Special Olympics 2019 Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi welcomed over 7,500 athletes from 190 nations when it hosted the Special Olympics World Games 2019.



Rental & Staging Rental & Staging
UAE (Abu Dhabi)

The Opening Ceremony took place at Zayed Sports Stadium in Abu Dhabi on the 14th March. Event specialist Creative Technology CT worked alongside its client, People, to deliver all live video aspects of both the opening and closing ceremony. Creative Technology is one of the world’s leading suppliers of specialist Audio Visual equipment to the sports, corporate, exhibition and entertainment industries, bringing together advice, support and equipment and providing everything from large screen displays to content delivery systems.

A key feature of the Opening Ceremony production was a 10m diameter flying disc. Weighing nearly five tons, the disc incorporated lighting, pyro and a 9m diameter LED screen. The disc rose up 30m from the stage at the start of the show and tracked back over the main LED screen, relaying show content throughout to enhance the floor projections.

HDMI 2.0 and 12G SDI kits were utilized to maintain a fully redundant 4K @60 4:4:4 uncompressed workflow from the media server to screen. A remote screen management system comprised of linked Barco E2 and S3s managing all LED scaling and mapping were installed in the field.

A 288 x 288 Crosspoint matrix took on all the main feeds and distributed them across the site, and a Lightware HDMI 2.0 compatible MX2-16x16-HDMI20-R matrix managed backup feeds.

Lightware Equipment Used in Project