An Emirati woman presents Pepper, a robot, at a bank, as a part of the Dubai Future Accelerators in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Dubai has already partnered with Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One to examine possible lines going to the United Arab Emirates' capital, Abu Dhabi, and elsewhere.The heart of this effort can be seen around the Emirate Towers, where the office of Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, looks out on a glass skyline that was mainly built in the last 15 years.A hyperloop network could cement its status as a global transit hub for decades to come.Such a system could be in place in Dubai as early as 2020, he said.At the ceremony Tuesday, selected groups involved in the 48-hour hyperloop project presented ideas for a possible track between Al-Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central, Dubai International Airport and Fujairah International Airport. Under their plans, the hyperloop trip of some 145 kilometers over a mountain range would be 10 minutes or less, compared to the current hour and 20 minutes by road.
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