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Dubai one step closer to welcoming “flying taxis” by 2026

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has approved the prototype designs of aerial taxi vertiports developed by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) according to the Gulf News website.

The Gulf News reports further that “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.

“The vertiport models are on display at RTA’s stand at the World Government Summit 2023.  During his visit to the stand, Sheikh Mohammed was briefed about potential partners identified by the RTA to operate and invest in the infrastructure required to complete the aerial taxi project successfully.

“Sheikh Mohammed approved the prototype design of the first aerial taxi vertiport to be located near the Dubai International Airport, which will be seamlessly integrated with various modes of mass transportation. The vertiport comprises a structure that features two levels for car parking. The topmost roof serves as the terminal for aerial taxis, which will be connected to the Emirates Metro Station via an air-conditioned bridge.”

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