Ras Al Khaimah to launch air taxi services by 2027

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An aerial view of Ras Al Khaimah.

Ras Al Khaimah is set to start commercial operations of air taxis by 2027, with a deal signed recently to develop skyports connecting various attractions in the emirate.

A memorandum of understanding was signed by Ras Al Khaimah Transport Authority, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority and Skyports to develop a network of skyports or vertiports in the emirate.

“This partnership marks a pivotal moment in our efforts to revolutionise transportation in Ras Al Khaimah. By introducing electric air mobility, we’re not just connecting tourists to our attractions, we’re forging a sustainable path forward for our emirate,” said Esmaeel Hasan Al Blooshi, Director General of RAKTA.

The network will connect key tourist attractions, including Al Marjan Island, Al Hamra and Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest peak.

Tourists and residents visiting these iconic sites will be able to save travel time, from 70 minutes by car from Al Marjan Island to Jebel Jais, to just less than 20 minutes on an air taxi.

The vertiport network will transform transportation in Ras Al Khaimah and support its objective of responsibly driving 3.5 million visitors annually by 2030.

“In the next two years, we aim to build the infrastructure and facilities for an electric-powered transit system that will redefine the way tourists experience Ras Al Khaimah. This collaboration also perfectly aligns with our commitment to sustainable tourism. By introducing electric air mobility, we not only enhance accessibility to Ras Al Khaimah’s attractions but also significantly reduce our carbon footprint,” said Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority. ICA/Expat Media

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