Skyports signs partnership with Ras Al Khaimah expanding UAE work


Skyports Infrastructure has signed a deal with the transport and tourism and development authorities of Ras Al Khaimah, expanding its work to bring air taxis to the UAE.

Officially called a “future-forward memorandum of understanding”, the deal will see Skyports develop a network of vertiports to connect key attractions across the emirate. Commercial operations are set to commence by 2027.

The project will integrate vertiport infrastructure with the existing transport network, providing 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.

Duncan Walker, CEO and founder of Skyports, said: “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.”

Ras Al Khaimah’s Transport Authority (RAKTA) wants to up annual visitor numbers to 3.5 million by 2030, zero emission transport is a key part of the plan.

Esmaeel Hasan Al Blooshi, Director General of RAKTA said: “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. This innovative project aligns perfectly with our commitment to enhancing accessibility while minimising our environmental impact, following our 2030 strategic plan. Together, we’re shaping a brighter, greener future for Ras Al Khaimah.”