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Rival companies in race to bring Hyperloop to UAE

Competition for 15-minute commute between Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Team shortlist14 Mar 2016 AT 02:46 PM
Rival companies in race to bring Hyperloop to UAE

Plans to bring the super-fast “Hyperloop” bullet train to the UAE are heating up, as two rival transportation companies are in competition.

The Hyperloop technology created by SpaceX founder Elon Musk, could cut the journey time between Dubai and Abu Dhabi to 15-minutes. Two US-based firms, Hyperloop Technologies and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, have both revealed plans to introduce the bullet train to the UAE, according to Arabian Business.

The technology is still under development, but it works much like pods in a tube, shooting people to their destination at up to 1,220 kmph.

Both firms are working separately to introduce Hyperloop networks across the world. UAE plans were discussed with co-founder and chief technology officer of Hyperloop Technologies, Brogan Bambrogan, at the World Government Summit in February to say that the project isn’t just an idea, and that testing is due to go ahead in Vegas this year.

"Hyperloop is not science fiction, it is real and it's happening. We are doing hardcore engineering to bring this technology from the drawing board to real hardware, into reality," he said.

More recently Hyperloop Technologies CEO spoke at the Middle East Rail Conference to say that he envisaged the UAE as one of three early adopters of the bullet train. “We would expect that the history of innovation within this region could make – perhaps – Dubai and the UAE one of the first places where Hyperloop comes into production,” said Lloyd.

Meanwhile Dirk Alhlborn, CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said his company are in talks with the UAE about building a Hyperloop between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, as well as other locations in the UAE, Arabian Business reports.

Ahlborn said: “Innovation is clearly changing transportation. The UAE is one of the most advanced countries in the world in terms of sustainability and innovation and this makes it an ideal candidate to introduce an exciting new mode of transport.”

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