Creating a cultural icon

Standing at 67.5 metres tall, Al Wasl Plaza boasts a 360-degree immersive projection surface which will form a visual centrepiece for the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai. Zoe Mutter examines how the unique domed structure was created and the immersive technologies playing a starring role in its inauguration event.

Positioned right at the heart of Expo Dubai 2020, Al Wasl Plaza will play an integral role throughout the global showcase for innovation when the event begins in October. The magnificent showpiece will host the opening, closing and main events along with a variety of other special occasions during the six-month celebration of culture and creativity, the largest event ever held in the Middle East and the first World Expo in the region.

The centre of the system revolves around the L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound processor which runs through a DiGiCo SD12 and Area4. Signal is distributed via both AES and AVB for full redundancy, using Luminex routers while playback and timecode control comes off a Merging Technologies Ovation system with full redundancy.

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