envisioning the Skyports Infrastructure vertiport terminal


Foster + Partners presents its provisional concept design for a Skyports Infrastructure vertiport terminal located next to Dubai International Airport (DXB), endorsed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the World Government Summit 2023. The sites form part of a vision for a future electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) infrastructure network that will connect Dubai’s most popular – and crowded – areas and provide high-speed, zero-emissions travel. The vertiport network will integrate with existing transportation hubs, including the RTA’s Dubai Metro network and Dubai International Airport.

foster + partners reveals terminal concept for future eVTOL infrastructure network in dubai
all renders © Foster + Partners



a sculptural building wrapping around the airfield 


The team at Foster + Partners developed the vertiport terminal concept in collaboration with Skyports Infrastructure, the leading designer and operator of vertiport technology for the advanced air mobility (AAM) industry. The DXB vertiport is one of four initial locations currently being considered by Skyports Infrastructure and Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).


Situated on an elevated deck to facilitate aircraft take-off and landing, the building wraps around the airfield, connecting the arrival and departure lounges and offering scenic views of the aircraft and the city beyond. Moreover, an overhanging roof and façade inclination protects the terminal from direct sunlight and prevent overheating. The building’s façade corresponds with the adjacent metro station, and its edges are softened with green landscaping. As for the interior, the architects designed each space using a refined palette of warm, natural materials to create a comfortable and serene environment.

foster + partners reveals terminal concept for future eVTOL infrastructure network in dubai
the building wraps around the airfield



David Summerfield, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners, comments: ‘We are delighted to have developed a vertiport concept for the emerging AAM industry, which will transform the way people travel in Dubai. The conceptual vertiport connects with Dubai International Airport and the Dubai Metro, to provide seamless, sustainable travel across the city for international and domestic passengers.’ The RTA and Skyports Infrastructure plan to develop the network of vertiports for air taxi services by 2026.

foster + partners reveals terminal concept for future eVTOL infrastructure network in dubai
warm and welcoming interiors with scenic views of the outdoors



project info:


name: Vertiport terminal 

location: Dubai, UAE

architecture: Foster + Partners | @fosterandpartners

client: Skyports Infrastructure | @skyportshq

developed by: 2026