This week, VAV Middle East was responsible to cover the host signal for four games of the Arabian Gulf League. This time, we moved to the cities of Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Kalba to cover the matches of Emirates vs Dhafra, Kalba vs Al Wahda and Dibba vs Al Shabab. OB Van 11 and OB Van 15 were in charge of producing the signal, providing a display of 13 HD camera chains, including 5 box lenses, one Jimmy Jib, 1 orbiter and 2 mini-cameras.
OB Van 11 was commissioned last week to cover endurance races from Dubai. Endurance races are part of the extensive horse races modalities that take place throughout the country during the months of good weather. These endurance races are very demanding tests for the horses since they get to do several races every day of more than 30 kilometres. The races begin before dawn and the vision of horses in the desert as the sun risesgives a great beauty to this television coverage. The deployment consists of 15 HD cameras including a Hypermotion camera, 2 SSLM, 2 Wireless systems, 2 cineflex and a Russian arm.
Last week, OB Van15 covered the news happened in IDEX (International Defence Exhibition and Conference), one of the highest events of the year. IDEX is the only international defence exhibition and conference in the MENA region demonstrating the latest technology across land, sea and air sectors of defence. It is a unique platform to establish and strengthen relationships with government departments, businesses and armed forces throughout the region. VAV Middle East covered the news program and the press conferences for Abu Dhabi Media. The deployment of 10 HD cameras included 3 wireless.
We continue to penetrate the oldest emirate traditions with the coverage of a special program for the Falcon Championships in Fazza, Dubai. Falcons, essential animal in the local culture, have always been part of the emiratí life. Before the arrival of the skyscrapers, falcons were used for hunting. OB Van 11's deployment for this special show was 7 camera chains, including a Jimmy jib of 7 meters and 1 wireless camera.
Last week, OB Van 15 moved to Al Ain to cover the equestrian event Emirates Longines Show Jumping League. This competition is held throughout the year nationwide and consist of 31 events. Horse riding is a sport with a strong roots in Arab culture and there are many competitions during the autumn and winter months. Jumping shows, races at the Meydan (one of the most important international locations) and Ganthoot Circuits, beauty shows ... the disciplines are multiple. To cover this production, OB Van 15 prepared a display of 8 HD camera chains, including 5 box lenses, 1 superslow motion and 1 Jimmy Jib.
Last weekend, OB Van 15 moved to the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, in the north of the country to cover the RAK International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship. This emirate is one of the favourite destinations for national tourism as it has spectacular beach resorts and mountains where you can do outdoor sports during the winter months. Jiu Jitsu, both female and male, is one of the most popular sports in the United Arab Emirates and features numerous international events throughout the season. To cover this production, OB Van 15 prepared a deployment of 12 HD camera chains, including 2 wireless cameras in steadycam, a Jimmy Jib of 9 meters, 5 box lenses and 2 orbiters.
VAV Middle East is present one more year in the Abu Dhabi Sustainability week that is being held this week in ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center). The event is a great milestone in the emirate agenda with the presence of international authorities on sustainable and renewable energy. More than 34,000 participants from 170 countries participate in this event reflecting the growing attention that United Arab Emirates has on new forms of energy. One of the flagship projects of this philosophy is the development of Masdar City, a project of a city fuelled exclusively by renewable energy and with the latest advances in sustainability. Abu Dhabi Media held a special daily program at the event to report from the same fair. OB Van 15 is in charge of producing the studio of 6 HD camera chains, including 1 jimmy jib and 2 wireless cameras.
We started the year with a great activity in the United Arab Emirates. Our 2 OB Vans and our creative team have worked tirelessly to cover the many needs of our client LIVE. OB Van 11 continues to cover daily the news of Sheikh Zayed Festival. From the fair grounds of Al Wathba, the festival celebrates the figure of the founder of the country and the heritage culture of the region. On a daily basis, OB Van 11 is responsible for producing two evening programs for the Emirate Channel of Abu Dhabi Media and for Yas Channel, a traditional sports one. The deployment is 15 camera chains, including 2 Jimmy jibs, 2 box lenses and 1 wireless system.OB Van 15 has also maintained great activity. Not only we said goodbye to the year covering camel races from the Al Wathba circuit, but we have made special coverage of the HH SH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM endurance races, held during the first week of the year in Dubai. For this event we have made programs from different locations in the Emirate of Dubai with a display of 6 camera chains including a Jimmy jib.
Last week, VAV Middle East has been assigned for the production of the camel racing championship in honor of Sheikh Zayed, founder of UAE. This event, one of the most important of the season, is part of the celebrations that take place during the month of December throughout the country to celebrate the National Day. With a 5 camera chains, including a superslow and 2 wireless cameras in separate jeeps following the race, OB Van 15 has been covering for 9 days the morning races - starting at 6:30 am - and the afternoon races - from 2:00 PM - from Al Wathba Race tracks, in the surroundings of Abu Dhabi and home to the National Camel Racing Federation.
One more year, VAV Middle East is in charge of covering the most important and longest festival in Abu Dhabi. From the fairgrounds of Al Wathba, and framed in the celebrations of Emirati National Day, the festival of Sheikh Zayed celebrates the figure of the founder of the country and the emirati heritage and culture. More than 30 days of festival in which you can visit a lot of spaces and traditional shops, not only of UAE, but more countries (Oman, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Morocco, Belarus, Bosnia...). On a daily basis, OB Van 11 is responsible for the production of two evening programs for the Emirate Channel of Abu Dhabi Media and for Yas Channel, a traditional sports channel. The deployment is 15 cameras, including 2 jimmy jibs, 2 box lenses and 1 wireless system.