The region’s leading local tech platform for food delivery and q-commerce solutions talabat, officially announced the successful launch of its drone food delivery pilot programme in Qatar last week. 

The pilot, which took place at Agrico facilities in Al Khor and at Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), is a result of a six-month collaboration.

talabat Qatar Managing Director Francisco Miguel de Sousa said they are excited to continue to shape the future of food delivery, not only in Qatar but throughout the region. He said that the launch of their drone pilot programme is their second big future play, after the introduction of their autonomous delivery vehicle, talabot into the Mshreib district last year.

He added that the pilot programme is part of their ongoing commitment to introduce the latest technologies that enhance customer experience on the app.

On behalf of talabat, I would like to thank both the Qatari government and local entities, as well as HBKU and Agrico for their support in helping to drive the future forward, in Qatar.

He said that they will continue to work with local partners to make the service available to customers across the country, and to support and reach as many people in the communities as possible.

Agrico for Agriculture Development Company Partner/Managing Director Nasser Ahmad Al Khalaf said they are proud to work side by side with talabat on this innovative drone project. As the largest organic hydroponic farm in the MENA region, he said that Agrico always put their customers first.

Together with talabat, we want to look together (at) different solutions for our products to reach our customers on time, in the best condition, and with less fuel emissions.

Safe and reliable delivery

During the pilot phase, talabat will continue to work with HBKU and other local entities to develop a viable operational solution with safety, reliability and efficiency as the key priorities.

Dr Antonio Sanfilippo, Chief Scientist at QEERI, said they have been developing aerial survey technology under  QEERI scientist Dr Zhaohui Cen, to support energy, water, environment, and food security research. He said they are happy to support talabat and provide guidance and expertise in this endeavour.

The announcement of the programme aligns with talabat’s vision and ongoing efforts to introduce sustainable initiatives to scale and be able to reach and reliably deliver to as many people as possible around the region at the push of a button.

The talabat app can be downloaded on the iOS App Store, Google Playstore and on Huawei App Gallery. 

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