Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Timeline: Planned – to be launched within two to five years; funds have been committed and key industry partners identified

Initial routes to be based in the Atlantis, The Palm

Programme description

As part of the wider GCAA policy – see United Arab Emirates – Dubai has launched its “Dubai Sky Dome” initiative. This is creating a virtual airspace for unmanned aircraft capable of executing a host of functions from delivering goods, monitoring traffic and providing air taxi services. The network will include drone take off and landing areas and vertiports, equipped with maintenance, operational and freight facilities.

In 2017 the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) signed an agreement with Volocopter to test fly an eVTOL in the city.

Meanwhile, Eve and Falcon Aviation Services have signed a letter of intent for up to 35 eVTOL aircraft, with deliveries expected to start in 2026. The partnership will introduce the first eVTOL tourist flights from the Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai.

Eve has also partnered with Porsche Consulting to define an eVTOL global manufacturing, logistics and supply chain strategy and with FBO Jetex. Jetex and Eve will “explore the possibilities to develop UAM infrastructure in various locations, map potential operations in different environments and their efficient integration.”