UAE to Construct the World’s First Skyrail Transit System

UAE would soon unveil the world's first skyrail transit system.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is expected to strengthen its hold of being the top tourist destination in the Gulf Cooperation Council. This after the UAE government gave the green light to construct a Skyrail transit system that will pass through the skyscrapers of Dubai.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, revealed on Twitter that the Skyrail project would cover 15 kilometers. Each sky pod is projected to transport approximately 8,400 passengers per hour along with the skyscrapers of Dubai through 21 stations.

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“Today, we have adopted a series of development projects to complete the construction of the most beautiful city in the world. Dubai Skyway is a 15-km passenger transport system between Dubai’s beautiful towers and a total of 21 passenger terminals. A pleasant, exhilarating and exciting trip,” Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum wrote in Arabic.

Earlier this year, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum along with Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, examined the design of the Sky Pod, which was shown at the World Government Summit in February.

The suspended transit system constructed by SkyWay Technologies Co. will connect Downtown and Business Bay to Dubai’s Financial Center. It will also come with built-in sky pods which can provide passengers a unique view of some of Dubai’s most famous landmarks such as the Museum of the Future and the Burj Khalifa.

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Reports say that the Sky Pod will come in two models, specifically the Unibus and the Unibike designs. The Unibus is predicted to cater to at least 24 passengers at a time while the Unibike will be operated physically next to suspended rails throughout the city.

According to sources within the industry, the creation of sky rails is a welcome development towards realizing the goal of converting 25 percent of total journeys in the nation into free trips by the year 2030. The move is in line with the broad strategic objectives of Dubai to position itself as the leading city for global innovation. Experts project that the move is expected to lead to a 13 percent increase in individual productivity hours and a 44 percent decrease in transportation costs and travel hours on the road.

Also, it is also anticipated to trim down the number of driving accidents in the UAE and the economic losses that are associated with it. While the formulation of advanced traffic control systems has minimized land traffic in the UAE, there are still a considerable amount of people who died on road accidents. About 59 individuals lost their lives in the UAE last year due to driving with 495 others injured.

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