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Hyperloop Pods and Portals in Dubai

Hyperloop Autonomous Transportation System UAE – design by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

Nov 8, 2016

Hyperloop Pods and Portals in Dubai by BIG

Design: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

Location: Dubai, UAE

Hyperloop Pods and Portals in Dubai by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group


November 8th, 2016 – BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group unveils the design for autonomous transportation system and the world’s first Hyperloop pods and portals in Dubai, UAE just as Hyperloop One inks major deal with Dubai Roads and Transport Authority.

Hyperloop One has partnered with BIG on a detailed feasibility study financed by the RTA. Since May 2016, the team has been working on a concept for autonomous transportation in the UAE, including designs for the world’s first Hyperloop One Portals and Hyperloop One Pods that take passengers from downtown Dubai to downtown Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes, instead of a two-hour drive.

Hyperloop Pods and Portals in Dubai

“Together with BIG, we have worked on a seamless experience that starts the moment you think about being somewhere – not going somewhere,” said Josh Giegel, President of Engineering, Hyperloop One. “We don’t sell cars, boats, trains, or planes. We sell time.” The design is based on a study of how an urban and inter-city transport network should integrate with existing infrastructure.

Hyperloop Pods and Portals in Dubai

Hyperloop is autonomous, point-to-point and vastly simplifies the experience of getting from front-door to final destination. The locations of the initial route in the UAE are selected by passenger density and proximity to existing or planned transportation hubs. All of the portals are designed as individual answers to different contexts, yet appear similar and easily recognizable. “With Hyperloop One we have given form to a mobility ecosystem of pods and portals, where the waiting hall has vanished along with waiting itself.

Hyperloop Pods and Portals in Dubai

Hyperloop One combines collective commuting with individual freedom at near supersonic speed. We are heading for a future where our mental map of the city is completely reconfigured, as our habitual understanding of distance and proximity – time and space – is warped by this virgin form of travel.” Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG. All elements of the travel experience are designed to increase convenience and reduce interruptions. The main objective of the design is to eliminate waiting from the passenger experience. Hence, the stations are called portals. All departure gates are immediately visible upon entering the portal, and a simple numbering system allows passengers to quickly identify them. Passengers will travel in pods that have room for 6 people. The pods are contained within a transporter, a pressure vessel attached to a chassis for levitation and propulsion that can accelerate the transporter to 1,100km/h.

“Hyperloop is about creating a love for the new possibilities out there. With Hyperloop, city planning can happen far from the city centers as physical distances are virtually eliminated,” BIG Partner and Head of BIG Ideas Jakob Lange added. “And we are not waiting for new technology to realize it. We have everything we need.“

Hyperloop Pods and Portals in Dubai

Passengers board the next pod that is available, which moves onto a transporter to their final destination. The relatively small unit-size of the pods paired with a high arrival- and departure-rate allows for on-demand travel. Different interior environments and seating arrangements offer passengers a travel experience tailored to their needs, whether travelling solo or in groups, for business meetings or casual trips.

Hyperloop Pods and Portals in Dubai

The pods operate autonomously from the transporter, which means they are not limited to the portal area and can move on regular roads and pick up passengers at any point. At portals, pods are loaded onto the transporter and hyperjump to another portal, where they merge onto the street and drop passengers off at their final destination.

Hyperloop Pods and Portals in Dubai

About BIG
BIG is a Copenhagen and New York-based group of architects, designers, builders, and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, interior design, landscape design, product design, research and development. The office is currently involved in a large number of projects throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes. Other projects include Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, 2 World Trade Center in NYC and a flood protection system around Lower Manhattan.

About Hyperloop One
Hyperloop One is reinventing transportation by developing the world’s first Hyperloop, an integrated structure to move passengers and cargo between two points immediately, safely, efficiently and sustainably. The Hyperloop team has the world’s leading experts in engineering, technology and transport project delivery, working in tandem with global partners and investors to make Hyperloop a reality, now. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company is led by CEO Rob Lloyd and co-founded by Executive Chairman Shervin Pishevar and President of Engineering Josh Giegel. For more information, please visit

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