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Cundall pushes the boundaries of engineering design with the launch of ‘The Storm’


As the Lead Design Consultant, Cundall is very proud to see the launch of The Storm, a first of its kind indoor rollercoaster. Located in Dubai Hills, the coaster contains an extreme vertical launch to 50 metres in 5 seconds and a 670 metre track wrapping its way throughout the entire building.

Attached to the Dubai Hills mall and standing 50 meters tall this project pushes the boundary of all aspects of engineering design. Both the primary structure and the track itself are inter-connected, which required a level of precision not seen in regular construction. The track is extremely complex geometrically, as it rotates on all axis within the three-dimensional space of the building. Extensive parametric modelling was used from the pre-concept stage, allowing the optimisation of all aspects of design while working faster and even more effectively.

Innovative building service solutions include a specialised power system to propel the coaster 50 metres vertically in 5 seconds with a vertical magnetic launch system. Over 4km of LED’s were programmed to create a customisable thematic show, synced with the coaster.

Cundall worked in close collaboration with Intamin, Thinkwell and ALEC to make this structure a success.

Lee French, Partner and Operations Director MENA at Cundall commented “This is a unique and ambitious project in many ways and an extremely exciting one both from a construction, theming and end user experience perspective. This iconic project pushed us to truly challenge ourselves and showcase the power of digital engineering, creating a world-first for Emaar Entertainment.”

In addition to the ride, visitors will experience 360-degree immersion through a pre-show experience, as they are lifted high above the Dubai skyline. Blending real-world footage with cinematic special effects, guests will be plunged into the heart of the story as an epic mega-storm rages all around.

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