If you’re planning on a visit to the capital in future, your trip could be about to get a lot easier – and a deal has just been signed to make the UAE’s first Hyperloop a reality.
Construction of a 10km Hyperloop system is soon to start, thanks to a recent agreement with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (Hyperloop TT) and Aldar Properties. That is likely to be followed by an expansion across the UAE and beyond, with a trip from Dubai to the capital taking just 12 minutes.
A Hyperloop system is an ultra-fast ground transportation system introduced by Elon Musk. And this will be among the world’s first commercial freight transport systems.
Hyperloop TT's site within Seih Al Sderieh is located on the border of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, close to the Expo 2020 site and the Al Maktoum International Airport.
Construction of the first full-scale passenger and freight prototype system began earlier this month in Toulouse, France, and delivery of the first passenger capsule is expected later this year.
“This agreement creates the basis for the first commercial Hyperloop system in the world here in the Emirates, with the goal of eventually connecting Abu Dhabi to Al Ain, Dubai, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,” said Chairman of HyperloopTT Bibop Gresta.
“With regulatory support, we hope the first section will be operational in time for Expo 2020.”
Chief executive of Aldar Properties, Talal Al Dhiyebi, added: “We believe that Hyperloop technology can have a major positive impact on the lives of all of those living within our communities.”
While we patiently wait for this futuristic way to get from A to B, check out the other Hyperloop system proposed by Virgin earlier this year.