HyperloopTT plans to begin construction on Abu Dhabi's first commercial hyperloop in Q3 of next year.
The crowd-sourced hyperloop has appointed design and engineering firm, Dar Al-Handasah as design lead for the project.
Construction will begin in Q3 2019 with the Hyperloop commercial track as well as HyperloopTT's XO Square Innovation Center and Hyperloop Experience Center.
Dar Al-Handasah, part of the Dar Group consultancy, has also joined the HyperloopTT project as an investor.
Earlier this year, HyperloopTT signed an MoU with Aldar Properties, Abu Dhabi's leading listed property development, investment and management company, which, when executed, 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 also conveniently 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, "Today's announcement is a testament to the continued commitment and determination of all our partners, both within the UAE and abroad. 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."
"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," said HyperloopTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn. "We are looking forward to working with all of our regional stakeholders to build this historic piece of transportation infrastructure."
"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," said Talal Shair, Chairman of Dar Group.