Drone delivery to start in Dubai from March 2018

Come March 2018 and the Dubai skyline would be dotted with drones carrying deliveries. This method of carrying deliveries is environmentally friendly and cost-effective as it will be  nearly 30-40 per cent cheaper than the traditional delivery systems.

Drone delivery
Drone delivery will be started in Dubai from March 2018 onwards. Photo courtesy: Eniverse

The starting phase will target specific areas of Dubai like Emirates Hills, The Meadows, The Springs, The Greens, Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim. Later, the deliveries will be expanded to a wide range of customers to ship goods and products weighing 5kg or less to locations across Dubai.

Eniverse Technologies, the company which will operate drone deliveries, is expected to start operations from March 2018, depending on the approval from the government which has been initiated and is expected to take from six to 12 months.

Mohammed Johmani, CEO of Eniverse Technologies told a Dubai-based newspaper, “We shall start with five drones and increase it to 100 by 2022. We are talking with two major entities in the UAE to start using our services. This is futuristic project and it hard to test the demand, as we will be the first movers in the UAE market and one of the few globally.”

He added, “Drone deliveries would be cheaper by 30 to 40 per cent compared to traditional delivery avenues and anything weighing above 5kg will not delivered.”

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Future Accelerator are conducting the trials for deliveries using drones in the coming month. RTA tested an autonomous air taxi in June 2017 and is expected to start trial operations in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Eniverse Technologies has joined hands with San Francisco-based Skycart for the delivery of drones.

 

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