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With Hyperloop, travel from Dubai to Fujairah in 10 minutes

Filed on October 5, 2016 | Last updated on October 5, 2016 at 06.59 am
A representational image of the Hyperloop transport system, as envisioned by inventor Elon Musk

Six global teams presented their concept for the Hyperloop system designed to reduce travel time between Dubai and Fujairah to 10 minutes.

The future of transportation is here in Dubai. Six global teams presented their concept for the Hyperloop system designed to reduce travel time between Dubai and Fujairah to 10 minutes at the 'Build Earth Live' competition hosted by Dubai Future Foundation on Tuesday. 

Team Mobius from France, Hyper Poland, Team rLoop from US and Canada, BIM Fusion from UK, Hypernova from Cairo University, and Future Architects from Ajman University were the six finalists in the 48-hour competition organised by Build Earth Live to encourage and raise awareness of cloud-based working, international developments in interoperability and public access to the design process. 

"We are quite impressed by the quality of presentations put forward by the contestants in this global competition," Saif Al Aleeli, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation, told Khaleej Times. "The (Hyperloop) technology is quite new and unique and we are still in the exploration phase but we are really elated to see how people imagine this technology that will transform everyone's life. They (finalists) are making a strong case for this technology. 

"Imagine you can travel from Dubai to Fujairah in 10 minutes or from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 11 minutes or Dubai to Riyadh  in 45 minutes? What we seek today are people wanting  to make this technology into reality," he added. 

Al Aleeli said the over-all team winner will be based on the feasibility, economical and social impact, and technical aptitude of their design. 

angel@khaleejtimes.com

WHAT IS HYPERLOOP?

Soon to become the fifth mode of transportation, Hyperloop system will use electric propulsion to accelerate a passenger or cargo vehicle through a tube in a low pressure environment. The autonomous vehicle is slightly elevated above the track and glides faster than the speed of an airplane over long distances, eliminating direct emissions, noise, delay, weather concerns and pilot error. It's the next mode of transportation for people and goods with minimal impact to the environment.

Angel Tesorero


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