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WATCH: Travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes

Middle East

Dubai - In a first look at what travelling on a Hyperloop will really be like, stunning new concepts for the first commercial use of Elon Musk’s radical transport system were revealed this week.

They show small levitating Hyperloop pods that hurtle through tunnels at 1 220km/h and then drive on normal roads to complete journeys to and from stunning stations.

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A sketch of billionaire Elon Musk's proposed Hyperloop transport system.

The futuristic city-state of Dubai announced a deal with Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One, to study the potential for building a line linking it to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital of Abu Dhabi.

The city hosted a competition for designs related to the high-speed system first proposed by Tesla co-founder Elon Musk in 2013.

Organisers suggest the Dubai-Abu to Dhabi travel time by Hyperloop would be only 12 minutes, significantly down from the hour-plus journey it now takes by car.

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