47th UAE National Day Celebration

47th UAE National Day
47th UAE National Day
47th UAE National Day
47th UAE National Day Celebration

Once again CT were chosen by Nick Levitt, Production Director for Done and Dusted, as the video equipment supplier for the Official UAE 47th National Day Celebration. The official UAE National Day celebrations, ‘This is Zayed. This is the UAE’, was a big tribute to the nation’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

At the Zayed Sports City Stadium, the venue for this year’s official celebration, the events kicked off at 6:00 pm with a live band performance. Over 22,000 Emiratis and residents flocked to the stadium for the massive festival of colour, music and dance performances, stunning visual displays and interactive shows.

Among those present included; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the UAE Armed Forces; and all the Supreme Council members and rulers of other Emirates.
Working in collaboration with Projection Designer, and previous CT employee, Anthony Bezencon of VYV UK, we delivered a projection system comprising 90 Panasonic RZ31’s and 42 Panasonic DZ21’s.

Projectors were positioned at either end of the stadium for scenic “side fill” with the DZ21’s flown in the main in portrait, on trusses with the RZ31’s positioned triple-stacked either side of the end stadium in house LED screens.

For front and floor fill RZ31 projectors were again triple-stacked at FOH, above the Royal Box, and flown doubled in craned positions on scaffold towers on the roof.

The upstage main screen was 60m x 10m and the stage floor itself was an 80m x 60m oval. Show brightness was circa 300 lux across the 5,760m² projected surface area, and the projectors were fed signal from a combined total of 28 S10/S15 servers running Photon and using 17km of 24 core fibre we installed. The system required 470 amps 415v 3 phase, and the servers in their cabin were kept comfortable using 15,000 BTU of air conditioning.

CT were on site for 38 days for a single show run of 28 minutes, with a ten-day build, three and a bit week rehearsal schedule, the single show day and two days of load out.

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