Hyperloop UAE Makes Travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi only 12 minutes
Overview of the Hyperloop UAE
The Hyperloop UAE is a major transportation project built by Los Angeles-based Virgin Hyperloop One, a company that builds competitive and high-speed transportation technology. The group plans to introduce the world’s first operational system that seeks to see passengers travelling between emirates in special pods at a very speedy rate of 1,200 kilometers per hour, making the Hyperloop speed faster than the maximum speed of a Boeing 747 plane! This makes travel via Hyperloop from Dubai to Abu Dhabi only 12 minutes.
Hyperloop Dubai Abu Dhabi will have circular station concepts outside Burj Khalifa and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Towers. Passengers will be riding Hyperloop pods with various connected sections for meeting space, lounge and even cargo.
Virgin Hyperloop One company seeks to make Dubai the first city in the world to have this type of transportation system. Although there are still ongoing work in the finalization of routes and budget, the company believes that the project will greatly help the economy and add value to its citizens.
The concept of the Hyperloop was formed by an American research company called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies or HTT, which has the goal of developing a transportation system from the idea envisioned Elon Musk, Tesla co-founder and SpaceX lead-designer.
How the Hyperloop Dubai – Abu Dhabi Works
The Hyperloop Dubai – Abu Dhabi system will not be ‘Hyperloop train’, contrary to some notion, as it will be consist of a bunch of small pods that can will come on demand on your personally chosen station. These pods will hover at supersonic Hyperloop speed within a main tube with a controlled environment, to ensure that there will only be a small amount of air. The pods will move from one end to another, in this case from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, which is a 150 kilometers apart.
The Hyperloop seats are marked with futuristic designs, crafted by German car manufacturer BMW. The passengers needed to be seated at all times with buckled seatbelts considering the Hyperloop speed during the travel. While the ride will have no windows, the passengers will be provided with interactive entertainment screens at their arm rest. The Hyperloop pod will also be divided into Gold class, which can accommodate five passengers; and Silver Class with 14 passengers.
Latest Updates on the Hyperloop UAE
On February 2018, the Road and Transportation Authority (RTA) has released a full-scale model of the Hyperloop UAE Pod as part of the UAE Innovation Week. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prince of Dubai, was first to take a look in the hyperloop prototype design, before it was opened to the public. RTA deems that the initial information on the Hyperloop will have a capacity of 10,000 riders per hour in both directions. As for the ticket prices, the details are still yet to be revealed with the project still under testing.
The pods shown in the initial prototype launch were Hyperloop pods that run through the tunnels at 760 miles per hour and then drive on normal roads to complete journeys to the different stations. The latest release were different from the Hyperloop pods discussed before by Virgin Hyperloop One, which seemed to be designed only to travel within the Hyperloop system. The plan in 2018 is to continue the collaboration of the Los-Angeles company with RTA so they could move forward to next phase of the project. The Hyperloop is aimed to expand to the whole UAE, and in the future even to the whole GCC.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the Hyperloop UAE:
- How do Hyperloops work?
The Hyperloop concept, which was first unveiled by Tesla co-founder Elon Musk in 2013, are magnetized pods inside a suspended vacuum tube, which will be carrying passengers or cargo from one point to another with speeds of up to 1,200 kilometers per hour. According the Hyperloop Transportation Technologies website, the pods will be floating on a frictionless magnetic cushion within the tube. The pods are powered by a linear induction motor, an electromagnetic propulsion and some rechargable batteries. The proponent ensures that the whole Hyperloop travel will be silent and emission free.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has also developed a new material for the pods’ ‘skin’ called Vibranium. With carbon fiber and embedded sensors, this new smart material is eight times stronger than aluminum, and even ten times stronger than steel. The new material is also lighter that steel and aluminum, making the pods easy to propel inside the tube.
- What is a Hyperloop Train?
Contrary to some notions, the Hyperloop will not be a ‘train’, composed of connected train cars. The Hyperloop will feature individual pods or capsules where only a limited passengers can fit. And unlike the train, passengers are required to buckle up and stay seated to ensure safety.
- When will the Hyperloop UAE be built?
The actual construction of the Hyperloop UAE has not been revealed yet. The RTA, nonetheless, has allowed the public to see a first glimpse of the prototype of the pods which will be used in the system on February 2018. The designs were exhibited as part of the UAE Innovation month, which was showcased alongside other technological advances in transportation such as autonomous pods, high-frequency buses and the others.
- What Is Hyperloop Transportation Technologies?
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies or HTT is a team of 800 experts from various continents dedicated to forging corporate and university partnerships with decades of engineering and manufacturing knowledge in critical industries. HTT has been conducting studies and researches on the world’s most advanced transportation system, the Hyperloop, which transports people to great distances at incredible speeds. The company has already secured 27 patents in various innovative projects around the world, including the UAE.
- When will Hyperloop UAE be ready or completed?
The initial tests for viability and economic feasibility of the new transport system has been conducted, yet the both RTA and Virgin Hyperloop One have not yet confirmed a clear timeline on when the Hyperloop will be ready or completed. However, according to experts, Hyperloop will be ready on 2020 for cargo transportation, and on 2021 for passengers.
Impact of the Hyperloop Technology on UAE Real Estate
Advanced in transportation technology would evidently create positive results on UAE real estate, as properties accessible to the Hyperloop will be more attractive to investors even from far away areas. For instance, the Dubai Real Estate will attract clients from Abu Dhabi as distance will not anymore be a problem. The same will be true with Abu Dhabi properties for Dubai investors, allowing diversified clients for different real estate properties.