World’s first commercial Hyperloop system between Abu Dhabi and Dubai
April 20, 2018 – Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) has signed an historic agreement with Aldar Properties, a leading real estate developer in Abu Dhabi, to launch the world’s first commercial hyperloop system, running 10-km long in a critical development area between the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
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As per the deal, HyperloopTT will be starting construction of a Hyperloop system as well as HyperloopTT’s XO Square Innovation Center, and a Hyperloop Visitor Center at the construction site located within Aldar’s Seih Al Sdeirah landbank in Abu Dhabi and in close proximity to the residential development Alghadeer.
It is conveniently located on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai border, close to the Expo 2020 site and Al Maktoum International Airport.
HyperloopTT said the construction of the line will be done in several phases starting within the 10-km allocation, with further development aimed at creating a commercial hyperloop network across the Emirates and beyond.
Earlier this month, HyperloopTT began construction of the first full-scale passenger and freight prototype system in Toulouse, France, and expects delivery of the first passenger capsule later this year. The capsule will be assembled and optimised in Toulouse, France, prior to use in the emirates.
Unveiling the UAE plans, Bibop Gresta, the Chairman of HyperloopTT, said: “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.”
“With regulatory support, we hope the first section will be operational in time for Expo 2020,” he noted.
Lauding the deal, HyperloopTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn stated that a forward-thinking nation like the UAE was ideal for building the most revolutionary, most efficient, and fastest transportation system in the world.
“With this historic agreement in Abu Dhabi, we take a big step towards the world’s first commercial system,” he added.