Madinat Jumeirah – Dubai

Madinat is a slick mix of old and new, a traditional souk market peppered with designer names surrounded by a quayside of dhows, restaurants, bars and cafés and flanked by two grand boutique hotels. The architecture a reflection of traditional styles topped with wind towers and interiors are opulently Arabic. The resort includes conference and banqueting facilities, grand ballrooms, a 1000-seat amphitheater and extensive leisure and health facilities. The main multi-purpose arena hosts conferences, exhibitions and concerts and incorporated in the resort is a 400 seat theatre complex which is equipped to take international shows. The senior and junior ballrooms adjoining the Arena are generally used for gala dinners, product launches, weddings, corporate seminars and hospitality. They have individual suites which are separated by heavy wooden panels whose walls have been acoustically treated allowing functions to be scalable, yet with few restrictions on noise pollution. The ornate ceilings neatly conceal trusses and fly points for lighting rigs to be erected with XLR points and sockets for speaker, video and lighting connections. Three hidden floor chambers in each banquet hall also act as insert points for multi-core connections between a rental company’s console and the car park below (for OB vehicles) or linking to the main stages of each room.
Each Restaurant in the resort has its own music controls for source and volume and the extensive indoor mall of souks and boutique shops in the complex is equipped with a music and voice evacuation system. Audio is a supporting role in the grand scheme, building ambiance and creating mood, in conjunction with the architecture, interior design, natural light and lighting. The various audio systems are clean, effective, ultra-discrete and user-friendly, blending in as specified by the interior designer. If only the decorators had not plugged up some of the ceiling speaker grilles with gold leaf.