A “historic” deal has been inked on the UAE’s first Hyperloop network, which could see construction starting soon.
Given that we still don’t have jet hoverboards and robot butlers, the least the 21st century can give us is hyperspeed transport. In case you missed the memo from Elon Musk, Hyperloop is a high-speed transport system that can get you about very quickly. There was even talk of going from Dubai Airport to Abu Dhabi in just under 12 minutes that got us all planning how we were going to use all of our newly-found free time.
The revolutionary transport concept was first mooted for the UAE in 2016 and translating this into reality has quickly moved one step closer. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) and Abu Dhabi real estate developer, Aldar Properties PJSC, have signed an agreement they’re calling historic, allowing HyperloopTT to start work on a Hyperloop system, innovation and visitor centre.
Construction will start on the border of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, in Aldar’s Seih Al Sdeirah landbank, close to residential development Alghadeer, the Expo 2020 site and Al Maktoum International Airport and would presumably link these key locations.
Construction of the line will take place in several phases – beginning with a 10-kilometre stretch – that developers want to cover the UAE and beyond with a commercial Hyperloop service that could travel at up to 1,200 kmph.
Hyperloop TT is already working on a prototype passenger and freight system in Toulouse, France, and expects the first passenger capsule to be shipped to the UAE later this year. Company chairman Bibop Gresta believes the first section of the line will be operational in time for Expo 2020.
“A forward-thinking nation like the UAE is ideal for building the most revolutionary, most efficient, and fastest transportation system in the world,” said Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of HyperloopTT added. “With this historic agreement in Abu Dhabi, we take a big step towards the world’s first commercial system.”