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ATM 2018: Hyperloop One announces seven-minute Dubai airport-to-airport plans

Yesterday (April 22), Virgin Hyperloop One announced its plans to get people from Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) to Dubai International Airport (DXB) in less than seven minutes.

This announcement was made during the first day of the 25th Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2018.

Backed by Dubai-based DP World, Hyperloop One has the potential to transport approximately 3,400 people an hour, 128,000 people a day and 24 million people a year.

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Harj Dhaliwal, Managing Director Middle East and India Field Operations, Virgin Hyperloop One, said: “Providing a hyperloop connection that allows both UAE residents and tourists to travel between Dubai and Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes is just the beginning. In the future, other emirates and indeed other GCC countries could also be linked, with journeys between Dubai and Fujairah as low as 10 minutes and Dubai to Riyadh in 40 minutes.”

Expo 2020

Also unveiling new plans at ATM 2018 is Expo 2020.

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With the Expo 2020 countdown well under way, opening its doors in October 2020, what better place to seek opportunities for companies from around the world to become authorized Expo 2020 ticket resellers?

“With Expo 2020 now just two years away, the growth and scale of ATM 2018 is a testament that will undoubtedly continue as Dubai aims to complete 160,000 hotel rooms in time to welcome an additional five million visitors over the course of the event,” says ATM Senior Director, Simon Press.

Along with a number of senior people in attendance to discuss sustainable tourism and the rise of the experiential economy, Expo 2020 will also be taking part in The Travel Agents’ Academy, two half-day programmes of free training and networking for travel agents wanting to sell the Expo 2020 experience.

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Much more to come…

ATM will also host the second ATM Global Halal Tourism Summit to explore the growing trillion-dollar Muslim lifestyle and food industry, which will be integrated across all shows and activities; the ATM Student Conference “Career in Travel,” aimed at aspiring travel professionals and hoteliers, plus returning favourites, the Wellness and Spa Lounge, the Travel Agents’ Academy, Buyers’ Club, Digital Influencer Speed Networking and the ultra-innovative Travel Tech Show.

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Held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, this year’s ATM, opened by Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, will welcome more than 2,500 exhibitors and 40,000 industry professionals from 150 countries. It is also expected to attract 39,000-plus visitors.

More than 100 exhibitors are set to make their ATM debut this year. These include: Visit Finland, Hungarian Tourism Agency Ltd, Polish Tourist Organisation, Dubai Municipality Leisure Facilities Department and Yas Experiences.