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Hyperloop competition semi-final announced

Dubai Hyperloop render

The semi-finals of Dubai’s Hyperloop Design Competition will take place in Dubai in October, Dubai Future Foundation has announced.

The foundation said that the goal of the competition was to design a Hyperloop prototype that would reduce travel time between Dubai and Fujairah to less than 10 minutes.

It said that the 65 finalists, which have been shortlisted out of a pool of 250 applicants, were selected from international universities and specialised engineering firms from 26 countries around the world.

The foundation has named of the members of the judging committee, who it said would evaluate the entries based on technical and economic criteria, in both the semi-final and final stages of the competition.

Dubai Future Foundation member of the board of trustees Mattar Al Tayer said that Dubai’s Hyperloop Design Competition constitutes a global platform for shaping the future of the transportation sector.

Al Tayer, who is also director-general and chairman of the board of directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), added: “Despite the short notice period, Dubai’s Hyperloop Station Design Competition managed to attract more than 250 participations from 26 countries, including internationally renowned names in the academic sector, in addition to some of the largest design firms in the world.

“The selection of a judging panel made up of top-ranking experts and specialists in the most advanced technologies reflects the foundation’s seriousness about adopting only the most original of ideas, and to later turn them into feasible projects that will create a better future for the generations to come.”

The foundation said that it had received entries for the competition from engineering firms including Aecom, Gensler Architecture and Arcadis. There has also been an application from a planning and design manager from the Palace of Westminster, it confirmed.

Judging will be based on their efficiency, cost and feasibility, with the committee made up of experts and specialists from the world’s largest information technology companies, in addition to representatives from local and international government agencies taking part in the contest.

Joining the committee from the UK are Turner & Townsend associate director George Mokhtar and BPR Architects director Paul Beaty-Pownall.

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