“Making a Hyperloop here would be a very natural step in the evolution of the UAE and it’s cities,” says Jakob Lange, director of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) Ideas, the firm involved in designing of the system.
As you can see in the map below, Hyperloop will connect three airports in the UAE - Abu Dhabi Airport, Al Maktoum Airport and Dubai Airport - with future cargo port connections for Khailfa Port and Jebel Ali Port planned.
The initial ‘Dubai to Fujairah in ten minutes’ announcement wowed many people in the UAE but led some commentators to question why a more popular route between the UAE’s two main cities had not been picked. It now seems that the initial route was being used to illustrate just how fast the Hyperloop is.
If you can't wait to find out more, know that November 7 is the chosen date for further Hyperloop plans to be revealed.
“We are in a new time now where you can develop a new transportation system in very few years and change the world," Lange states.
"We're not waiting for new technology like carbon nanofibers or anything in order to do this. We have everything we need to do it.”
In early October, Team Mobius from French engineering company Systra beat off 67 other international teams with their design for the supersonic means of transport, capable of travelling at 1,200km/h.
The technology, which had its first scale model testing in May, is relatively simple to understand.
Sealed concrete or steel pipes, installed either above or below ground, are pumped permanently to remove air and, thus, resistance to the trains, while electric motors create a strong magnetic field that allows carriages to coast in a frictionless environment. Ok, we did say relatively simple.