Stage One

Year 2019

Special Olympics Abu Dhabi

Zayed Sports City Stadium

We manufactured and installed a flying system, automated cauldron, a large flown LED disc and stage lift for this dynamic and uplifting ceremony.

With short lead times, the process of drawing, engineering, testing and design was fast-tracked through our CAD and workshop departments. On site, a two line catenary was rigged from crane masts above the stadium to raise a large LED-clad disc. This flew over and around the stadium, returning to the field of play with a torch bearer carrying the Olympic Flame. The telescopic cauldron delivered a key moment: twelve layers of 252 aluminium plates were driven by a central column lift, rising to reveal a pattern of anodised colours. Each plate was inscribed with the name of a participating nation.

This is the world’s largest humanitarian sporting event and focuses on the empowerment of People of Determination with intellectual disabilities through the power of sport.

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