- The hyperloop system could connect Riyadh to Jeddah in 46 minutes, Riyadh to Dammam in 28 minutes, and Riyadh to Mecca in 41 minutes.
- Colin Rhys, Vice President – Arabian Gulf at Virgin Hyperloop One, will speak at The Big 5 Saudi on March 12, unveiling how Virgin Hyperloop One can serve as the catalyst in achieving the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals.
- Mr. Rhys’ presentation will be part of The Big 5 Saudi 2019’s free and CPD-certified workshop agenda dedicated to “Educating and empowering construction professionals to achieve Saudi Vision 2030”.
- The Big 5 Saudi 2019 will run from 10-13 March at the Jeddah Centre for Forums & Events.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia could become the world’s first national customer of Hyperloop One, benefit from its breakthrough technology and be the first country to develop a national hyperloop network, according to Colin Rhys, Vice President - Arabian Gulf at Virgin Hyperloop One.
Mr. Rhys will unveil how Virgin Hyperloop One can serve as a catalyst in achieving the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals, at The Big 5 Saudi 2019. Anticipating his presentation in Jeddah on March 12, he said:
“Hyperloop One is consistent with the bold transformative ambitions of Vision 2030 and can act as a high-tech catalyzer through its requirements for software, artificial intelligence and computer-based operating systems.
“It will also create a manufacturing hub within the Kingdom with the potential to export hyperloop technologies to new markets and customers as the hyperloop market evolves and it will provide the opportunities for its workforce to leverage their skills both domestically and internationally.”
Hyperloop One could connect Riyadh to Jeddah in 46 minutes, Riyadh to Dammam in 28 minutes, Riyadh to Mecca in 41 minutes, Riyadh to NEOM in 58 minutes, and Riyadh to Abu Dhabi in 50 minutes. Passengers would travel at airline speeds at ground level, in comfort and safety in specially designed transport units called pods with ticket pricing being commensurate with existing forms of mass passenger transport.
The new transportation system in the Kingdom is expected to provide a significant GDP uplift via the provision of high-tech jobs and opportunities for its young people, as well as the provision of business and partnership opportunities for Saudi entrepreneurs.
Mr. Rhys added:
"HRH Prince Mohammed Bin Salman al-Saud and his senior team visited Hyperloop One in California in April 2018 and witnessed first-hand the company’s technologies and capabilities, as well as met the engineering team who have created the world’s first and only hyperloop system.“
“Recognising the importance of learning from the young people of the Kingdom, Hyperloop One partnered with MiSK in the summer of 2018 to offer 21 internships at the company’s LA campus for Saudi nationals; three of those interns now have permanent roles at Hyperloop One.”
More about Virgin Hyperloop One’s plans in Saudi Arabia will be disclosed at The Big 5 Saudi, the Kingdom’s premier construction event, where the Vice President - Arabian Gulf at Virgin Hyperloop One will deliver a much-anticipated presentation titled, “Transformation Through Transportation.”
The seminar will be part the record-breaking education agenda offered by The Big 5 Saudi 2019, fully dedicated to “educating and empowering construction professionals to achieve Saudi Vision 2030”.
From 10-13 March at the Jeddah Centre for Forums & Events, 80 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) certified and free to attend workshops will be delivered by local and international experts. The educational sessions will focus on nine major themes: General Construction, Project Management, Sustainability, Architecture & Design, HVAC-R, Solar, Technology, Smart Cities, and Women in Construction.
At the event, the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), the Saudi Building Code National Committee (SBCNC), and the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) will also provide crucial intelligence to local and international participants, paving the way for the future development of the Saudi construction industry.
An ideal platform for construction industry professionals to network, secure qualified leads and close business deals in the largest and most populous GCC country, The Big 5 Saudi 2019 is expected to attract 15,000 visitors, hosting over 300 manufacturers of construction products from around the world. More than 100 top Saudi construction players will also exhibit at the show, displaying the latest technologies and building solutions across eight dedicated product sectors.
The Big 5 Saudi 2019 is sponsored by Al Fouzan Trading & General Construction Co. (Gold Sponsor), Al Salem Johnson Controls and York (Registration Sponsor), GASCO (Official Sponsor), BIM Object (Official Show Guide Sponsor), and supported by the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), the Saudi Building Code National Committee (SBCNC), the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO), Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) and the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce.
Organised by dmg events, the ninth edition of The Big 5 Saudi will take place from 10-13 March at the Jeddah Centre for Forums & Events.
To know more about The Big 5 Saudi, www.thebig5saudi.com.
Note to the editors:
Media interview requests for Colin Rhys, Vice President – Arabian Gulf, Virgin Hyperloop One, shall be directed to Sarah Iskander at [email protected].