Science Dome

Creating a Unique 4D Experience and Weather Data Visualization for UAE’s National Center of Meteorology

Science Dome brings together the very best elements of theme-park-style entertainment, with an accurate scientific experience that is driven by REAL science

Following the award of contract from Abu Dhabi’s Ministry of Presidential Affairs (MOPA) for the National Center of Meteorology (NCM), Visuals Attraction delivered a ground-breaking new 4D science visualization dome that features state-of-the-art technologies, special effects, a 6K projection system and custom media. The new facility is dedicated to meteorological data and has been designed to host VIP international weather experts.

The new Science Dome and Visitor Center have been designed to aid informal education of regional meteorological advancements and programs as a 4D experience.


“The National Meteorological Center’s scientific dome has been designed and equipped with the most advanced technologies for a unique experience to help our visitors understand meteorology and geophysics sciences.”

His Excellency (HE) Dr. Abdullah Ahmed Al Mandous, Director of the National Center for Meteorology

Flying audiences above the clouds with 4D effects

Throughout the day, the dome is used for schools, colleges, and public screenings of a new 4D immersive film on the Cloud Seeding and Rain Enhancement Programme from NCM. Together with the ability to host international groups of experts from the meteorological sector to review weather pattern simulations in the immersive theater.

Specially integrated, synchronized, and automated effects such as low-level fog machines, powerful fans, heaters, lightning-simulators, a deep and powerful audio system, and butt-kicker and low frequency seating effects, takes audiences into the clouds virtually.

The new NCM 4D Dome brings together the very best elements of theme-park-style entertainment, with an accurate scientific experience that is driven by REAL science for groups of up to sixty people, as well as dedicated spaces for visitors with accessibility needs.

Situated on the fourth floor of the NCM building, Visuals Attraction engaged in extensive design and planning to ensure the new theater would be structurally supported. The detailed approach also included full accessibility and visitor management studies to produce the optimum experience design – both inside, and outside, of the theater.

As a first-of-its kind installation that has used a 4D dome to visualize real-time data and simulated weather data, Visuals Attraction delivered a state-of-the-art Falak® theater solution with 4D effects hardware.

“This scientific dome is considered a hugely important addition to the National Center of Meteorology. We thank everyone who contributed to and assisted in completion of the project – especially under such challenging conditions caused by COVID-19. We also extend our appreciation to Visuals Attraction for their patience and dedication to the project.”

Mr. Omar Al Yazeedi, Director of Research, Development and Training at the National Center for Meteorology

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