With technology growing so fast, various countries have been coming up with Hyperloop and driverless flying cars, and now, the UAE is all set to introduce a futuristic mode of transport which will be an underwater rail network.
With this, the UAE has proved to be the land of innovations and setting a benchmark in the world. In the coming days, the people might be able to travel from Fujairah to the Indian city of Mumbai by undersea rail network. Along with this, there will also be exchange of goods in the form of freshwater flowing from India to the UAE and oil being exported back through pipeline as stated by Abdulla Alshehh, who is the managing director and chief consultant of the National Advisor Bureau Limited.
The Bureau stated above is basically a consultancy firm based in Masdar, the breeding ground for start-ups, and Alshehhi is the founder it. It must be taken into consideration that this floating underwater network will benefit the UAE, India and others in the region.
“This is a concept. We plan to connect Indian city of Mumbai with Fujairah through ultra-speed floating trains. The project aims to boost bilateral trade. There will be export of oil to India from Fujairah port and import of excess water from Narmada River, north of Mumbai. In addition, other GCC partners can also improve export and import,” Alshehhi said.
If we talk about other countries, there are many similar projects such as China has plans to connect Russia, Canada and the US. Also, Indian cities of Mumbai and Ahmedabad will be connected by high-speed rail corridor including undersea aspect by 2022.
However, prior to this, Alshehhi is paying more attention to the UAE Iceberg Project which is aimed at solving issues of water crisis in the UAE. The project aims to tow icebergs from Antarctica to the UAE coasts to be used as freshwater.
“We will focus on water harvesting from the iceberg. Up to 30 per cent of ice mass will be lost during the transit,” he mentioned.