Dubai Silicon Oasis Hosts Drone Delivery Trials Conducted by UAE's Jeebly and Skye Air
Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the specialised economic zone for innovation and knowledge and member of the Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ), hosted a groundbreaking three-week long Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone delivery trials.
The trails are conducted by Jeebly LLC, a leading UAE-based logistics service provider and Skye Air Mobility, India’s largest SaaS based autonomous drone delivery company.
The testing conducted in cooperation with the Dubai Future Foundation, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Dubai Silicon Oasis, took place at the Dubai Experimental Zone in DSO.
The Zone serves as a real-world test-bed for the development, evaluation and demonstration of robotics and autonomous systems.
It was established as part of the Dubai Program to Enable Drone Transportation launched in November 2021 by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council.
Eng. Muammar Al Katheeri, Chief Officer of Engineering and Sustainability at DIEZ, said: “Since its inception, DSO has placed the highest priority on supporting ambitious entrepreneurs who utilise advanced technologies to offer smart city solutions."
Ahmad Ali Belqaizi, Executive Director, Aviation Safety and Environment Sector at the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority stated: “The success of the initial trials holds immense significance in identifying the regulatory and operational aspects that need to be developed and improved to create a strong foundation for enhancing the efficiency of commercial transport operations using drones."
Raman Pathak, CEO of Jeebly said: “With this leap forward in drone deliveries, we aim to increase the efficiency of our transportation services by utilising drones for various purposes.
Dubai provides the advanced infrastructure that enables us to test new drone solutions and ensure we are constantly innovating our services."
This explorative drone project represents an effective 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 achieve our goals of being leaders in sustainability and efficiency through logistics,” he added.
Skye Air's Founder & CEO, Ankit Kumar, emphasised the potential of drones to transform the logistics industry. "Skye Air is committed to pushing the boundaries of drone technology, and our partnership with Jeebly to participate in the Dubai programme reflects this shared ambition."
Khalifa Al Qama, Director of Dubai Future Labs, confirmed that this new project supports Dubai's efforts to develop and expand the applications of drones in collaboration with government entities, private companies, and regulatory bodies.
“This contributes to the creation of futuristic and high-quality solutions originating from Dubai, aimed at utilising drone technology to enhance the efficiency of diverse service and economic sectors,” he concluded.
The Dubai Program to Enable Drone Transportation, is one of the pivotal initiatives aimed at implementing and activating the Dubai Sky Dome policy approved by The Executive Council in December 2018.