A transport system which will cut travel time from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and vice versa from more than one hour and 30 minutes to 12 minutes is set to open in 2020.
According to Dubai Media Office, the Hyperloop is a tube-like cabin with embedded touchscreens, strategically positioned seats, and a cozy ambience to offer a more comfortable ride to passengers.
The Hyperloop can run up to 700 miles per hour and is expected to save money lost from late workers due to transport by $800 million (Dh2.9 billion).
.@Seeker: A look at the first pod prototype for #Dubai’s proposed 700mph Hyperloop. Travel time from Dubai to Abu Dhabi would take just 12 minutes, compared to an hour & a half otherwise. That would save an estimated $800 million in lost working hours. pic.twitter.com/itk8v0Fhay
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) June 23, 2018
Bibop Gresta, Chairman of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies said that construction of the Hyperloop will cost “between US$20 million to US$40 million per kilometre,”
The first phase of the project involves construction of 10km out of a 150km system between Abu Dhabi and Dubai and is set to be ready next year.
“It was a far-fetched dream, but we are all excited now that it’s a dream coming true in the UAE in 2020,” Gresta said.
“Today we’re announcing that the capsule has already left the assembly facility in Spain, and is on its way to Toulouse, France, where we have a prototype track. As soon as it arrives in Toulouse, it will be put in a tube and then they will test the system with the first passenger.”
“The capsule will be assembled and optimised in Toulouse, prior to use in the Emirates with the goal of eventually connecting Abu Dhabi to Al Ain and Dubai at unprecedented speeds, safely, efficiently, and sustainably,” he added.