Travel from Saudi Arabia to the UAE ‘in 80 minutes’ – without getting on a plane

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One day, you may be able to travel from the Saudi capital of Riyadh to the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi within 80 minutes, without having to board a plane.

It may seem impossible, but the firm Hyperloop One has announced the launch of experiments on future projects that will enable people to travel faster than by plane and at a cheaper cost.

Delivering a speech to the Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit in Abu Dhabi this week, Nick Earle, senior vice president of Hyperloop One’s global operations, said the company will aim for about a third of the GCC's cargo transportation market.

“As the only company in the world building an operational Hyperloop system, Hyperloop One is focused on creating a new mode of transportation to move people and cargo,” Earle said, according to Arabian Business.

“Hyperloop One changes everything. We're committed to enabling disruption to create new opportunities in manufacturing, warehousing and supply chain distribution. Hyperloop will drive significant value for a wide range of businesses and reinvent transportation as we know it.”

The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Los Angeles. The project began tests in the Nevada desert, and the company aims for passengers to be able to travel from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in no more than 10 to 20 minutes, and no more than 90 minutes to travel between Gulf cities.

A hyperloop has levitating pods powered by electricity and magnetism that hurtle through low-friction pipes at a top speed of 1,220 kph (760 mph). Tesla co-founder Elon Musk first proposed the idea in 2013.

(With AP)