Travel between Dubai’s airports ‘in just six minutes’
A new Hyperloop system has the potential to transport 3,400 people per hour
If you’ve ever tried to transfer between airports to catch a connecting flight, you’ll know it can be a bit of a stressful experience.
But now it’s about to get easier. At least, that’s what transport officials are hoping for, with the prediction that travellers could soon go from Dubai International to Al Maktoum in just six minutes.
That cuts approximately 39 minutes off the current 45-minute car journey time, opening a whole host of options for connecting flights.
It follows predictions that the Virgin Hyperloop One could cut the journey between Dubai and Fujairah to just ten minutes – with a trip to the Saudi capital Riyadh taking 40 minutes.
The concept sees pods propelled by magnets and solar moving passengers and cargo at lightning speeds of 1,200kph.
It has the potential to take nearly 3,400 people per hour, or 128,000 people a day. No one will complain about that commute ever again.
Talks of the high-tech travel system around Dubai and Abu Dhabi were discussed by expert panellists at the Arabian Travel Market.
Managing director of Virgin Hyperloop One Middle East Harj Dhaliwal said: “Providing a Hyperloop connection that allows both UAE residents and tourists to travel between Dubai and Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes is just the beginning.
“In the future, other emirates and indeed other GCC countries could also be linked, with journeys between Dubai and Fujairah as low as 10 minutes and Dubai to Riyadh in 40 minutes.”
Also on stage was Michael Ibbitson from Dubai Airports who said: “At present, Emirates only operates from Dubai International Airport but the implementation of a Hyperloop system between both airports could allow the airline to effectively and efficiently work from both hubs.”
Hyperloop systems seem to be all the craze in the UAE at the moment, as Abu Dhabi has signed a deal to install one in time for Expo 2020.