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Rendering of passengers boarding a hyperloop

Hyperloop One Inc.

Rendering of passengers boarding a hyperloop

Updated at 2:30pm with full presentation

A new high-speed transportation concept that could take passengers from Dubai to Doha in 23 minutes is being unveiled today in the UAE.

The system will allow “UAE passengers to traverse a 150km distance in a matter of minutes through air-cushioned pods speeding through a semi-vacuumed tube,” Gulf News reports.

The idea of a rapid-transit hyperloop was first revived by SpaceX founder Elon Musk in 2013, and several companies have been working since then to make it a reality.

In Dubai, the technology is being developed by Hyperloop One Inc., a US-based firm that is nearing the end of a 12-week program with Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA).

Hyperloop in motion

Hyperloop One Inc.

Hyperloop in motion

The company said its system would use electric propulsion, explaining further that:

“The autonomous vehicle levitates slightly above the track and glides at faster-than-airline speeds over long distances. We eliminate direct emissions, noise, delay, weather concerns and pilot error. It’s the next mode of transportation.”

Though much of the discussion about Dubai’s first hyperloop has revolved around transporting cargo, the US company is planning to debut a passenger experience simulation today.

Speedy transit

This week, it offered a short sneak peek of it on Youtube. The video shows a network of tubes and pods that claim to be able to transport people from Dubai to:

  • Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes;
  • Riyadh in 48 minutes; and
  • Doha in 23 minutes; and
  • Muscat in 27 minutes.

Hyperloop One said it has been working with Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority on developing a high-speed network to reduce congestion and emissions.

According to the company’s website, being part of DFA, a competitive incubation program, gives it access to top Dubai government officials.

It also affords the firm a chance to tap into the emirate’s multi-million dollar Future Endowment Fund.

Previously, cargo officials said Dubai could begin operating a hyperloop to transport goods as early as 2020.

But it is unclear when a passenger transit system would realistically be ready.

UPDATE: Here’s the full presentation:

Thoughts?

Photo for illustrative purposes only.

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.

If you had internet problems yesterday, you weren’t the only one. And this time, it wasn’t Ooredoo’s fault.

Major websites including Twitter, Reddit and Netflix went down temporarily on Friday after a company that provides core internet services for them was attacked.

US-based Dyn said it was subjected to a global distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack yesterday afternoon. The attacks continued well into the evening.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Pascal Klein/Flickr

Photo for illustrative purposes only.

These types of hacks involve flooding target sites with “junk” traffic so that they can no longer serve legitimate visitors.

Qatar

The move appeared to hit parts of the US the hardest, but also left Twitter, Whatsapp and some other services in Qatar on the fritz:

Dyn said it’s been working to resolve the issue and asked customers to check its status updates for more information.

Did you have any internet problems this weekend? Thoughts?

Vodafone Qatar provides free WiFi to 150,000 laborers in Al Khor

Telecom provider Vodafone Qatar has equipped the Al Khor Workers Sports Complex with wireless internet, providing free access to visitors living in the area.

The complex includes cricket grounds, basketball courts, supermarkets, restaurants, cinemas and other amenities and caters to some 150,000 laborers in Al Khor. In a statement, Vodafone said “we are delighted that thousands of workers will benefit from being included in the digital world and very importantly having a means to stay in touch with their loved ones back home.”