General Civil Aviation Authority and Dubai Air Navigation Services to create a one-of-a-kind comprehensive framework for the operation of such vehicles in Dubai. This includes the development of legislation and setting clear specifications and standards for vehicle operators. 

"RTA, in collaboration with its strategic partners, outlines the flight paths for the vehicles, identifies take-off and landing sites, and specifies the necessary equipment for safe and efficient operations.”

HH Sheikh Mohammed approved the prototype design of the first aerial taxi vertiport to be located near the Dubai International Airport, which will be integrated with various modes of public transport.

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