“You’ve probably seen the video,” says Machamer. “The visuals that you see, the coaster going up the cliff face; that’s all happening. There’s already been geotechnical testing and analysis of the cliffs.”
Humouring this project and going along with the idea it'll happen, I'm confused.
This is going to be the world's tallest roller coaster (>139m) and it will feature a dive into a 160m deep valley. Like, what?
Say the ride starts in said valley (which sounds like a bit of a logistical nightmare, but whatever), then that's a bit more understandable. But then you have the world's tallest roller coaster in a 160m deep valley, vastly reducing its impact, no?
The alternative is that high point of the ride is achieved at some other point, which could well be smaller than than the 160m valley. The article certainly suggests that. Maybe in actuality it will be the roller coaster with the tallest drop? Or I'm just overthinking it.
All fair points, but they are not without their counterpoints either:Like others I am sceptical this will ever happen. But I'm a bit more optimistic than I am say about London Resort.
For 3 reasons really, 1) if anyone can pull off a project on this scale it's an authoritarian government on a push to diversify into tourism
2) unlike London Resort this project has specific rides named and shown in concept art. By that I mean the rides aren't just generic rollercoaster swirls as seen on the LR concept art, but are of recognisable models and rides.
3) this is the sister Park to Six Flags Dubai and Six Flags China, both of those parks while essentially now dead in their original guise are still moving ahead in one fashion or another, Dubai's rides are going to existing parks and China's Park is still going ahead under Sunacs brand. But my point is they were both projects that got to the point where rides were delivered and construction underway. Unlike say the LR again.
None of these are slam dunk proof anything will happen and I still think its 50/50 but I reckon its got way more of a chance than LR.
There could be a more prosaic reason - the collapse of the Dubai housing market since 2014 due to oversupply.Again one can draw parallels to the stalled skyscraper projects I follow with some interest. In Dubai alone, there are about a half-dozen sites where towers taller than 300 meters got well into the construction phase before money ran out. For whatever reason, construction was initiated even though the funding was nowhere enough to complete it. The only explanation I can think of is that the act of construction itself was used to build trust with investors. "Look, of course you will be getting your money back. There are workers on site working on the tower right now!". And then it gets to the seventh floor and the contractor stops working because of several missed payments, and the developer has suddenly moved to Aruba and is not available for comment anymore.