Hyperloop Transportation Technologies announced the appointment of design and engineering firm, Dar Al-Handasah (founding member of the Dar Group), to assist in bringing the Abu Dhabi commercial system to reality. Dar Al-Handasah joins the project as design lead and as the latest investor in HyperloopTT. Dar Al-Handasah's team includes Dar Group members Perkins+Will (architects, USA), T.Y. Lin International (engineers, USA), GPO Group (engineers, Spain), and Currie & Brown (cost management consultants, UK). Construction of the Hyperloop commercial track as well as HyperloopTT's XO Square Innovation Center and Hyperloop Experience Center is targeted to begin in Q3 2019.
Earlier this year, HyperloopTT signed an MoU with Aldar Properties, which, when executed, will allow for the creation of a new HyperloopTT center including a full-scale commercial Hyperloop system, an XO Square Innovation Center, and Hyperloop Experience Center. The proposed site within Aldar's Seih Al Sderieh landbank is also located on the border of the Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, close to the Expo 2020 site and Al Maktoum International Airport.