The hyperloop dream in the UAE is one step closer to reality after the company completed its first test including human passengers.
Two passengers hit 160kmp/h during the 500m journey along a Hyperloop section in Nevada, Las Vegas.
And when finished, it’s hoped the UAE Hyperloop system will be able to get you from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes!
The technology uses magnets and vacuum technology to reach speeds of up to 1,200kmp/h. And the new system could transport around 10,000 people an hour.
“Today’s successful passenger testing brings us one step closer to commercial hyperloop projects in the Gulf region,” said Harj Dhaliwal, Managing Director of the Middle East and India for Virgin Hyperloop. “Fundamentally, hyperloop is about so much more than the technology. It’s about what it enables. The potential is enormous for the GCC to lead the world in hyperloop manufacturing, investment, and job creation.”
“I had the true pleasure of seeing history made before my very eyes – to witness the first new mode of mass transportation in over 100 years come to life,” said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Virgin Hyperloop and Group Chairman and CEO of DP World. “I have always had tremendous faith in the team at Virgin Hyperloop to transform this technology into a safe system. And today we have done that. We are one step closer to ushering in a new era of ultra-fast, sustainable movement of people and goods.”