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1:00 AM 20th May 2024

Sky’s The Limit For Ras Al Khaimah

Skyports Infrastructure
Skyports Infrastructure
Ras Al Khaima, in the United Arab Emirates, is set to build one of the first vertiport networks in the world to support electric air taxi services, promising to connect a series of major tourist attractions including Al Marjan Island, Al Hamra and Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest peak.

The initiative will be driven forward by the Ras Al Khaimah Transport Authority (RAKTA) and the Emirate’s Tourism Development Authority (RAKDA), alongside partner Skyports. The aim is to introduce sustainable air transport by 2027.

Marking the beginning of an partnership that will pioneer sustainable tourism through electric air mobility, the project will see Skyports develop a network of vertiports to connect key attractions across Ras Al Khaimah – billed as the Nature Emirate - propelling the Emirate as a destination of the future and aligning with RAKTA’s Strategic Plan 2030.

As part of a Memorandum of Understanding RAKTA, RAKTDA and Skyports will collaboratively design, develop, and operate Ras Al Khaimah's first electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi ecosystem, with commercial operations set to commence by 2027.

The innovative project will seamlessly integrate Skyports’ vertiport infrastructure with RAKTA's existing transport network, providing fast and convenient zero-emission transport to Ras Al Khaimah's most popular areas and attractions, including Al Marjan Island, Al Hamra and Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest peak.

Tourists and residents visiting these iconic sites will experience substantial time savings from the service. For example, travelling from Al Marjan Island to Jebel Jais takes approximately 70 minutes by car. The launch of air taxi services will cut the journey time to less than 20 minutes.

RAK Skyports Memorandum of Understanding
RAK Skyports Memorandum of Understanding
The vertiport network will transform transportation in Ras Al Khaimah and support its objective of responsibly driving 3.5 million visitors annually by 2030. By providing zero-emission transportation options, the Emirate is reinforcing its commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable development.