Published on November 8th, 2016 | by Jugal Parekh0
Hyperloop in the UAE – Almost a Reality!
What happens when an incredible future technology connects with an extremely enterprising city and leadership – it is fast tracked to reach the masses. That is exactly what happened at Level 112 of Burj Khalifa, today, when RTA and Hyperloop One signed an agreement to start connecting our Emirates and much beyond.
Dubai to Abu Dhabi = 12 minutes
Dubai to Doha = 23 minutes
Dubai to Riyadh = 48 minutes
Under the terms of today’s agreement, they will work with McKinsey & Co. and the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) – a world-renowned team of architects and engineers – on a detailed feasibility study sponsored by the RTA. The agreement moves the company into its second stage of progress in the UAE. Now you may brush off these news as yet another feasibility study, but not if you were present in that room today! The atmosphere was electric and the work presented was realistic and most exciting of them all, a government authority – the first in the world, signed off on the project.
The idea of a Hyperloop – a low-pressure tube through which levitating pods can travel at up to 1,200 km/h – has recently gained attention around the world. Benefits include higher standards of safety than a passenger jet, lower build and maintenance costs than high-speed rail, and energy usage, per person, that is similar to a bicycle.
At the event, we were greeted with model stations, henceforth known as Hyperloop portals, for the one in Dubai located at Burj Khalifa (yep – right in the city centre!), and one in Abu Dhabi located at the intersection joining Etihad Towers and Emirates Palace Hotel.
The hyperloop system would integrate a door to door approach. The video below will explain it further in a vivid manner. The system would be flexible to use with cargo and people, and integrate with autonomous technologies that are being developed in the market by Uber, Google, Tesla, and Amazon.
We are super excited about the Hyperloop coming to this region, and we wish the team all the best to bring one more enterprising and “first in the world” project to Dubai.