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Abu Dhabi government enters Hyperloop agreement

Abu Dhabi announces Hyperloop feasibility study for high-speed transportation link with Al Ain

A rendering of a what a Hyperloop passenger vehicle might look like at a station.
A rendering of a what a Hyperloop passenger vehicle might look like at a station.

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport (DMAT) has announced plans for a feasibility study for a high-speed Hyperloop transportation link between Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, following an agreement with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT).

The study agreement will have multiple phases, including a detailed route analysis, feasibility study, cost estimate and schedule, due over the coming months.

“We aim to study the feasibility of developing the first Hyperloop system, which is one of the most advanced transportation technologies, expected to reach a top speed of 1,200 kilometers per hour,” said Eng. Khalid Mohamed Hashim, DMAT’s acting executive director for land transport sector.

“We hope to take advantage of this technology to connect the cities of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, which will result in a travel time of about eight to twelve minutes.”

Eng. Hashim continued: “The reinforcement of connectivity between Abu Dhabi and Al Ain is one of the strategic objectives of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, with the aim of stimulating economic, social and touristic development between Al Ain and the capital.”

He added that greater connectivity between the two cities in the emirate would yield numerous benefits, including the reduction in the number of private and transport vehicles and the lowering of the emirate’s emissions profile.

Bibop Gresta, chairman and co-founder of HyperloopTT, said: “Our team’s collaborative efforts from our offices in the UAE and around the world are focused on delivering the world’s fastest, safest and most energy-efficient transportation solution.

HyperloopTT has secured its technology and intellectual property with numerous patents — including trademarks granted in more than 33 countries.

HyperloopTT also has an agreement with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which grants the company an exclusive license to use the laboratory’s passive magnetic levitation technology in the Hyperloop.

Gresta added: “This technology is based on the Halbach Array — a pattern of magnets which produces its own electrical current and levitation for the Hyperloop capsules — the next generation of MagLev technology for safe and sustainable transport.”

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