Five transport systems arrive in the United Arab Emirates

From skypods to driverless cars, a rail connecting the seven emirates and more …

As we approach the Great Golden Jubilee, the UAE is not content to look back on all of its accomplishments, but is planning for the next 50 years.

The UAE is already home to a number of public transportation systems, including water taxis, a metro, a tram and a monorail, but they will soon be home to many more.

On Instagram, the United Arab Emirates 50th anniversary celebrations The official page shared a video describing what citizens, residents and visitors can expect over the next 50 years.

Abu Dhabi

Etihad Rail

One of its most ambitious travel plans is the 1200 km Etihad Rail network.

The Etihad Rail project started in 2009 and the first phase, which covers a section of track between Shah and Habshan to the port of Ruwais in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, became operational in 2016.

When completed, it will assemble the seven emirates with a passenger and freight transport route, taking service from the east coast of Fujairah to the far reaches of Saudi Arabia.

Work on the second phase (which is split into packages A, B, C and D) started in early 2021 and this is where things get exciting for the other emirates. Some of the stops along the journey will include Abu Dhabi, KIZAD, Khalifa Port, Jebel Ali Port, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras al Khaimah and Fujairah, in conjunction with the existing line at Ruwais, effectively uniting major industrial ports and shopping centers in the country.

Learn more about this project here.


Cable car system coming soon

On June 7, 2021, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) signed a memorandum of understanding with Zhong Tang Sky Railway Group, a leading company of the suspended railway enterprise, with the aim of bringing a transport network futuristic hanging in Dubai.

The signing of the protocol is part of RTA’s continued efforts to increase public transport travel to 26% by 2030, with the ultimate goal being to rank Dubai as the best place to live and do business, a destination for visitors and the smarter, happiest city. in the world.


It can take up to two hours to drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. With the arrival of the Hyperloop, passengers can reach Abu Dhabi from Dubai in just 12 minutes.

The train can reach speeds of up to 1000 km / h, which is three times faster than high speed train and more than 10 times faster than traditional train.

An animated video shared by Virgin Hyperloop in January this year shows exactly what it will be like to take the super-fast transport.

Read more here.

In addition… Dubai will soon welcome driverless taxis

In April 2021, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council announced the signing of an agreement between the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) and Cruise, an autonomous vehicle leading United States-based. company that will operate autonomous taxis and carpooling services in the emirate.

The deal will make Dubai the first non-US city in the world where Cruise will commercially operate these vehicles.

These autonomous vehicles are expected to significantly improve road safety levels, as more than 90% of accidents are due to human error. The vehicles are fully electric, environmentally friendly, and capable of serving a wide range of customers from different segments of the community, including the elderly and the determined.

The agreement supports Dubai’s 2030 vision for autonomous driving technology.

Read more here.


Celestial pods

Sharjah pods

Sharjah’s high-speed electric sky pods will not only carry passengers between the emirates, but also cargo at speeds ranging from 150 km / h to 500 km / h.

SkyWays or Unicars as it is named is a suspended transport system made up of individual unicars connected by a long cable suspended above the ground.

In October 2019, His Royal Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme and Sovereign Council of Sharjah, visited the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP) during the trial of the new suspended transport system of cable car style.

During the test phase, the cars only traveled a short distance but when completed they will travel 2.8 kilometers from the start of the park (Sharjah Airport Road) to the end (Muwaileh Road). Once successful, the government is expected to announce the construction of its roads in the city with further plans for pods to connect with other emirates.

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