The world’s first operational hyperloop may be a 10-kilometer long system in the Alghadeer development area near the border between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The site is close to the proposed Expo 2020 exhibition and Al Maktoum International Airport. Future expansion plans envision a hyperloop network across the United Arab Emirates and beyond.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and Aldar Properties signed an agreement to build the revolutionary transportation system this week. Aldar Properties is the largest developer in Abu Dhabi. The completed project will include HyperloopTT’s XO Square Innovation Center, and a Hyperloop Visitor Center.
Manufacture of HTT’s first full-size passenger and freight prototype system has begun in Toulouse, France. Delivery of the first completed passenger module is expected to arrive in the UAE later this year. “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.”
“We are delighted to be working with HyperloopTT as they look to bring one of the world’s most revolutionary transportation technologies to Abu Dhabi,” said Talal Al Dhiyebi, CEO of Aldar Properties. “Alghadeer sits at such a strategic point within the UAE — close to major growth areas of both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, that it makes sense to pair it with rapid transport opportunities. We believe that Hyperloop technology can have a major positive impact on the lives of all of those living within our communities, and we look forward to this possibility becoming a reality.”
“A forward-thinking nation like the UAE is ideal for building the most revolutionary, most efficient, and fastest transportation system in the world,” said Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of HyperloopTT. “With this historic agreement in Abu Dhabi, we take a big step towards the world’s first commercial system.”
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