Flying Boats To Make Dubai Debut Next Year


Flying boats are set to make their debut in Dubai in 2023. Swiss-based start-up The Jet ZeroEmission announced that it had inked an agreement with Zenith Marine Services, a UAE-based company, and Dwyn to manufacture and operate The Jet – the first clean-energy, hydrogen-powered flying boat, UAE state news agency WAM reported.

“We are pleased to make this announcement from Dubai and be able to manufacture and launch THE JET, which is going to be the world’s first boat to sail without noise, waves, or emissions and have the capability of flying 80cm above the waters. The Jet features cutting-edge characteristics and technologies, making it capable of flying in silence over the waters at a cruising speed of 40 knots. The luxurious boat has a capacity of 8/12 passengers and is equipped with two fuel cells and an air conditioner as well as other clean-tech, environmentally friendly technologies that help reduce carbon emissions,” said Alain Thébault, Founder, The Jet ZeroEmission.

The Jet’s cutting-edge fuel cell technology will be delivered in Dubai for a historic inaugural flight during the next COP28 UAE preparatory meetings, which will be held in November 2023.

Clean and renewable energy is an essential requirement to sustainability, and stands at the forefront of Dubai and the UAE’s strategic priorities; the city has also launched the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050. Under this strategy, Dubai aims to produce 75 per cent of its energy requirements from clean sources by 2050.