Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is set to begin construction of the world's first commercial hyperloop system in Abu Dhabi in the third quarter of next year.
The news was announced as the company said it had appointed leading design and engineering firm, Dar Al-Handasah to assist in bringing the innovative transport system to reality.
Dar Al-Handasah joins the project as design lead and as the latest investor in HyperloopTT.
Its team includes other Dar Group members: Perkins+Will (architects), T.Y. Lin International (engineers), GPO Group (engineers) and Currie & Brown (cost management consultants).
Earlier this year, HyperloopTT signed an MoU with Abu Dhabi property developer Aldar Properties, which will allow for the creation of a new HyperloopTT centre including; a full scale commercial Hyperloop system, an XO Square Innovation Center and Hyperloop Experience Center.
The proposed site within Aldar’s Seih Al Sderieh landbank is located on the border of the Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, close to the Expo 2020 site and Al Maktoum International Airport.
“We are bringing the future of rapid transportation technology to all those living in the UAE,” said HyperloopTT Chairman Bibop Gresta, “As we move forward with the system we invite other interested organisations in the region and around the world to join us in making history.”
HyperloopTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn, said: “With today’s announcement of the appointment of Dar Al-Handasah, Perkins and Wills, and Currie and Brown, we have achieved a significant milestone towards the construction of the world’s first commercial Hyperloop system in Alghadeer.
“We are looking forward to working with all of our regional stakeholders to build this historic piece of transportation infrastructure.”
Talal Shair, Chairman of Dar Group, added: "We are extremely honoured to be part of this global movement in mobility and rapid transportation and are looking forward to collaborating with HyperloopTT to deliver a truly iconic project in Abu Dhabi."