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A colourful opening: “Salalah Festival” kicked-off with grandMA

The 45-day-long “Salalah Tourism Festival” (STF 2010) in Oman recently kicked off with a spectacular pageant staged by some 2,500 performers. Every year the festival draws thousands of tourists from Oman and the other Gulf states. This year’s programme was specifically created to coincide with celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of Oman’s renaissance under His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

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For the opening, lighting Designer Ali Saab chose an MA control system consisting of 2 x grandMA full-size consoles, 3 x MA video stations, 3 x MA NSP (Network Signal Processors) and MA Digital Dimmer Touring 12 x 2.3kVA modules (Socapex EF 419). The lighting rig featured 56 x Clay Paky Alpha Wash 575s, 40 x Alpha Spot HPE 1200s, 20 x Alpha Beam 1500s and 20 x Alpha Beam 300s as well as SC15 (15 mm) and SC20 (20 mm) LED-screens, totalling 150 square meters of surface.

For the concerts in Al-Muroje Theater, he chose an MA control system consisting of 1 x grandMA full-size console, 1 x MA video station, 2 x MA NSPs (Network Signal Processors) and 5 x MA Digital Dimmer Touring 12 x 2.3kVA modules (Socapex EF 419). The lighting rig consisted of 30 x Clay Paky Alpha Wash, 24 x Alpha Spot HPE 1200s and 20 x Alpha Beam 300s, plus SC15 (15 mm) and SC20 (20 mm) LED-screens, totalling 60 square meters.

“The grandMA is my favourite tool as it offers me exactly what I need,” said Saab, “A completely scalable system with a powerful back-up solution, feedback from all areas of the network as well as comfortable and flexible programming – that’s MA.”

Mohamed Tarakomyi worked as programmer, Taha Al Halak and Mohamed Haroun as operators. The Al Raisi Group delivered the lighting equipment, and Al Watan TV produced the show.

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About MA Lighting International

MA Lighting International, based in Paderborn, Germany, is the dedicated sales, support and service entity for the renowned grandMA control systems, digital dimming systems, networking tools and media servers of MA Lighting Technology, based near Wuerzburg, Germany. The product range offers cutting-edge solutions for control and dimming, including the award-winning grandMA/grandMA2 consoles, the popular Lightcommander and reliable digital dimmer racks and packs. With its innovative MA Video Processing Unit (VPU) MA bridges the lighting and video worlds.
Today, MA Lighting is respected for its technical knowledge and has achieved a unique international reputation for its operational philosophy. The company offers 25 years experience and strictly follows a professional user-centric approach, getting as close as possible to the market via its own international offices and support centres in the UK, North America, Latin America, the Middle East/India, Asia Pacific and Scandinavia/Eastern Europe/Russia – supported by a world-wide distribution and service network.

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