Ras Al Khaimah signs MoU to get its own Vertiport
VPorts has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Airport to build and operate a first vertiport in RAK designed to establish the UAE as a world-class global AAM hub.
‘‘With the support of the Department of Civil Aviation of Ras Al Khaimah, we are excited to build and operate the first vertiport at Ras Al Khaimah Airport,” said VPorts’ president and founder, Dr Fethi Chebil.
“This project will enable all AAM partners to accelerate the adoption and deployment of advanced air mobility in RAK and throughout the UAE.”
His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, chairman of Ras Al Khaimah’s Department of Civil Aviation, stated: “This project is aligned with RAK’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Strategy 2040 and with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, to achieve at least a 30% savings in electricity consumption and a 20% contribution from renewable energy by 2040.
“We are committed to supporting the VPorts project and to enable AAM related innovation and technology and know-how capacity building in the UAE and in RAK.”
VPorts’ initial growth strategy is based on the regional transportation of goods, tourism and the efficient movement of patients, organs for transplants and medical equipment.
The RAK vertiport, which will be established on a 10,000-square metre site, will be designed for all types of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. VPorts says that its vertiports will be open for all eVTOLs manufacturers.
Ralf Schustereder, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Airport, enthused: RAK Airport is aiming to be a leading enabler of RAK’s economic and tourism growth.
“This project will position RAK Airport as part of a development plan and key player in advanced air mobility in RAK. We will provide VPorts with our full support to ensure its success and prosperity.”