Abu Dhabi (May 20, 2005)–The Emirates Palace on the beachfront of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, recently had a Midas XL4 console installed. The establishment opened in February at a rumored cost of over $3 billion. One of the many facilities the hotel offers is a conference center, and the Midas XL4 was chosen to handle audio requirements of the 1,200 capacity auditorium, which hosts both live entertainment and conferences and corporate events.
The sound, lighting and stage engineering systems were designed and specified by Theatre Projects Consultants, with Bond Communications winning the tender to engineer, supply and install the sound and communications systems. “As analog desks go, the XL4 is superb,” said Mark Clay from Bond Communications. “It is normally situated in the control room, but there was a requirement that the desk can also be used in the auditorium, so we had to construct a ramp and platforms to site the desk in front of the control room.”