Revolutionising Ras Al Khaimah: Electric Air Mobility Partnership

Ras Al Khaimah is embarking on a transformative journey in tourism and transportation through a groundbreaking partnership between the Ras Al Khaimah Transport Authority (RAKTA), Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), and Skyports Infrastructure.

This innovative collaboration is set to revolutionize the Emirate’s tourism landscape, positioning it as a leading destination for sustainable travel.

This groundbreaking agreement heralds the dawn of an innovative partnership poised to drive sustainable tourism through electric air mobility, with the central aim of propelling Ras Al Khaimah into the echelons of futuristic destinations, in line with RAKTA’s Strategic Plan 2030.

A Visionary Alliance for Sustainable Tourism

Under the terms of this strategic accord, RAKTA, RAKTDA, and Skyports will collaboratively spearhead the design, development, and operation of Ras Al Khaimah’s inaugural electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi ecosystem, slated to commence commercial operations by 2027.

Revolutionising Ras Al Khaimah: Electric Air Mobility Partnership

This visionary endeavour will seamlessly integrate Skyports’ cutting-edge vertiport infrastructure with RAKTA’s existing transport grid, furnishing swift and eco-friendly transport solutions to Ras Al Khaimah’s prime locales and attractions, such as Al Marjan Island, Al Hamra, and Jebel Jais, the loftiest summit in the UAE.

Visitors and residents traversing these iconic sites will relish substantial time savings, with the journey from Al Marjan Island to Jebel Jais, for instance, condensed from approximately 70 minutes by car to less than 20 minutes courtesy of air taxi services.

Reshaping Transportation for Sustainable Growth

The establishment of this vertiport network heralds a paradigm shift in Ras Al Khaimah’s transportation landscape, bolstering its ambition to responsibly welcome 3.5 million visitors annually by 2030.

By furnishing zero-emission transport alternatives, the Emirate underscores its unwavering dedication to environmental stewardship and sustainable progress. These aspirations seamlessly align with Skyports’ design ethos, which places paramount emphasis on harmonising with existing public transit frameworks to foster more sustainable mobility.

Moreover, this initiative directly addresses the imperative for innovative interventions to curtail carbon emissions in ground transportation, a sector culpable for 40% of greenhouse gas emissions within the travel and tourism domain, as underscored by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

Revolutionising Ras Al Khaimah: Electric Air Mobility Partnership

Furthermore, it unlocks prospective avenues for integration with air taxi networks spanning the breadth of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Visionary Perspectives

Hailing this collaboration as a watershed moment in the evolution of Ras Al Khaimah’s transportation landscape, H.E Eng. Esmaeel Hasan Al Blooshi, Director General of RAKTA, remarked, “By ushering in electric air mobility, we’re not merely connecting tourists to our attractions; we’re charting a sustainable trajectory for our Emirate. This trailblazing project perfectly dovetails with our pledge to enhance accessibility while mitigating our environmental footprint. Together, we’re sculpting a brighter, greener future for Ras Al Khaimah.”

Expressing fervent anticipation for the collaboration, H.E Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, asserted, “The steadfast backing from the UAE government and Ras Al Khaimah authorities has catalysed our ability to innovate on an unprecedented scale and pace. Over the ensuing two years, we aim to erect the infrastructure and amenities for an electric-powered transit system poised to redefine the tourist experience in Ras Al Khaimah. This partnership is a testament to our unwavering commitment to sustainable tourism. By introducing electric air mobility, we not only enhance accessibility to Ras Al Khaimah’s attractions but also markedly reduce our carbon footprint. This initiative propels us closer to our objective of positioning Ras Al Khaimah as a regional vanguard in sustainable tourism by 2025.”

Forward Momentum

Duncan Walker, CEO and founder of Skyports expressed eagerness about the collaboration, stating, “We are eager to join forces with the leading transport and tourism organisations in Ras Al Khaimah to launch electric air taxi services in the Emirate. This collaboration further underscores our commitment to providing the essential enabling infrastructure for zero-emission aviation across the UAE. We look forward to contributing our expertise to realise Ras Al Khaimah’s ambitious transport and tourism goals.”

Today’s revelation fortifies the UAE’s stature as a frontrunner in the burgeoning advanced air mobility sector. Beyond Ras Al Khaimah, Skyports spearheads the research, development, and construction of vertiports, partnering with premier eVTOL companies worldwide to furnish pivotal infrastructure for the advent of commercial passenger and cargo flights.

In April this year, Skyports secured USD$110 million in funding and welcomed new investor ACS Group to bolster its commercial endeavours.

Conclusion

The partnership between RAKTA, RAKTDA, and Skyports Infrastructure marks a pivotal moment in the evolution of Ras Al Khaimah’s tourism and transportation sectors. With a shared vision of sustainability and innovation, this alliance promises to redefine the Emirate’s tourism landscape, offering visitors an unparalleled experience while minimising environmental impact.

By leveraging electric air mobility, Ras Al Khaimah is not only enhancing accessibility to its iconic attractions but also spearheading efforts towards a greener future. As the Emirate progresses towards its ambitious goals outlined in RAKTA’s Strategic Plan 2030, the integration of vertiport infrastructure for electric air taxi services signifies a bold step towards responsible tourism development.

With this visionary initiative, Ras Al Khaimah solidifies its position as a global leader in sustainable tourism, setting a precedent for other destinations to follow.

As the Emirate prepares to welcome millions of visitors annually by 2030, the stage is set for Ras Al Khaimah to emerge as a shining example of innovation, sustainability, and excellence in tourism.

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