Qatar’s state post will launch a drone delivery service for certain packages across the country, with the first phase of the project starting in three months.
The service is an extension to the country’s recently launched “Connected by Qatar Post,” that permits shoppers to purchase items online and ship them directly to their homes or to a smart locker.
It is designed to help residents shop online and get products delivered to Qatar from outlets that don’t ship to the country, revealed Qatar News Agency (QNA).
Through the service, customers will be able to rent postal addresses located in the UK and US from which the packages will be forwarded to their homes, post office branches, or smart locker.
Addresses in Japan and China will be available to rent in the near future as well.
The lockers will be open 24 hours and will be located in shopping malls, residential areas, and university campuses.
Qatar Post’s chairman and managing director Faleh Al-Naemi said the project’s second phase will kick off in October this year.
“Such a program will help us reach out to all our people and revolutionise the way we service Qatar with faster, environmentally-friendly and reliable delivery services,” he told QNA during a meeting with the Ministry of Transport and Communications this week.
The postal service is similar to the private shop and ship service by Dubai-based Aramex, but is considerably more expensive, with a 2kg parcel posted from the UK to Qatar costing $50 as opposed to $44 with Aramex.
This story first appeared in Arabian Business