Opinion and Editorial

KT edit: Ride of a lifetime

Filed on November 10, 2020

The trial run of a pod of hyperloop is a promising start to a journey that could revolutionise domestic travel in our lifetimes

Seven years. That’s the time it took for a concept like hyperloop to be conceived and tested. No, it is not expected to become operational in a few months’ time but the trial run of a pod with two passengers on board in Las Vegas, Nevada, is a promising start to a journey that could revolutionise domestic travel in our lifetimes. The thought of cruising safely at super-high speed without worrying about hitting a road bump or getting slowed due to traffic or traffic signals is so refreshing. Also, the travel time saved could add to the quality of life and bring enormous business and personal benefits and opportunities for many.

What’s interesting is that the technology required to build this project already existed; all it needed was investors who could support the vision and turn it into a reality, which is what DP World did. The UAE’s appetite and ambition to become a hub of future travel technology will benefit the people in the Emirates and the world at large. It isn’t a pie-in-the-sky idea, like it was labelled when Elon Musk talked about it in 2013. It could soon become a reality, especially in the UAE which is among the potential locations to host the first hyperloop tracks and stations, connecting Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It will be a ride of a lifetime and we cannot wait for it.

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