EN­TER A NEW AGE

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Elon Musk’s seem­ingly far-fetched Hy­per­loop the­ory – the view to one day use an ul­tra-fast trans­port sys­tem to move pas­sen­gers all around the world – is now be­ing tested on full scale by the start-up, Hy­per­loop One, in Dubai. This has in­cluded agree­ments with gov­ern­ments in Rus­sia, Fin­land and Dubai to ex­plore the new tech­nol­ogy’s po­ten­tial on var­i­ous scales, with the lat­ter pos­si­bly grow­ing to em­body a blaz­ingly fast trans­port network across the Gulf re­gion. It is hoped that this phase is just the first step for the new travel tech, with Hy­per­loop One har­bour­ing am­bi­tions of connecting cities across the Mid­dle East. This would in­clude a 12-minute jour­ney be­tween Abu Dhabi and Dubai, a 139 km trip that cur­rently takes around an hour and a half by road.

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