mumbai to dubai underwater train

Have you ever imagined traveling through an underwater train? And that too from Mumbai to Dubai. UAE has never ceased to surprise everyone with its world records. Be it shopping, theme parks, architectural wonders, culture, or soaring tourism, UAE has recorded almost on all front. Making things even more exciting for travelers there is ground-breaking news.

Earlier when you landed in UAE your fun and excitement started. Now, it will start even before you start your journey. Being one of the countries which have always believed in investing in turning dreams into reality, after investing in smart tunnels UAE is taking technology further. Ready to create another benchmark, UAE is going to build a high-speed,

Mumbai to Dubai underwater train.

All About Mumbai and Dubai Underwater Train

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In a UAE -India Conclave that happened in Abu Dhabi, a UAE based company National Advisor Bureau Limited proposed to run between Mumbai and UAE an underwater floating network. This underwater network will connect the two countries and transport passengers as well as they will be used to transport oil and other goods. This idea was conceptualized with the sole aim to improve travel between India and UAE. This is how the concept of super speed underwater bullet train came into existence.

There was a time when traveling to Dubai was extremely easy as there was nothing much to see in Dubai, but now with the city becoming the crown prince of UAE and one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world, the scenario is different. People throng to the city and often have to pay hiked fares for the same. While the whole world comes to visit the city of Dubai, tourism from neighboring countries like India, Singapore, Malaysia, and more. Tourists from the Indian subcontinent have been the most frequent visitors of UAE and that is why the concept of the high-speed undersea rail is most likely to not only reduce the time and cost for the tourists but also set to increase the influx of more tourists to the city. Now going from Mumbai to Dubai by train is not only possible but by a breath-taking route of under the sea.

This high-speed rail will start from Mumbai and is most likely to end at the city of Fujairah, just an hour away from Dubai. The ticket prices are expected to be highly affordable for middle-class citizens as well.

Undersea High-Speed Rail: The Revolutionary Concept

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The concept of the tunnel is based on a well-known technology that is applied to floating bridges, immersed tunnels, and offshore structures. The floating underwater tunnels may consist of two curved concrete tubes that will be submerged below the surface of the Arabian Sea. These submerged tubes will be stabilized by attaching them to pontoons that will allow ships to pass. These tubes will be placed deep enough to avoid water traffic and weather. Also, the tunnel will be watertight, thereby resisting salty seawater and will be able to withstand hydrostatic forces upon it. Creating a vacuum inside the tunnel will result in tremendous speed for trains due to minimal air resistance.

Underwater Rail Between Mumbai to Dubai – How Will It Work?

The concept of underwater rail between Mumbai to Dubai is a humongous task to bring to reality. And it will take a lot of financial and intellectual capital to make this functional. The plan is to develop an underwater direct rail network that will let you travel non-stop from Mumbai to Dubai underwater. The total distance of over 1862 kilometers beneath the Arabian Sea will be covered in a record two-hour time. To cover this distance, the speed of the train will be probably set to the range of 600 to 1000 km/h that will certainly beat the speed of a plane in terms of its speed and its cutting edge features.

Features of the Underwater Rail

  • The High-speed Mumbai to Dubai underwater rail will start from Mumbai till Fujairah covering a total distance of 2000 odd kilometers.
  • The approximate time taken to complete the distance will be less than two hours.
  • Maintaining the water- life balance and the sea level to ensure the voyage of cruises don’t take a hit will be a big challenge.
  • The transport of goods, however, is made costlier than passenger travel to make sure it is affordable for all.
  • The state-of-art design is critical for its accuracy and the design for the high-speed underwater rail is widely applauded for its thoughtful design.

How it Will Benefit Both the Countries

The high-speed underwater rail network will benefit both the countries in the following ways:

  1. Using the rail network, passengers, tourists, and workers can be transported between the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) countries and India.
  2. Oil & gas can be transported from Fujairah port to India via a pipeline.
  3. Since the Narmada river to the north of Mumbai floods every year, excess water can be exported from the Narmada to the UAE through a pipeline.
  4. Good & Commodities can be transported between both nations.
  5. Ships that pass between the floating pontoons can be refueled via a floating bunker floating station.


What makes this ambitious underwater project between the governments of India and the UAE? Well, one thing is for sure the tourism will get a steady boost and the trade relations between India and UAE. Once the conceptual efforts take practical shape, the Underwater high-speed rail between Mumbai and Fujairah is going to be one of its kind attraction. So, let’s wait and see how this dream of tourism unfolds.

Aanchal is a writer by profession and an avid foodie. She loves travelling, exploring and adding cherished experiences to the book of life.

  • 14 thoughts on “Travel Mumbai to Dubai Via Underwater Train – First High-Speed Bullet Train
    1. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      Mumbai to Dubai Underwater Bullet Train? I remember reading about an underwater section in the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train corridor. So, which one is actually true?

      • Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

        Both are true sir. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train will also have an underwater section of 7kms. But the Mumbai Dubai train will be completely underwater.

    2. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      This is brilliant. I loved the blog and the details you covered in the blog. Please continue to cover such positive and informative topics.

    3. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      This project seems like a great idea. I know Indians love to tour and holiday in Dubai, but will this project be limited only to tourism?

    4. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      This project was announced in 2018. So, where was it stuck all this while. Is it happening or will it just remain a dream for bullet train fans like us?

      • Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

        Yes, the project was announced early but the delay was caused by the global pandemic. But since everything seems back to normalcy, the project should pick up speed.

    5. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      Is this really happening? Only the people of UAE can dream and actually make this dream happen. I would love to someday travel from one country to another in an underwater train.

    6. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      Wow! This seems to be one heck of a project. Underwater train running between two countries is a marvellous concept. I salute the minds that thought about this concept.

    7. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      I am desperate to see this revolutionary concept turns into reality. It will be an exciting journey to travel in an underwater train. Can passengers see underwater creatures from the inside of the train window?

    8. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      How exciting it will be to travel between Dubai and Mumbai in just 2 hours that too by an underwater train. When this amazing project will be finalized?

    9. Avatar for Aanchal Iyer

      Hi All,

      Just wanted to curiously and desperately know when this Mumbai to Fujairah underwater transport system will begin?

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