Sure, Dubai is home to the world’s tallest man-made structure, the largest shopping mall and the fastest roller coaster. Yet Dubai Canal may well be one of the grandest projects realized in the city over the past few years. The 3.2-kilometer canal connecting Dubai Creek with the Arabian Gulf cuts an elegant swathe through the city center, opening up countless new possibilities for recreation and tourism. The new landmark opened with a spectacular ceremony – powered by Barco, among other solutions – on 9 November, 2016.
To create an exceptional inauguration event, Dubai decided to team up with creative agency Prodea. “In the design of such a prestigious opening, nothing can be left to chance,” said Paul Flint, Project Manager for Prodea. “We developed a vision and then called in the help of Protec, a specialist events technology provider, to create something spectacular with lighting, audio and video.” Protec, our UAE business partner for entertainment, suggested using 13 of our HDF-W30 projectors to power the video projection mapping on the main stage.
Style and taste, with a minimum of fuss
The team effort led to amazing results. A few highlights? There was a 15-meter high waterfall with, suspended in the air beneath it, a stunning aerial performance. Three kilometers of laser connected the six bridges, creating a second canal of light. Unique shows on the water told the story of the construction of the canal and the way it will change the city. Flint and, most importantly, the customer, were delighted with the results: “Our client, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, wanted an event that reflected the importance of this massive engineering project. Protec helped us achieve that with style, taste, and a minimum of fuss.”