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World's first commercial hyperloop to be built next year

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Hyperloop TT has announced it will start building the world’s first commercial hyperloop system in Abu Dhabi in late 2019.  

Initial work involves construction of the first 10km of the 150km system between Aub Dhabi and Dubai. Construction is set to begin in Aldar’s Seih Al Sdeirah landbank in Abu Dhabi close to the border between Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

When complete, the system will be capable of reaching 1,200km/h, cutting the journey time between Abu Dhabi and Dubai from 90 minutes by car or train to just 10 minutes. 

Hyperloop is a transport system capable of super-fast travel using magnetic levitation and a low-pressure environment to minimise friction.  

HyperloopTT has also announced that it will be partnered with design and engineering firm, Dar Al-Handasah to deliver the project. Dar Al-Handasah’s international team includes US architects Perkins & Will, US consultant TY Lin International, Spanish consultant GPO Group and British cost consultant Currie & Brown. 

HyperloopTT chief executive Dirk Ahlborn said forming the design and engineering team was a significant project milestone: 

“With today’s announcement of the appointment of Dar Al-Handasah, Perkins and Wills, and Currie & Brown, we have achieved a significant milestone towards the construction of the world’s first commercial Hyperloop system in Alghadeer,” he said.  

“We are looking forward to working with all of our regional stakeholders to build this historic piece of transportation infrastructure.” 

Both the main hyperloop competitors, HyperloopTT and Virgin Hyperloop One have been working on feasibility studies for the transport system. 

In April, HyperloopTT published pictures of a 30-seat passenger pod. A similar one could be utilised on the Abu Dhabi project.  

HyperloopTT capsule

HyperloopTT capsule

Source: HyperloopTT

HyperloopTT is pressing ahead with its commercial system, even though its test track in Toulouse, France is still under construction. Hyperloop One, backed by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin, has an operational test track in Nevada, US.  

HyperloopTT chairman Bibop Gresta added: “We are bringing the future of rapid transportation technology to all those living in the United Arab Emirates. 

“Today’s announcement is a testament to the continued commitment and determination of all our partners, both within the UAE and abroad. As we move forward with the system we invite other interested organizations in the region and around the world to join us in making history.” 

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