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Futuristic Electric Self-Driving Trucks Are Coming To The UAE

Startup Einride is about to begin its expansion into the Middle East.

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Einride, a Swedish startup and pioneer in electric autonomous freight transport, is expanding into the Middle East. The move follows a collaboration agreement with the government of the United Arab Emirates to accelerate the transition to sustainable logistics and shipping.

Founded in 2016, Einride has a grand vision to decarbonize the freight industry by developing an entire ecosystem of electric and autonomous vehicles, charging stations, and connectivity networks.

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The Scandinavian firm is already operating in Europe and the United States and will soon add over 550 km of its autonomous logistics ecosystem to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah. The project, known as Falcon Rise Grid, will encompass 2,000 electric trucks, of which 200 will be fully autonomous. Einride will develop the project over the next five years, which will include the installation of 500 charging points and other network hardware.

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“This collaboration gets to the core of what Einride provides — the transformation to effective and sustainable shipping that is fully electric,” announced Einride founder and CEO, Robert Falck. The startup, which has already partnered with the likes of Coca-Cola and Oatly, says its clients have reduced emissions by up to 95% while staying competitive.

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The UAE’s Falcon Rise Grid project follows a series of expansions for Einride over the past year, including Germany, Benelux, and the UK. In 2019 the company became the first to deploy an autonomous electric vehicle on a public road in Sweden, and in 2022, received approval to do the same in the United States.

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Hamad International Wins 2024 Skytrax World Airport Awards

The Qatar airport also won “World’s Best Airport Shopping” for the 2nd time, and “Best Airport in the Middle East” for the 10th year.

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Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, Qatar, has once again won the “World’s Best Airport” title at the Skytrax World Airport Awards. The award ceremony, held at the Passenger Terminal Expo 2024 in Frankfurt, Germany, also saw Hamad clinch the accolade of “World’s Best Airport Shopping” for the 2nd time in a row and “Best Airport in the Middle East” for an impressive 10th consecutive year.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, who played a key role in the airport’s development over the past decade, said: “This is a remarkable achievement for Hamad International Airport, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary of operational excellence, connecting passengers seamlessly from all around the world. It is a testament to the dedication of our team and partners, who have contributed to providing passengers with the finest travel experience”.

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Al-Meer emphasized the importance of understanding changing travel trends and the needs of modern air passengers: “At the heart of our growth strategy lies the passengers’ journey, their evolving needs, and our commitment to meeting and exceeding their expectations. We have introduced a diverse range of experiences at the airport, including Souq Al Matar, which brings Qatari hospitality and culture closer to travelers, “Orchard”, the ideal place for relaxation and rejuvenation between flights, and an array of high-end lounges”.

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Hamad International Airport saw a massive 31% surge in passenger traffic during 2023, with the transport hub now serving over 45 million passengers annually. The airport is now home to prestigious airlines, including Vistara, Iberia, Xiamen Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, and Japan Airlines, serving 250+ destinations for passenger and cargo flights.

The uptick in traffic is no doubt due to the completion of the first phase of an extensive expansion project. Hamad’s management intends to radically update the airport’s facilities over the coming years in a bid to create the “airport of the future”. The expansion features a unique and calming environment of lush greenery and several contemporary dining and shopping concepts among the already well-equipped leisure facilities.

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