Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) revealed the signing of an agreement with Aldar Properties, one of the leading real estate developers in Abu Dhabi, which will allow HyperloopTT to start construction of a Hyperloop system as well as HyperloopTT's XO Square Innovation Center, and a Hyperloop Visitor Center.
The construction site is located in Aldar's Seih Al Sdeirah landbank in Abu Dhabi and in close proximity to the residential development Alghadeer. It is conveniently located on the border of the Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, close to the Expo 2020 site and Al Maktoum International Airport.
HyperloopTT plans construction of the line in several phases starting within the 10 kilometer allocation, with further development aimed at creating a commercial Hyperloop network across the Emirates and beyond.
“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,” said Bibop Gresta, chairman of HyperloopTT. “With regulatory support, we hope the first section will be operational in time for Expo 2020.”
Talal Al Dhiyebi, chief executive officer of Aldar Properties said: “Alghadeer sits at such a strategic point within the UAE – close to major growth areas of both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, that it makes sense to pair it with rapid transport opportunities. We believe that Hyperloop technology can have a major positive impact on the lives of all of those living within our communities, and we look forward to this possibility becoming a reality.”
Earlier this month HyperloopTT began construction of the first full-scale passenger and freight prototype system in Toulouse, France, and expects delivery of the first passenger capsule later this year. The capsule will be assembled and optimized in Toulouse, France, prior to use in the Emirates.