Construction date set for world’s first Hyperloop

Innovation — 12.12.18 BY Jill Stockbridge

The world’s first Hyperloop will be begin construction in Abu Dhabi in 2019.

To the great excitement of residents of the UAE, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT, HTT) and leading design consultant Dar Al-Handasah will begin construction of the world’s first commercial Hyperloop system in Abu Dhabi in the third quarter of 2019.

Hyperloop is a system that moves people and goods at unprecedented speeds, safely, efficiently, and sustainably. The cutting-edge project employs passive magnetic levitation to raise passenger pods, eliminating friction issues, and uses electromagnetic propulsion to move the hovering pods through a network of low-pressure tubes, designed to reduce air compression as the pod travels at high speeds between cities. The result is a fast, safe system that is silent and emission free.


Earlier this year, HyperloopTT signed an MoU with Aldar Properties, which will allow for the creation of a new HyperloopTT centre including; a full scale commercial Hyperloop system, an XO Square Innovation Centre and Hyperloop Experience Centre. The proposed site is located on the border of the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, close to the Expo 2020 site and Al Maktoum International Airport.

But before those who regularly commute between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, by vehicle or aircraft, get too excited, please note that the first Hyperloop is planned to run from Abu Dhabi to the city of Al Ain. There is no word on the mass transit system being extended to its neighbouring emirate yet, although this was mooted by rival Virgin Hyperloop One, who launched feasibility studies two years ago.


HTT has suggested that it wants to build a high-speed transportation system across the Middle East to reduce the travel time between the UAE and neighbouring countries, particularly Saudi Arabia.