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Abu Dhabi Plans 1200Km/Hour Rail Transport

UAE has signed a second Hyperloop deal. UAE has signed a second Hyperloop deal.

Persian Gulf city state Abu Dhabi has signed the United Arab Emirates’ second hyperloop feasibility study to build a futuristic high-speed rail 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 November 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 cargo at speeds of up to 1,200 km 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 Persian 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, according to a report in the local newspaper Gulf News on Monday.

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