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Dubai steps up automation and robotics in aviation and logistics

Dubai Future Labs signs agreements to the adoption of future technologies, including R&D of automated electric vehicles and a robot check-in agent

Dubai steps up automation and robotics in aviation and logistics
[Source photo: Anvita Gupta/Fast Company Middle East]

To accelerate the adoption of future technology in aviation and logistics, Dubai Future Labs (DFL), an initiative of Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), has signed deals with Emirates Airlines, DP World, and Dnata.

“We continue to advance Dubai’s leadership in robotics and automation technologies”, tweeted Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, as he witnessed the signing of the agreements.

According to the Dubai Media Office, the adoption of future technologies will include the R&D of automated electric vehicles in terminal operations and the designing of a system that facilitates autonomous baggage transport, a robot check-in agent, and the automation of several other consumer services.

While the partnership will see Emirates airline cooperating with DLF to develop and test robot projects for passenger check-in, lounge service, warehouse management systems, baggage transfer, and cargo storage, the media office said, DP World and DFF will work to transform the UAE into an advanced digital and smart economy, said Sultan bin Sulayem, group chairman, and chief executive of DP World.

These national collaborations seek to activate the Dubai Robotics and Automation Programme, established in September 2022, which focuses on developing R&D in five vital sectors – production and manufacturing; consumer services and tourism; healthcare and connected mobility; and logistics.

“Deploying robotics, automation, and future technologies in key sectors enhance economic diversification and raise Dubai’s long-term competitiveness and attractiveness as a platform for launching and growing businesses and enabling international trade with cutting-edge logistical services,” said Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications and Deputy Managing Director of the Dubai Future Foundation.

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