Dubai to Explore ‘Sky Rail’ with Chinese Company

City in early talks with Zhong Tang Sky Railway Group on futuristic transport network

Dubai has signed an early-stage deal with a Chinese ‘sky rail’ company to look at bringing a new transport network to the emirate.

The Roads and Transport Authority and Zhong Tang Sky Railway Group will explore “futuristic transport systems”.

Zhong Tang group is behind a project that was trialled in Chendgu, which made headlines for its cute panda-themed carriages.

It is understood the company’s sky pod design is one of five under consideration for Dubai.

We aim to develop advanced futuristic transport systems and improve the sustainable transport network to encourage people to use public transport

Abdul Mohsen Younes, Roads and Transport Authority

“Realising this objective requires developing advanced futuristic transport systems and improving the sustainable transport network in Dubai to encourage people to use public transport,” said Abdul Mohsen Younes, chief executive of the RTA’s Rail Agency.

“The ultimate objective is to rank Dubai as the best place for living and business, a destination for visitors, and the smartest and happiest city in the world.”

The suspended monorail in Chengdu runs five metres off the ground and reached speeds of about 60km per hour during testing. It is yet to be expanded in the city, which is the global home of panda breeding.

The 1.4-kilometre-long track near Chengdu Shuangliu Airport has a capability to carry up to 230 passengers at a time.

Carriages are powered by lithium batteries instead of electricity.

Dubai already has a two-line metro network, with both elevated and underground sections, which was widely credited as tackling crippling traffic congestion when it launched a decade ago.(NationalNews)

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