On August 15, DP World and Hyperloop One announced an angreement has been signed to explore how Hyperloop technology could help transport cargo from the ships at Jebel Ali Port to a new container depot 29 kilometers inland.

Indeed, the all-electric, emission-free technology using pods could "help DP World free up valuable space on the quay side and relieve Dubai's roads of congestion"; moreover, Hyperloop cargo offloader would also eliminate a great deal of carbon emissions and other pollutants, explains Hyperloop One in their press release. They added that "Hyperloop could unlock the benefits of inland dry ports while offering greater reliability, capacity, and speed than rail."

"We believe we can increase the volume of freight DP World moves through the port, which supports more revenue and profit for all stakeholders," said Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One. At first, a feasibility study will be conducted in order to ''investigate the business case, route options and cost to build and operate the system.'' Engineers are even toying with the idea of having Hyperloop tubes submerged under water to connect Jebel Ali's new island Terminal 4 to destinations on land. This feasibility study is the first one in the Gulf region and the fifth one to date, with other four currently taking place in Finland, Sweden, Russia, Switzerland, and the United States.

"This is about testing in real terms how much it costs and how much we can save because if it works in Dubai, we will do it in Africa, India and across Asia," said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World. "I believe in the Hyperloop. I believe it's the future."

Aug. 24, 2016 Driving photo: Hyperloop One

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