Abu Dhabi to Riyadh in Few Minutes

The company plans to extend the line to Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Airport and beyond in future

An artist impression of what a HyperloopTT station in Abu Dhabi could look like. Courtesy Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

A commercial high-speed Hyperloop system is to be built in the next two years in Abu Dhabi, under a landmark deal signed by Aldar Properties and one of the leading companies behind the technology.

Talal Al Dheyabi, CEO of Aldar and Bibop Gresta, Chairman and Co-Founder of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies at the Aldar pavilion at Cityscape Abu Dhabi. Image Credit:Abdul Rahman/Gulf News

Construction on a 10km Hyperloop transport system, using electro-magnetic levitation engineering to carry pods at 1,200kph, will begin in a critical development area between Abu Dhabi and Dubai in 2019.

A transport hub and XO Square Innovation Centre for ongoing research and development by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, the California-based firm behind the project, will be developed in Aldar’s Seih Al Sdeirah landbank in Abu Dhabi.

The technology promises to reduce travel times between emirates from hours to just minutes.

An illustration of the HyperloopTT system being developed by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. HTT

Details of the joint project for a high-speed connection between Alghadeer and potentially Yas Island, airport terminals and Al Ain were announced at the Adnec Cityscape property exhibition.

“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 Bibop Gresta, chairman of HyperloopTT.

“With regulatory support, we hope the first section will be operational in time for Expo 2020.”

HyperloopTT plans construction of the line in several phases starting within the ten kilometre allocation, with further development aimed at creating a commercial Hyperloop network across the Emirates and beyond.

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