Dubai, UAE – Get ready to take flight with Joby Aviation, Inc., as they gear up to introduce their cutting-edge air taxi services to the skies of the Emirates by early 2026, with plans for initial operations as soon as 2025.
Exclusive Partnership with Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority
In a groundbreaking move announced at the prestigious World Governments Summit in Dubai, Joby Aviation has inked a definitive agreement with Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA), under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai. This landmark deal grants Joby exclusive rights to operate air taxis in Dubai for a six-year period. This strategic collaboration aims to position Dubai as a global frontrunner in offering rapid, eco-friendly, and serene air travel made possible by Joby’s innovative technology.
Setting the Stage for Elevated Travel
Founder and CEO of Joby Aviation, JoeBen Bevirt, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “Partnering with the government of Dubai is a privilege and an opportunity to showcase the immense benefits of sustainable air travel on a global scale. This agreement marks a significant step forward, combining operational clarity, robust infrastructure, and a pioneering aircraft poised to redefine travel experiences.”
His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors for RTA, highlighted the significance of this collaboration in embracing futuristic transportation solutions. He emphasized how the air taxi service will provide a novel and efficient mobility option for Dubai’s residents and visitors, promising swift, safe, and convenient travel to key destinations. This service is poised to enhance the city’s connectivity and streamline passenger experiences.
Designing the Future Skyports
In tandem with this initiative, Joby has partnered with Skyports to establish four initial vertiport sites across Dubai. These sites, strategically located at Dubai International Airport (DXB), Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, and Dubai Downtown, will serve as launch pads for Dubai’s air taxi service, ushering in a new era of urban air mobility.
Faster, Greener, Smoother Journeys
Joby’s state-of-the-art aircraft, showcased for the first time at the World Governments Summit, is designed to accommodate a pilot and four passengers, cruising at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. A journey from Dubai International Airport to Palm Jumeirah, which typically takes 45 minutes by car, will be slashed to a mere 10 minutes, revolutionizing travel times and urban mobility.
Safety First: Regulatory Support
Joby and its partners have been working closely with the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the UAE to ensure adherence to rigorous safety standards. The regulatory framework, built upon FAA standards, incorporates comprehensive company testing, regulator oversight, and ongoing operational reviews to ensure the safety of early operations.
Charting the Path Forward
Looking ahead, Joby, RTA, and Skyports are focused on various aspects, from designing customer-centric journeys to integrating Joby’s services seamlessly into Dubai’s public transport network. Joby has also established a local operating entity and is committed to recruiting locally for its operational team, fostering economic growth and job opportunities in the region.
Embracing Innovation Across the UAE
Beyond Dubai, Joby is exploring broader operations across the UAE, as evidenced by its participation in the Smart and Autonomous Vehicle Industry (SAVI) cluster established by the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO). This strategic move underscores Joby’s commitment to advancing innovative transportation solutions nationwide.
From New York City to Dubai: Joby’s Journey
Building on its successes, including becoming the first electric air taxi to fly in New York City and the launch of production at its California facility, Joby continues to pave the way for the future of air travel. With investments from industry giants like Toyota, Delta Air Lines, and Uber, Joby is poised to redefine urban mobility on a global scale.
As Joby prepares to take to the skies of Dubai, the stage is set for a transformative leap in urban transportation. With its commitment to sustainability, innovation, and safety, Joby is poised to revolutionize the way we travel, offering a glimpse into a future where the skies are not just a dream but a reality. Get ready to soar with Joby, as we embark on a journey towards a greener, faster, and more connected tomorrow.