Kate-Lynne Wolmarans25 Apr 2018 AT 11:45 AM

Hyperloop to transit passengers between Dubai's airports in six minutes

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Kate-Lynne Wolmarans25 Apr 2018 AT 11:45 AM
Dubai International Airport
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Dubai International Airport
Al Maktoum International Airport
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Al Maktoum International Airport

There's nothing like booking a flight, making your way to the airport and realising that you've gone to the WRONG airport. That moment when your heart drops is great, really great. We're being sarcastic obviously. 

If you've made the mistake of venturing to Al Maktoum International Airport when you should have gone to Dubai International Airport, you'd be happy to note that Dubai is looking to develop a new Hyperloop that will cut the travel time between both airports down from 45 minutes to just six. 

"Looking to the future, having both Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) as key stations on the Hyperloop system is essential," explains Michael Ibbitson, Executive Vice President of Infrastructure and Technology Dubai Airports.

Adding that: "At present, Emirates only operates from Dubai International Airport but the implementation of a Hyperloop system between both airports could allow the airline to effectively and efficiently work from both hubs.”

News of the new Hyperloop route comes shortly after Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and Aldar Properties signed an agreement to start the construction phase of a 10km route that will run close to the Expo 2020 site and the Al Maktoum International Airport . 

Speaking on the news at the time, Bibop Gresta, chairman of HyperloopTT said: "This agreement creates the basis for the first commercial Hyperloop system in the world here in the Emirates, with the goal of eventually connecting Abu Dhabi to Al Ain, Dubai, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia."

He added: "With regulatory support, we hope the first section will be operational in time for Expo 2020."

If you're new to the magic that is the Hyperloop, here's what you need to know. 

  • The concept of Hyperloop was developed by scientist and entrepreneur Elon Musk.
  • Construction of the first full-scale passenger and freight prototype system began earlier this month in Toulouse, France. The delivery of the first passenger capsule is expected to arrive later this year.
  • The developers promise that the technology used will be affordable and sustainable as it will run on renewable sources of energy. 

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