Dubai has renewed a previous pledge to be one of the world’s early deployers of electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL), this time setting a 2026 launch objective for air taxi services in the city-state and commercial capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Government leaders voiced their enthusiasm about eVTOL passenger transportation at Dubai’s ongoing annual World Government Summit, where Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum set 2026 as the intended target for air taxi services. That revived a pledge officials made back in 2017 to embrace electric-powered next-generation travel in the city and across the UAE – intentions which hadn’t progressed much since then. 

Now it looks as if that plan is being kick-started and thrown into high developmental gear.

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Accompanying Al Maktoum’s comments was a tweeted video by Dubai’s Roads and…