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CTME deploys over 250 Christie projectors for Expo’s Al Wasl Dome

CTME deploys over 250 Christie projectors for Expo’s Al Wasl Dome

CTME deploys over 250 Christie projectors for Expo’s Al Wasl Dome


Christie has announced that more than 250 of its projectors have been deployed by Creative Technology Middle East (CTME) at the Expo 2020 Al Wasl Dome. Standing at 67.5m tall and 130m in diameter, Al Wasl Dome is the beating heart of the Expo site, hosting major ceremonies and celebrations throughout the event. By deploying specially made projection screen material stretched tightly between each section of the dome’s trellis design, CTME was able to create a 360°, 25,380m2 projection surface. Visible from both inside and outside, the dome’s projection surface is one of the largest 360° projection surfaces in the world.

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG), the firm responsible for the design of Al Wasl Plaza, approached the design with the goal of creating a powerful and immersive platform that could be used for events of all sizes. Taking into consideration the hot Dubai climate, the grand trellis design diffuses the sunlight during the day, while supporting a lush garden within the dome. AS+GG identified an opportunity to repurpose the shade structure at dusk, transforming it into an immersive experience.

Delivering this experience is no small feat, and AV is at the forefront. “The AV was always a key part of the dome, it was always going to be an immersive experience,” explained Andy Reardon, managing director, CTME, the AV integrator for Al Wasl dome.

Given the dome’s vast surface area, selecting the right projectors was essential. The original design called for a laser phosphor-based projection system, but was changed based on emerging Christie technology. “We were made aware of the development and pending release to market of the D4K40-RGB projectors from Christie,” recalled Simon Pritchard, director – projects, Jacobs Mace. “The brightness that these units deliver, together with the colour gamut associated with the RGB pure laser solution, was very appealing to the team.”

Andrew Nu, business development, CTME, noted: “At that time, it wasn’t common to get a 40,000-lumen projector with 4K resolution in laser. We’re very lucky that the laser technology lined up with this project. With lamp-based projectors, because of servicing the lamps, it would have been an impossible project.”

A total of 252 Christie D4K40-RGB projectors were installed in 42 projector pods located around the inside perimeter of the dome. The pods, which are large enough to hold a compact car, have glass fronts, are air-conditioned and rear accessible, and protect the projectors from the weather elements in Dubai, such as heat and dust. Each pod can hold six projectors in two stacks of three.

Al Wasl Plaza will host a slate of immersive content and experiences across the event’s six-month run. The dome will “wake-up” twice daily, once in the morning and again after Maghrib, the sunset prayer. With content tailored to the time of day, projections will begin in the evening.

The AV integration inside the dome is almost complete, with the CTME team commissioning projectors and providing on-site training. “It’s been a really impressive project to work on – the Creative Technology team has put in an amazing effort to deliver this project,” added Reardon.

“Christie is pleased to have partnered with Expo 2020 and the designers on this one-of-a-kind project that will be seen and enjoyed by so many people at Expo 2020, and for years to follow,” furthered Bryan Boehme, executive director of Americas enterprise sales and global business development, Christie. “We love making the impossible possible.”

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