October 27, 2017: Emirates airline and a consortium of industry partners are announcing a partnership to build the world’s first sector-wide Experimental (X) Lab to co-create the next era of human transportation at Area 2071 as part of the constant effort to achieve the vision of “UAE Centennial Plan 2071”.
The Aviation X-Lab is a historic effort to host airlines, manufacturers, ground logistics, regulators, engineers, academics, and startups under a single roof in order to envision a new transportation paradigm and seek solutions that no single organisation or program has had the resources to deliver on their own.
The Aviation X-Lab at Area 2071 will host industry summits to co-create industry shaping challenges. It will then seek applications from internal teams, independent engineering teams, academics, and startups, to help address these challenges by spending a full year working with the senior-most industry executives and regulators to ideate new technologies and business theories, run experiments, and develop prototypes.
Area 2071 was launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to become the experimental nucleus of the Centennial Plan 2071.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and CEO, Emirates airline and Group, said, “We look forward to the Aviation X-Lab initiative, which will enable Emirates to co-create high impact solutions with our industry partners that will propel the UAE’s aviation sector to new heights, and unlock the possibilities of an interconnected world.”
“With the addition of the Aviation X-Lab, Dubai is further proving itself as the largest X-Lab in the world. We are proud to share our experience with aviation, as home to the world’s international largest airline, with the aviation community,” said Mohammad Abdulla Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs & the Future and Chairman of The Executive Office of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.