Cutting an elegant swathe through the city, the new Dubai Canal opened with a spectacular ceremony hosted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. When it came to providing the ultimate in fanfare, drama, and excitement, creative agency and show producers Prodea Group, engaged the services of Protec, the Middle East’s largest and best known specialist event technology provider.
"With such a prestigious opening spectacular nothing can be left to chance,” said Paul Flint, Head of Production International Team for Prodea. "The delivery of this event by Protec did exactly that."
With over three kilometres of canal side to cover, the provision of equipment was huge, as Protec’s project manager for this event Simon Travis explained. "Prodea is an Italian company, they brought a clear creative vision for the event. The brief they gave us was to support their vision; to create something spectacular with lighting, audio and video. As such the project engaged almost all the skillsets within Protec. With such a large waterfront to cover we broke the job down into manageable chunks for all departments.
"Lighting was arguably the most stretched department, over three kilometres of canal bank each side takes a huge commitment of resources. Over 430 Claypaky lights have been used: Alpha Spot 700 were complimented by large numbers of Sharpy, Super Sharpy, K10 and K20 B-EYE’s, Scenius, Mythos.
Flint was delighted, "Our client, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, wanted an event that reflected the importance of this massive engineering project and Protec helped us achieve that with style and taste, and with minimum of fuss. Linking as it does, Deira and Bur Dubai through the extended waterway of Dubai Creek, Business Bay and Dubai Water Canal, we are sure the new canal will benefit the Dubai community for many years to come.”
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