One more week, Vav Middle East has been chosen as host broadcaster for the Arabian Gulf League. This time, we have moved to the emirate of Fujariah to offer the match between Dibba Fujairah and Al Shabab. The small team of Dibba has become the surprise of the season. Newly promoted to the first division, the team is getting very good results and is in a comfortable sixth position, even with hopes of qualifying for international competitions. OB Van 11 deployment was the usual for this type of games: 13 HD cameras including 4 lenses box, a Jimmy jib, two mini-cameras, one 42x and 3 EVS.
VAV Middle East has been on the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week held last week at the fairgrounds of ADNEC. The event has been a great success with the presence of international authorities on sustainable and renewable energy. More than 32,000 participants from 170 countries have participated in this event reflecting the growing attention that the 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 powered entirely by renewable energy and the latest developments in sustainability. Abu Dhabi Media maintained a daily special program at the event to report from the same venue. HD OB Van 10 was in charge of bringing the information to emirate’s houses with a display of 6 HD camera chains.
VAV Middle East has been in one of the semifinals of the King's Cup championship. The last Tuesday we witnessed the duel between the team of Al Wasl (former team of Maradona as a coach) and Al Wahda, one of the most important teams of the capital. The deployment for the match was 13 HD cameras, including 4 box lenses, 2 mini-cameras in the goals and a crane. HD OB 11 was in charge of production.
For the third consecutive year, VAV Middle East has been responsible for the production of the special program for the falcons races held every year in Al Falah, on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. The championship, the UAE President Cup, unites competitors from several countries and is growing in importance every year. The deployment consists of 7 HD cameras, including a crane, to produce a program that reflects the old tradition of sitting by the fire in the evening and enjoy racing anecdotes of the day.
The King of Sports has taken center stage this week on the agenda of VAV Middle East and has held most of the productions. We have covered 5 games these days: 3 matches of the AGL League and two international friendly matches. In this round of the AGL league, VAV ME has taken care of the production of the matches of Al Wahda, Al Dhafrah and Baniyas, all of them, teams from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The deployment was the usual for this type of games with a total of 13 HD camera chains, including 1 SSM camera, 3 EVS's, 3 box lenses, 1 42x, 1 Jimmy Jib crane and 2 mini cameras. As for international friendly matches, we have produced the signal for the duels between the national teams of Sweden and Estonia, and Finland and Iceland. The Nordic teams are doing a tour of friendlies in the area taking advantage of the excellent weather conditions during the emirati winter.
We start the new year in United Arab Emirates at full speed. Our OBVan 10 is present in the LIWA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL MOREEB DUNE 2016. The seven day festival attracts the region’s most powerful four wheel drives and bikers to face exciting challenges including cars drag race, bikes race, motocross track challenge and RC cars race, camel race, horse race, classic cars competition and Moreeb track for freestyle drifting. Al Moreb Hill (translated as Scary Mountain) is a huge dune in the surroundings of LIWA, belonging to the Rab al Kahli dessert, the Empy Quarter. With a reported 50 degree slipface, and height of 120 metres, it is a perfect place for sand drags. Moreeb Hill is supposedly the tallest dune in the UAE, and one of the largest hill climbs in the world. During the festival, we are producing a daily more than one hour program that covers all the event news. For this, we have a coverage of 7 camera chains, including one 7 meters jimmy jib and 2 wireless cameras.
Among the events organized around Sheikh Zayed Festival, camel races held in Al Wathba circuits stands out. As a complement for the daily broadcasting of the races, we are producing an special evening program in which all the news of the day are discussed. As from ancient times, between 6 and 8 guests sit on the Majlis, the room in which visitors are welcomed in Arab culture and where it reflects its ancient hospitality, to talk and tell stories about camels. For this event, the HD OBVan 10 deployed a total of 8 cameras, including a crane, to bring to all the emiratí an hour of culture and tradition. We do not forget HD OBVan 11, which continues to cover daily the festival from the same center of the facility, with a technical deployment of 15 HD cameras.
For the second year in a row, VAV Middle East is in charge of producing the special programs for Abu Dhabi Media about one of the most relevant events of the year in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival, which takes place from November 19th to December 12th in Al Wathba in the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. This festival serves as a tribute to the founder of the country. A venue of more than 120.000 sqm hosts a wide variety of events and exhibitions in which the history of the country and its cultural heritage are reflected. To this purpose, 4 impressive areas have been set to cover the different environments of the country: desert, ocean, mountain and oasis. OB Van 11, with an extraordinary setup of 20 camera chains, is in charge of the production of 2 daily programs from Al Wathba. Early in the afternoon we cover ARDA show, a daily parade based on the deep-rooted Emirati culture´s features like camel races, horse riding exhibition and traditional dances. At sunset, a set up of 15 camera chains is used to produce for Abu Dhabi Media a news daily program about the current subjects going on in the festival in order to bring the event to the entire country. With 2 wireless cameras, 2 cranes, 2 box lenses and several cameras over the area for interviews, complete the set up for covering the event.
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VAV Middle East has been a privileged witness of Qasar Al Mowaiji´s inauguration, in Al Ain. This fortress has been recovered as a museum dedicated to the Al Nahyan dynasty, which Sheikhs of Abu Dhabi belong to. Sheikh Khalifa himself was born in this residence.
Besides representing a complete memory about Al Nahyan dynasty´s history, the museum involves the historical development and the archaeological sites of the Al Ain area, which belongs to the emirate of Abu Dhabi, and is located on the border with Oman.
The production was assigned to OB Van 11, which was fixed with a superb display of 15 HD camera Chains, including 3 wireless cameras, 2 Jimmy jibs and 3 box lenses, as the most relevant equipment.