Interactive Floor system at Pullman Hotel, Deira City Center, Dubai

We installed an Interactive Floor system at Pullman Hotel, Deira City Center in Dubai. The interaction effect was customized as a combination of two effects. The water effect – ripples forming as people move over the projection and floating Pullman symbols that also react to footsteps.

The installation was quite complicated, as there were no ways to drill or install trusses at site. A temporary small truss was held with counterweights to make sure the projection remains steady.

We installed an Interactive Floor system at Pullman Hotel, Deira City Center in Dubai.
Interactive Floor system at Pullman Hotel, Deira City Center in Dubai.

Do you want a similar installation for your event? PearlQuest can provide Multi-touch screens with interfaces developed as per your theme, Interactive Walls, Interactive Floors and any ideas brought to life.

World’s first commercially available 4K resolution movie

TimeScapes is the debut film from award-winning cinematographer and director Tom Lowe. The film features stunning slow-motion and timelapse cinematography of the landscapes, people, and wildlife of the American South West. Lowe spent 2 years roaming the Southwest in his Toyota pickup truck shooting the film.

TimeScapes was shot, edited and color-graded at 4K resolution (4096 x 2304 pixels).

[Visit the TimeScapes site]

For those who don’t know what 4K is:

4K resolution is a generic term for display devices or content having horizontal resolution on the order of 4,000 pixels. Several 4K resolutions exist in the fields of digital television and digital cinematography. In the movie projection industry, Digital Cinema Initiatives is the dominant 4K standard.

The television industry has adopted ultra high definition television as its 4K standard. As of 2013, some UHDTV models are available to general consumers for under $1000. However, due to lack of available content, 4K television has yet to achieve mass market appeal. Using horizontal resolution to characterize the technology marks a switch from the previous generation, high definition television, which categorized media according to vertical resolution (1080p, 720p, 480p, etc.). The top-end HDTV format, 1080p, qualifies as 2K resolution, having a horizontal resolution of 1920 pixels, with a vertical resolution of 1080 pixels.

[Wikipedia Entry]

Kingyoo 60″ LED-backlit Plasma Installation

Just installed a really cool 120″ screen (which works with the software mentioned in this post). I thought its substantive to write a post about the new technology of ‘LED-backlit Plasma Screens’. Developed by LG, manufactured by Kingyoo – both Korean partners, these displays provide excellent contrast ratio, lower seam gaps and yet, much lesser power consumption than traditional plasmas.

We commissioned this project at one of the top universities in Abu Dhabi and the client was really happy with the display. The display is made up using a 2×2 configuration, which results in a 120″ diagonal width and seam gaps as low as 2.5mm.

This product is available in the Middle East by Multitech AV. They can carry out supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the video walls.

Obscura Digital’s Architectural Projection on the Grand Mosque

Something amazing had happened in Abu Dhabi last December. And the sad part is we don’t even know about it? The idea of architectural projection is one of the most astounding experiences anyone could get. I’m sure not many people in Abu Dhabi actually know that this was done on the National day.

Obscura Digital's Architectural Projection on the Grand Mosque
Obscura Digital’s Architectural Projection on the Grand Mosque

I wish I was there… Looking at the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque must have been an amazing moment. The marble which is used in this mosque must have given the other dimension, a cut above the rest. It’s quite evident in the video below:

Here’s what the Obscura site said:

In tribute to the United Arab Emirates 40th Anniversary, Obscura Digital has been commissioned to create a first ever series of elaborate projections that illuminate two landmarks of national identity – the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and the historic Al Jahili Fort – in the unique oasis city of Al Ain.

Ravishing Pyrotechnics and Visual Display at Dubai Downtown on New Years Eve

Happy New Year 2013 and Dubai does it again!  Not only was it a treat for the hundreds of thousands gathered near the Dubai Mall fountains, but the pyrotechnics this year were the most stunning ever.

Most had come to see how they meticulously install these mind-blowing, electrically initiated (I assume), beautiful fireworks probably on every 10th floor of the Burj Khalifa. The real surprise element this time was dedicated to the audiences present at the Dubai Mall fountain area and the Soul Al Bahar. Outstanding projection systems engulfing each surface surrounded the fountains with some exorbitantly outstanding visuals.

Dubai Mall 2013 new year show
Dubai Mall 2013 new year show

To add to the flair, there were dancers and performers in sync with the visuals in such brilliant harmony. This tandem lasted for enough time before the first display of fireworks was seen. What was really applaudable, was the content developed for this occasion – truly world class. It started with some abstract vectorized shapes in really high-definition, which progressed into some really nice artwork. The best part was when they unleashed the true ‘spirit of the union’ by displaying flags of the most relevant countries whose citizens reside in the UAE. This really did the thing, made each person very happy.

I wonder what was the projection system used here, but it was probably the best in the world. They didn’t just have the main screens, they had installed transparent screens at each corner (as shown in the pic above), to really elevate the effect for the public.

Burj Khalifa Fireworks 2013 New Year
Burj Khalifa Fireworks 2013 New Year

When the fireworks started, it was like summoning the whole city for a new beginning.  I wonder where they get these fireworks from? They look as if they have been engineered for extravagance.

PALME Middle East, 1-3 May 2012, Dubai


Dubai always has something great to offer to every industry. PALME is one trade event which is not to be missed by anyone related to the Audio Visual industry.

PALME Middle East

PALME website says:

PALME Middle East is the region’s longest standing trade event for the professional sound, light, audio visual, music, entertainment and systems integration industries.

PALME Middle East is your forum and has been built with you in mind – visiting the exhibition will give you a truly unique opportunity to:

  • SOURCE new products and suppliers from over 200 exhibitors and 800 brands
  • NETWORK with over 5000 of your industry colleagues and peers
  • LEARN from industry experts at the free-to-attend PALME conference and exhibitor-led technical workshops
  • EXPERIENCE the very latest solutions that the industry has to offer

There will be 4 important conferences for professionals:

The Lighting Solutions Conference

The Lighting Solutions Conference, taking place on Tuesday, 1st May, is a well established feature of PALME which caters to lighting solutions professionals, designed to enhance their knowledge of progressions in lighting design, examine the future of the lighting and integration solutions industries, and to showcase contemporary approaches to lighting design and solutions.

Explore the innovative new designs and projects from the region and beyond, as lighting experts and designers come together on one platform to discuss groundbreaking approaches to architectural lighting design.

At this conference you will be part of an exclusive team of lighting industry leaders allowing you to network with architects, lighting design experts, lighting solution providers and key industry figures at PALME’s 4th Lighting Solutions Conference.

The PALME Expert Seminar Sessions

The PALME Expert Seminar Sessions, taking place on 2nd May, will cater to a variety of professions visiting PALME Middle East 2012. Four workshops delivered by top experts in each of their professions, will cover drum micing and recording, Ferrari World’s systems integration, the staging and project management for BIG events, and building truss systems. The Expert Seminar Sessions promise to deliver on content.

PALME’s Pro-Audio and Visual Conference

The Conference (taking place on Thursday, 3rd May 2012) will offer professionals an unparalleled opportunity to learn from industry experts, gather new information and discover the latest technical advances in Pro-AV.

This conference agenda will be relevant to all professionals who buy or rent AV equipment; from venues to rental companies. The sessions will cover areas such as how to control low frequency for events, steerable base arrays for live events to ensure minimal disruption/impact to others (i.e. hotel guests) and turnkey visualization solution for venues.

Exhibitor-led sessions

A series of product specific technical sessions held by exhibiting companies who will be showcasing their latest innovations – these sessions are free to attend for all PALME visitors.

Register as a visitor today!

43 companies that provide AV & Digital Signage Integration services in UAE / MENA

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Some of the known (& unknown) Audio-Visual integrators from UAE. This is just a partial list, there may be many more who shall be added to this list.
Some of the known (& unknown) AV integrators from UAE. This is just a partial list, there may be many more who shall be added to this list.
  1. Almoe Group
  2. Alpha Data
  3. Al Reyami Technologies
  4. AVI SPL
  5. AV Concepts
  6. Bond Communications
  7. Crownstar Technology
  8. Digivalet
  9. Dubai Audio
  10. Dynapixels
  11. FVC
  12. Granteq
  13. Intertech
  14. Instore Masters
  15. Metro Plus Ads
  16. MxN Mena
  17. Native Systems
  18. New Age Technologies
  19. NGS Interactive Systems
  20. Oasis Enterprises
  21. Omnix International
  22. Omnix Media Networks
  23. Pixcom Technologies
  24. Pragmatic Solutions Technology
  25. Qvestmedia
  26. Technomight
  27. Transwall Technologies
  28. Tornado Technology Services
  29. Visionaire
  30. Zio Technologies

Did I miss any? Please comment on this post for any integrators you know!


Italian-made AV installation equipment now in the Middle East

With a plethora of Chinese wall brackets, stands, racks and mounting accessories, AV integrators from Middle-East have some better products to choose from. Products 100% made in Italy have been recently launched by Euromet with it’s exclusive distributor in Dubai – Multitech AV.

Euromet website says:

Italian spirit is the trademark, that attention to detail that makes us proud to be a quality standard World Wide recognized. The designed solutions take the shape of our projects and the Customer needs.

Originality and uniqueness from simple words turn into tangible product lines:

  • Monitor Mounts
  • Projector Mounts
  • 19″ Racks
  • Trusses
  • Light Tripods
  • Speaker Tripods
  • Speaker Stands
  • Speaker Stands
  • Table Mic Stands
  • Musical Stands
  • Spare Parts

The products not only look amazing,  the materials used are superior in quality  – a class apart from the rest. Now it’s up to the integrator to decide!