Hyperloop design contest announced for Dubai-Furjairah commute

Dubai Media Office has announced a competition to design a Hyperloop that links Dubai and Fujairah hosted by the Dubai Future Foundation.

Entitled the ‘Build Earth Live’, the contest will be taking place over 48 hours next month with teams from various international scientific enterprises.

A Hyperloop is a vacuum tunnel that propels commuters between cities at 1,220km per hour. The technology was drawn up by Elon Musk, a rocket scientist and the entrepreneur behind SpaceX – an aerospace manufacturing company.

It was initially proposed by Hyperloop companies as a way of connecting Dubai and Abu Dhabi, though there has been no confirmation on whether this will go ahead.

This announcement is a follow up on previous announcements of futuristic transportation across the UAE, such as the “jet-like” floating pods in Abu Dhabi and driver-less cars.

“Dubai is hosting this global event as part of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make the UAE and Dubai a global platform for innovative minds to come together to create futuristic solutions on issues of relevance to humanity, said His Excellency Mohammed Al Gergawi, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Managing Director of Dubai Future Foundation.

“This contest is a great opportunity to explore innovation ideas in the smart transportation sector.”