Abu Dhabi Police celebration showcases VFX tech

German companies combine for Abu Dhabi Police spectacular.
The Abu Dhabi Police anniversary celebration utilised a range of laser effects.
The Abu Dhabi Police anniversary celebration utilised a range of laser effects.


German-based VFX specialist Tarm Showlaser supplied a raft of technologies which were used at the recent spectacular celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Abu Dhabi Police.

The event - attended by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces - was staged in the Zayed Sports City Stadium. The production marked a collaboration between Dubai-based HQ Creative, the Abu Dhabi Police Force and His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Tarm Showlaser supplied four high-powered green lasers and four high-powered full-colour units. Two of the full-colour lasers fed two robots positioned at the front of the main stage while the other two lasers were located at the edge of the pitch.

A total of 40 remote-controlled smoke and wind machines were installed around the stadium providing sufficient haze for the laser finale. The eight lasers were controlled via a DSP network and operated by Kai Kasprzyk from three computers synced into the show via timecode from video. For the finale, German pyro specialist LunatX, fired pyrotechnic projectiles from 29 positions across the field and another 17 in the roof.

"Everyone was really delighted with the results of the show which far exceeded expectations," said Major Dr. Fawaz Al Karaeen. "It was great working with such a fantastic team, whose experience, vision and enthusiasm made the occasion really memorable."

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