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Dubai is set to be­come home to the world’s first fleet of self-driv­ing elec­tric taxis.

Dubai’s Road & Trans­port Au­thor­ity Di­rec­tor Gen­eral and Chair­man, HE Mat­tar Al Tayer, has signed an agree­ment to buy 200 Model S sedans and Model X SUVs from elec­tric car maker Tesla, which is also due to open its first Mid­dle East of­fices in the emi­rate.

Al Tayer said: “Tesla has been se­lected for its pi­o­neer­ing en­deav­ours in the man­u­fac­tur­ing of elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

“The com­pany is fo­cused on im­prove­ment and cre­ativ­ity in au­ton­o­mous driv­ing as well as the stor­age of power. Last year, Tesla de­vel­oped a hy­brid sys­tem for gen­er­at­ing and stor­ing so­lar en­ergy in Tesla ve­hi­cles, and broad­ened its scope to man­u­fac­ture buses and heavy ve­hi­cles.”

Pri­vate cus­tomers can al­ready visit the au­tomaker’s on­line de­sign stu­dio to or­der Model S and Model X ve­hi­cles, the first of which are ex­pected to be de­liv­ered in Dubai dur­ing the sum­mer.

Tesla has estab­lished ‘Su­per­charg­ing’ lo­ca­tions in Jebel Ali and in Mas­dar City, and has an­nounced plans to open five ad­di­tional lo­ca­tions by the end of the year.

Due to wel­come its first cus­tomers in July is a Tesla ser­vice cen­tre cur­rently be­ing built near In­ter­change 2 on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road.

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