Dubai is working on building a 1,200-mile underwater train to India
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If you’re afraid of deep-sea travel, you might want to skip this journey…
With so many options for transport, you’d think we’ve created all that can be invented, but you’d be wrong.
In a bold move, the United Arab Emirates has released its plans for something a little squeamish for those who suffer from claustrophobia or a fear of deep water.
Imagine a train that’s way down in the deep blue sea, with a view of marine life as you travel at high speeds to your destination.
This is exactly what the UAE have planned, and it’s a pretty cool concept.
The underwater train has been proposed as a new option for travellers to go between Dubai to the city of Mumbai in India.
But it’s not going to be quick.
This is a 1,200-mile journey that can be used as public transport, but also as a carrier for water and oil, with the speed set to a staggering 600–1000 km/h.
Transporting water underwater? It can be done!
The Dubai to Mumbai underwater train project was first mentioned in 2018 as a hypothetical idea, but now it’s quickly becoming a reality, but it’ll cost an extraordinary amount of cash.
As the United Arab Emirates’ National Advisor Bureau is working on a blueprint for the railway and for the type of train needed for such a journey, it has hopes to bridge the gap between the two cities and provide something innovative to the region.
But are they trying to one up Saudi Arabia after their smart city NEOM unveiling?
Afterall, the UAE is widely known for their technology, construction, and infrastructure in the Middle East but with the ginormous bio project creating a buzz around the world, it would take something pretty cool to top it.
Saudi Arabia’s mega city has hopes to create a horizontal tower city that connects the desert to the sea, becoming a biophilic oasis in an unlikely climate all for a whopping 1 trillion investment.
Well, an underwater train will certainly take the spotlight, especially if it’s completed before the NEOM project has begun its work.
As construction for the bio city is already underway, with plans for completion by the end of 2030, UAE needs to work fast.
Even though it’s an amazing idea, it won’t be the first underwater train as the Channel Tunnel that connects the UK to France has been functional since 1994.
But the Dubai-Mumbai train would be different as it would be a visual experience with see-through windows that allows passengers to view the sea in all of its glory, instead of brick tunnel walls.
Obviously, we’re taking the scenic route with Dubai, which is its ultimate unique selling point and may become a travel bucket list must-have when it eventually opens.
Though, for those of us with a crippling fear of the deep sea (thanks, Jaws), we’ll stay at home.