Picture this! Your phone notification pings. Your delivery has arrived. Instead of walking to your front door, you head to your balcony as a drone comes and delivers your food parcel to you. How cool is that! Well, this fantasy may soon become a reality with three companies in Abu Dhabi having signed a deal to begin trialling drone deliveries in Abu Dhabi. The drone delivery service is expected to be implemented as a full commercial service by 2023, if trials are successful.
Maqta Gateway, Emirates Post Group and SkyGo have signed a deal to use drones to carry parcels and documents to specified Emirates Post sites across Abu Dhabi.
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What Is The Drone Delivery Goal?
Through the drone delivery testing, the aim is to enable greater convenience and faster delivery times for customers across Abu Dhabi, while ensuring a positive environmental impact.
Also, all drone deliveries will be tracked in real time by both the consumer & the retailer.
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Dr Noura Al Dhaheri, CEO – Digital Cluster and CEO – Maqta Gateways, said, “We actively seek out projects that can positively disrupt and transform global trade, and this new collaboration offers a vital opportunity to do just that. Drone services could enable greater convenience and faster delivery times for customers across Abu Dhabi, while ensuring a positive environmental impact.”
Abdulla Mohammed Alashram, Group CEO of Emirates Post Group, added, “This explorative drone project represents an efficient and environmentally responsible solution for the delivery of small to medium sized packages, in line with the Universal Postal Union’s (UPU) sustainable development objectives. By supporting this project, we are confident that we can alleviate road congestion and reduce fuel consumption in last-mile deliveries.”
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