Futuristic technology could reduce trip from Dubai to Fujairah to just 10 minutes

Posted: 17-Aug-16 09:10

A plan aimed at cutting transportation time for travellers from Dubai to Fujairah from two hours to just 10 minutes is well underway with the announcement of a Hyperloop competition. Organizers are looking for new ideas on how to make it happen with a global event matching up six teams and more than 100 participants in a 48-hour technological rivalry.

Futuristic technology could reduce trip from Dubai to Fujairah to just 10 minutes

Currently travellers from the east to west emirates can count on a two-hour journey but that could be cut down to mere minutes thanks to “Hyperloop” technology. That’s the term given to a proposed high-tech transport system that could someday make the entire trip last just 10 minutes, linking Dubai to Fujairah.

As explained in a recent online article posted to Time Out Dubai by author Matt Fortune, the Dubai Future Foundation just launched a global competition looking for future transportation ideas to make the Hyperloop a reality. The Dubai Media Office tweeted out details of the competition involving six teams, more than 100 participants and international judges. Coined “Build Earth Live”, the competition will last 48 hours, setting off in the UAE this September.

Backed by world-renowned inventor, engineer and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, the technology stands to involve speeds of up to 1200kph. SpaceX first tested a model in May, coasting an electric powered train through the frictionless magnetic field of a steel or sealed concrete pipe. In the future those pipes could either be below or above ground. The article supplies simple graphics and videos of the concept, plus a graphic of another idea from the company to move things like cargo 10 miles underwater from ships to ports.

According to Peter Diamandis, a tech entrepreneur:

“Hyperloop is about reinventing transportation. This is about the future. Similar to how the mobile phone reinvented the world many times over.”

In relation, the Dubai Future Accelerator was first introduced publicly in July. At a price tag of Dhs 1 billion, the accelerator could possibly include biotechnology, 3D printing and even artificial intelligence. By using futuristic prototypes the plan involves transforming the future with breakthroughs involving the government and companies.

Back in July the Dubai Future Foundation’s managing director said:

“The Dubai Future Accelerator is the most ambitious program in the world. It is designed to link our most powerful and influential government leaders with the world’s most ambitious companies and entrepreneurs to create radical new solutions to change the world.”

Diamandis predicts the UAE could have a functional Hyperloop in operation before 2020, which happens to be the year the Dubai World Expo kicks off, bringing an estimated tens of millions of foreign visitors to the region from dozens of countries around the globe. Tapped as an event that showcases the latest technology and innovations the Hyperloop could be earmarked as one of the most significant reveals for the future of transportation in one of the world’s fastest growing tourist and commercial destinations. It is also another effort to improve the transportation system of this outstanding holiday destination.


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