How super-fast Hyperloop could connect Abu Dhabi with the GCC

Virgin Hyperloop One want to connect Saudi Arabia with the UAE and beyond

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High-speed rail system Hyperloop is said to be able to transport people from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in just 12 minutes.

While there have been various talks about the eventual system and who will build and operate it, Virgin Hyperloop One seem to be first out of the blocks.

The firm has said that eventually it wants to build a revolutionary "network" connecting the whole of the GCC.

That would open up a whole host of new destinations for short breaks, including Saudi Arabia and Oman without the need to ever board a plane.

Hyperloop uses magnetic levitation to push pod-shaped vehicles through tubes at speeds reaching 300 metres per second.

The pods themselves boast deluxe interiors, cutting-edge entertainment and leather seats.

We might have to wait around five years for it to be a reality, however, as it is still very much in the planning stages.

Amjad Almkhalalati, Virgin Hyperloop One's director of operations, told our sister title Construction Week: “I am hoping to see a big hyperloop network between the GCC, definitely between the UAE and Saudi, one day in the future.”

“I honestly hope to see a demo track in Saudi Arabia and in Dubai built within the next five years.”

Many residents of the UAE would welcome the arrival of the Hyperloop as it would cut the journey time between the two emirates, which is currently about an hour and a half.

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