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Virgin Hyperloop to feature passenger pod simulation at Expo 2020
Virgin Hyperloop will feature pods that physically simulate how it would feel to ride a Virgin Hyperloop One system.
UAE and Abu Dhabi finance departments sign agreement for financing Stage 2 of Etihad Rail network
Stage Two will extend 605 kilometres from Ghuweifat on the border with Saudi Arabia to Fujairah on the east coast, to be followed by future route additions.
DP World’s Bin Sulayem replaces Richard Branson as Hyperloop One chairman
The senior management appointments bring the company under the direct leadership of DP World, which in April signed a MoU with Virgin Hyperloop One to be the cargo carrying arm of the company as DP World CargoSpeed.
Kuwait hires advisor for design of 111km mega rail project
Kuwait Public Authority for Roads and Transportation wants a budget of US $59-million for the advisor.
HyperloopTT appoints design firm for Abu Dhabi system
UAE edges nearer to having a fully operational Hyperloop transport system as design and engineering firm appointed for Abu Dhabi project.
Virgin Hyperloop One is commercially viable, study shows
DP World signed a deal in April with Virgin Hyperloop One to create a global firm that will build high-speed cargo delivery systems
Hyperloop passenger pod for Dubai-Abu Dhabi route unveiled
The QuinteroOne is 32-metres long and weighs 5 tonnes. It is intended to whisk passengers between Dubai and Abu Dhabi at the speed of sound, Mach 1, or 1,230kph.
King Salman inaugurates Saudi Arabia’s Haramain Express rail line
The Haramain Express is the first high-speed train to operate in the region offering connections between five stations in Makkah, Jeddah, King Abdul Aziz International Airport, King Abdullah Economic City and Madinah.
Dubai Metro will take delivery of first of 50 new train sets in November
The first of 50 new trains for the Dubai Metro will be delivered between November, 2018 and October, 2019 in gear-up for Expo 2020.
Fares announced for Haramain train ahead of October 1st launch date
The Haramain high-speed train will start commercial operations on October 1, 2018, Public Transport Authority chief Rumaih Al-Rumaih has announced.
Alstom wins contract to operate Riyadh Metro lines
Alstom, part of the FLOW Consortium, has secured the Operation and Maintenance Contract for lines 3, 4, 5 & 6 of Riyadh Metro.
Podcast: Is construction in the GCC rail sector on track?
Railway projects are gathering pace in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, but similar infrastructure schemes in Bahrain and Kuwait have faced delays – so, is rail on track in the Middle East?

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