UAE to Begin Construction of World’s First Skyrail Transit System

With constant planning and a visionary approach, the UAE government has taken great strides in terms of innovations and initiatives that determine global direction in various sectors of society and decision-making.

ALSO READ: WATCH: Futuristic Sky Pods Zoom Over Dubai Landmarks

As one of the global leaders of this generation, the UAE aspires to lead in developing initiatives that represent the modern times, as reflected in sectors of society where it may have unique uses and features to benefit greatly from.

UAE Gov’t Approves Construction of Skyrail Transit System

In a series of tweets by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the UAE is now set to build a skyrail project that will move through Dubai’s skyscrapers.

The ambitious skyrail project is believed to span 15 kilometres and will transport up to 8,400 passengers per hour on either direction along Dubai’s skyscrapers via 21 stations.

Designed by Belarus company, SkyWay Technologies Co., the suspended transit system will link Dubai Financial Centre, Downtown and Business Bay, which also provides passengers a unique view of the city as the “sky pods” zoom through important landmarks across Dubai, which include the Burj Khalifa and the Museum of the Future, among others.

According to the announcement, the pods will have a maximum speed of 150 kilometers per hour, servicing 17,000 passengers an hour.

Back in February, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, together with Crown Prince of Dubai, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, checked out the prototypes of the Sky Pod presented at the World Government Summit.

At present, sources revealed that there will be two models of the Sky Pod, the Unibus and the Unibike, wherein the former is expected to accommodate up to 24 passengers at a time, and the latter can be manually operated along suspended rails across the city.

With the government aiming to convert 25 percent of the total journeys in the emirate into “autonomous” journeys by 2030, the creation of this project will surely be a welcome development towards realizing this goal.

With the creation of an advanced traffic control system to manage public transportation movement in the city, and the capability to maximize the air traffic through flying taxis, and now, the Sky Pods. Surely, only great things are to be expected to come out from all this.


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