Abu Dhabi signs deal on fu­tur­is­tic trans­port sys­tem

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Abu Dhabi has signed the United Arab Emi­rates’ sec­ond hyper­loop fea­si­bil­ity study to build a fu­tur­is­tic high-speed trans­port sys­tem con­nect­ing the ci­ties of Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain.

Abu Dhabi’s Depart­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and Trans­port (DMAT) and US-based Hyper­loop Trans­porta­tion Tech­nolo­gies (Hyper­loopTT) an­nounced the agree­ment, which fol­lows a sim­i­lar study signed in Dubai last month. Dubai’s Road & Trans­port Author­ity (RTA) and US-based Hyper­loop One, a ri­val to Hyper­loopTT, agreed on Nov 8 to ex­plore routes be­tween Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

A hyper­loop uses mag­nets to lev­i­tate pods in­side an air­less tube, cre­at­ing con­di­tions in which the pods can shut­tle peo­ple and freight at speeds of up to 750 miles (1,200 kms) per hour.

The un­proven tech­nol­ogy is pro­posed as a re­place­ment to ex­ist­ing rail in­fra­struc­ture. The UAE has put on hold plans to build its own na­tional rail network af­ter neigh­bor­ing Gulf coun­tries fell be­hind on their rail projects that were sup­posed to link the six states from Kuwait to Oman.

A hyper­loop route could con­nect Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain in eight to 12 min­utes, ac­cord­ing to a joint DMAT and Hyper­loopTT state­ment. This com­pares to the two hours it takes by car today.

The state­ment said it was “the only ini­tia­tive of its kind that has the sup­port of the gov­ern­ment of Abu Dhabi.” Hyper­loop One is also ex­plor­ing a route in Dubai con­nect­ing the emi­rate’s Expo site for when it hosts the world’s fair in 2020, Cre­ative Di­rec­tor Colin Rhys was quoted as say­ing by lo­cal news­pa­per Gulf News yes­ter­day. How­ever, Rhys later told Reuters he was quoted out of con­text and that Hyper­loop One was not con­sid­er­ing an Expo route. —Reuters

COLOM­BIA: A woman shows wads of 100-bo­li­var-bills to change in La Parada, mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Villa del Rosario, Norte de San­tander depart­ment, Colom­bia, in the bor­der with Venezuela yes­ter­day. Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro on Sun­day signed an emer­gency de­cree or­der­ing the coun­try’s largest ban­knote, the 100 bo­li­var bill, taken out of cir­cu­la­tion to thwart “mafias” he ac­cused of hoard­ing cash in Colom­bia. —AFP

DUBAI: Dubai is set to be home to the world’s first Hyper­loop One trans­port link, which is ex­pected to be­gin op­er­a­tions for pas­sen­gers in 2020. — Hyper­loop One.

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