Dubai has taken the first step to reach the future of mobility after the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) signed an agreement with Hyperloop One on Tuesday “to create new means of mobility that will make travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi happen in just 12 minutes.”

Dubai will be the first city in the world to have a fully-operational Hyperloop system and this could happen in the next five years.

Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of the RTA, said the partnership will put Dubai at the forefront of future mobility.

“With Hyperloop One, we will create a new means of transportation, keeping our region at the forefront of transportation technology and innovation,” Al Tayer said.

“This (hyperloop system) is an opportunity to help transform the UAE from a technology consumer to a technology creator, incubating expertise for a new global industry, in line with the UAE’s Vision 2021,” he added. Under the agreement, Hyperloop One will work with McKinsey & Co and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) – a multi-national team of architects and engineers – on a detailed feasibility study sponsored by the RTA.

The agreement moves the company into its second stage of progress in the UAE, having been invited to participate in the Dubai Future Foundation, culminating in a recent presentation of Hyperloop One’s vision to His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. More info

By Angel Tesorero