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Hatta Mountain Dubai Summit Complex
Hatta Dubai, U.A.E.
EDF (Electricité de France) & DEWA (Dubai Electricity & Water Authority)
Structural, Facade & MEP Engineering
Part of the Dubai government Hatta development plan, this remarkable project features a cable car complex culminating at the summit of Al Nasoor Mountain.
The project is made up of multiple buildings including 3 cable car stations, a luxury hotel, a visitors’ centre, and a mountain top viewing station with a retreat hotel.
The concept, developed by DEWA and EDF, is based around the pumped-storage hydro power plant situated between the base and intermediary stations overlooking the two lakes.
These stations, each with breath-taking views across the water, will feature strong interactions with the site environment and existing rock. Two Corten ribbons formed of metal mesh will demarcate the cable car cabin arrival and departure zones in the two stations.
For the summit station, whose site is particularly sheer, the technical challenge will alternate between sky and earth: For the underground elements, major rock excavations will have to be undertaken in order to accommodate the plant rooms, in particular for the cable car. For the above-ground portions, the two Corten curtain walls will support the elliptical ring with a cantilever of almost 30m and an innovative structural principle including a primary steel truss with a mashrabiyah pattern. This elliptical ring constructed of glass and steel appears to float in the sky. A technical tour de force. Tempered glass panels forming a massive cone create a stunning, innovative structure.
The project uses the very latest technology for the electro-mechanical systems based on IOT and connectivity of the specified equipment. The goal to preserve the environment will be achieved through sustainability and renewable energy.
Each station will include a dedicated and resilient power station, cooling and heating system. The drainage system of the summit station will require a vacuum drainage system.
The project will be constructed to meet Al Sa’afat, Dubai Green Building System, level silver. To minimize energy consumption, equipment will include the production of hot water by heat pump systems in all stations, fresh air handling units with double wheel heat recovery, low consumption lighting fixtures and electrical vehicles sockets.
An advanced Smart Platform will manage the energy efficiency of the project.