Construction Week Viewpoint unpicks the latest hyperloop developments in the Middle East as regional leaders eye the rapid transport system's promise to revolutionise travel and trade.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (Hyperloop TT) and Virgin Hyperloop One made heads turn this year, with both companies accelerating respective plans to develop high-speed transport systems in the UAE. 

Hyperloop TT signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi-based developer Aldar in April to develop what will be among the world's first hyperloop systems. 

Virgin Hyperloop One and DP World recently created a new company called DP World Cargospeed, which will develop an ultra-fast cargo transport network in Dubai, although a construction timeline has not been announced.

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With a flurry of hyperloop-related news doing the rounds, Construction Week Viewpoint aims to put the latest developments into context. In the latest episode of the weekly podcast, issues of hyperloop safety, financing, feasibility, and construction targets go under the microscope..

The podcast is hosted by Construction Week’s deputy editor, Oscar Rousseau, and ConstructionWeekOnline’s editor, Jumana Abdel-Razzaq.

Listeners can tune in from their phone, desktop, or tablet at noon every Monday to learn more about the biggest issues in the business, including solar energy infrastructure, the decline in major onsite accidents, and why exclusive CW statistics point to a growing skills gap in the region.

Listen to the series so far here.

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