Dubai signs deal on high speed skytrain


Skytrain, Bangkok in Thailand

Dubai already has almost every conceivable method of getting around, apart from a skytrain.

That could soon change as the emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) signs a deal with a company that provides suspended transport systems – aka skytrains.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the RTA and Skytran.

The transport firm would develop Sky Pod units operated by Maglev technology – short for magnetic levitation – that uses two sets of magnets to propel the train. A prototype bullet train recently pioneered in China using this technology is said to be capable of reaching speeds of 600 kmph.

OK, we probably don’t need to get around Dubai that quickly, but it could speed up our journey to the office.

Other cities with a skytrain system include Bangkok in Thailand (pictured), where the service launched in 1999. In 2016, Miral announced a partnership with Skytran to look at connecting destinations and attractions on Yas Island.

We recently posted a series of videos about new building projects that were planned or underway in Dubai. One of those included ‘Skypods’ as part of an integrated system. The computer-generated visuals showed some stunning scenes of the suspended capsules floating past the Burj Khalifa. Step one complete then?

Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, CEO of the RTA’s Rail Agency, says the skytrain “will enhance the integration of public transport systems, which in turn will boost the economic growth, attract more investments and improve the standard of living in Dubai.”

Dubai aims to make 25 per cent of all journeys automated by 2030 and is already developing driverless taxis and pods that link up to connect commuters.

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