VIRGIN HYPERLOOP ONE AIMS TO CONNECT THE GCC
October 7, 2019
Can you imagine traveling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 11 minutes or Abu Dhabi to Riyadh in 48 minutes?
Virgin Hyperloop One aims to connect the GCC region with a futuristic transit system in both the UAE and India. On Sunday, Harj Dhaliwal, managing director for Middle East and India at Virgin Hyperloop One, said “We have a vision to connect Gulf region which will enable travelling from Abu Dhabi to Riyadh in 48 minutes and from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 11 minutes. It will gives an unparalleled advantage on how the whole region, when it is connected, can become an effective zone economically.”
The company is closely working with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai. Virgin Hyperloop One plans to launch the service by 2027-28 within the UAE and GCC. Dhaliwal also said “there is also opportunity to connect Dubai International airport to Al Maktoum airport and better connectivity of Dubai International to Dubai South after Expo 2020. If you can connect Dubai South to Dubai in just six months, it will make Dubai amazingly accessible for the residents and tourists,” he added.
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At the @worldenergycongress in Abu Dhabi, we showcased the future of transportation with @dpworld. A Virgin Hyperloop One system could transport passengers safely, quickly, and with zero direct emissions – connecting the Gulf so that no two cities are more than an hour apart. // قمنا خلال 24th World Energy Congress باستعراض مستقبل قطاع النقال مع DP World. يمكن لنظام فيرجن هايبرلوب ون نقل الركاب بأمان وسرعة وبدون أي انبعاثات كربونية مباشرة، بالإضافة إلى ربط منطقة الخليج العربي بحيث لا يستغرق السفر من مدينة إلى أخرى أكثر من ساعة.
The hyperloop project in India is proposed to start next year between Mumbai and Pune and is expected to be done by 2024 and then follows with construction for the complete project which is aims for a 2028 for commercial launch.
However, Dhaliwal said that the GCC project could complete sooner than India, stating “We started India ahead of GCC but it is taking more time to start there; procedures and approvals are faster here in the GCC and the track record is quite amazing”. Either way, this is amazing.
You had us at 11 minutes.