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At the Top takes the virtual route
January 2018 2595

Tech enabled experiences are the rage of the season with a slew of augmented and virtual reality experiences taking over public imagination. At the Top, Burj Khalifa, the region’s most-visited attraction by Emaar Properties, has unveiled a new virtual reality (VR) experience that simulates the real-feel of scaling all Burj Khalifa’s 160 habitable floors as well as take a hard-knuckle climb to the top of the spire – the highest point of the global icon.

 Mission 828, the new VR attraction, gives visitors unique opportunity to have the virtual experience of scaling to the pinnacle of the tower before taking a parachute-jump right down to The Dubai Fountain. It has been carefully simulated to take users on a nerve-wracking four-minute journey that will give them a feel of what it is like to ascend and descend the tower in the most adventurous fashion.

The VR experience uses ‘room scale’ tracking technology that enables users to move in three-dimensional space and interact with the environment with motion-tracked handheld controllers. The pods even have a wind-effect, whereby the VR ride is as close to real as possible.

Mission 828 has been developed by an expert team that has worked for the Philharmonic Orchestra, Unicef, British Fashion Council and Rotary International as well as supported film and TV productions such as Harry Potter 6 and 7.  


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