A delivery startup that wants to take to the skies.

Business Reporter Shoshana knows her way around Europe and the Middle East with a notebook and video camera. She has worked as a multi-media journalist for Channel NewsAsia, Ruptly video news agency, the UN, and most recently, with 7Days in Dubai. She speaks Arabic and English and has degrees in Middle East History and Political Science.

A new car and drone delivery service that wants to bridge the gap between drivers, customers, and merchants zoomed into Qatar’s logistics sector at QITCOM.

The company wants to solve the disconnect between the buyer, delivery service, and merchant on all three levels of the e-commerce ecosystem, says Alaeldien AbouHamda, co-founder at Airlift.

AbouHamda explains his product offering: When an order is placed on a merchant website or app, a notification is sent to Airlift’s dashboard interface, where the delivery is scheduled for dispatch.

One of their registered drivers then receives the customer’s exact location and both the merchant and customer can track the progress of the delivery.

“So basically if you order a cake off Instagram, it will take that order, put it in our system, and send it directly to the closest driver in your location,” AbouHamda says.

“Automating this process helps save time and lowers the costs for all the stakeholders,” says Ahmed Mohamedali, CEO  and co-founder at Airlift.

The startup has undergone a two-year incubation with the DIC, where the company got office space, funding, and mentorship.

The next step is replacing cars with drones as a more convenient and sustainable delivery option, Mohamedali says.

“We’re currently at the beta stage, so we’re still studying the market. However, we already tried out the platform itself, and have drivers already registered.”

Airlift came to QITCOM to gauge public interest, gain consumer feedback, and see if their platform could be profitable, Mohamedali says. 

“We came to validate this idea and see if it has an actual meaning, and if what we’re saying makes sense to the general public.”