E-commerce platform Noon.com plans to deliver goods through driverless mini-buses through a collaboration with a Chinese company specialising in autonomous technology, according to its founder and chairman of Emaar Properties, Mohamed Alabbar.
Speaking to Abu Dhabi TV, he said Noon is partnering with a Chinese company, but refrained from divulging further information.
“We have a partnership with Noon and a mini bus company in China for the delivery of goods in residential areas through driverless busses. We’ll be obtaining the necessary licenses to provide these small buses to deliver goods without drivers,” he told Abu Dhabi TV in line with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed’s official visit to China.
In May, Emaar signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Beijing New Aeropolis Holdings (BNA) to jointly develop a business and tourism complex, which will integrate retail, entertainment, office, hotel hospitality, convention, sport, art and lifestyle functions in a one-stop solution in Beijing.
The project will be located within the Aero-Economic Area of Beijing Daxing International Airport, which is set to be the largest airport in the world.
Alabbar said the East presents “a golden opportunity” for Noon.com and Emaar Properties.
“This is a golden opportunity for us. We are looking to the East. We always look to the West, so we’re looking to the East and North a bit. The East is the future, when you look at China, India and Asia, we’re talking about a population of 4 billion. So yes, we have important projects and partners [there].
“Our most important partnership is between Emaar Properties and Beijing [Daxing International] Airport, where we will build a 5 square km commercial, retail and entertainment complex. We’ve been working with them for over a year so we hope to sign an MOU between the government and
Emaar Properties,” he said.
This month, China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) won the contract to build the new Marina Vista project for Emaar Development. Situated along Emaar Beach Front, the deal involves the construction of two residential buildings – a 35-storey tower and a 45-storey tower.
In June, Emaar Hospitality Group signed a deal to boost sales across China through a partnership with Youli Hospitality Consulting, which will see Emaar’s Address Hotels + Resorts and Vida Hotels and Resorts promoted throughout the country, including in Beijing and Shanghai.
Youli Consulting will promote Emaar Hospitality Group among Chinese travel and tour operators in addition to driving Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Exhibitions (MICE) traffic covering leading corporates. The hotels will also be promoted through a dedicated WeChat/Weibo account to engage the digital-savvy young Chinese travellers.
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