UAE to have air taxis by first quarter of 2026; Reduce travel time by 40%

The arrival of air taxis is likely to create thousands of jobs in the region over the next ten years.

Thanks to the UAE Advanced air mobility (AAM) Thanks to initiatives and certification developments planned for next year, people will soon have the opportunity to avoid traffic and travel across the Emirates, saving 40 percent of their time.

The country is set to witness fully electric air taxis become a reality in the skies of the UAE in the first quarter of 2026.

Shedding light on the advantages of bringing electric aviation to the UAE, Eng. Rubba AbdelalUAE government’s chief specialist and innovative mobility expert, said it will help unblock congestion with zero emissions.

She said,

“The first is time efficiency, so imagine traveling from one point to another without having to deal with traffic congestion or having to deal with intersections and waiting at traffic lights and roundabouts. The movement of people from one place to another within cities will be much easier. “You will save at least 40 percent of your time, which can lead to greater productivity.”

abdelal The innovation highlighted in this sector will also have a positive impact on other sectors.

“Another benefit is connecting to hard-to-reach areas. Importantly, it will also improve emergency response.”

she added.

Political work begins next year

Omran Hassan MalekSenior Policy and Regulation Specialist and Advanced Air Mobility Project Manager at the General Authority of Civil Aviation of the United Arab Emirates, highlighted that the country can expect the arrival of the future of air mobility by the first quarter of 2026.

“After collaborations like the one with Archer we are working and preparing a lot. We are making sure that regulations are in place and that the airspace is ready. “All work will begin from next year until 2026.”

He added,

“We anticipate resistance to introducing something new, especially in the way you get around. “For the first two years you may not see hundreds of planes in the sky, but in the next five years it will definitely be a means of transportation.”

Previously, Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) and Archer, along with several aviation industry leaders in the region such as Falcon Aviation and GAL-AMMROC, joined forces at a signing event to support the introduction of the service Archer’s all-electric air taxi service throughout the UAE. Abu Dhabi has committed to being the inaugural partner, aiming to launch in 2026.

“Creating the entire ecosystem is essential. We are working very closely together with other manufacturers and interested parties. We are coordinating with committees worldwide, in America, Canada and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). “It is a novelty in the market and requires large investments, so several things must be implemented.”

Malec continued.

It will help generate more jobs

Additionally, the arrival of air taxis is likely to attract millions of dollars in foreign direct investment and create thousands of jobs in the region over the next ten years.

Balkiz Sarihansaid the CEO of Airbus Urban Mobility and director of the UAM Airbus,

“There is a new option in which each of us can choose our mobility as the option of the day. This could depend on the distance, the scenario… if we are in a hurry or emergency situation. eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) and advanced air mobility will be another option. It will not replace. Can not. “It will become another transportation option.”

Shedding light on the looming challenges of these vehicles that have unique requirements, Borja Blond CEO – Advanced Air Mobility Operator, saying,

“The authorities are a key actor in moving towards the security of operations. It’s not just about flying, it’s about understanding the entire game. That’s where the real complexity comes in. Maintenance will also need a completely different approach. Furthermore, pilot training is an important aspect (that must be taken into account).”

News Source: Khaleej Times

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