Acciona produces Qal'at Al-Bahrain audiovisual experience
Source: Acciona , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Mon January 29, 2018 2:03 pm

BAHRAIN. The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities has chosen ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño to create and produce the night-time audiovisual show to be projected every night at Bahrain Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it one of the city's most important tourist attractions, drawing an estimated 27,000 people each year. 

The show, called the “Qal’at Al-Bahrain Audiovisual Experience”, will debut on 11 January, using new audiovisual technologies to recreate the monument’s 4,000 years of history during 20 minutes. 

ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño will use three-dimensional projection systems to create a feeling of immersion for the spectators. It will use 30,000-lumen laser projectors and a 5.1 surround sound system with an original sound track and special effects to reinforce the sense of immersion.

The “Qal’at Al-Bahrain Audiovisual Experience” narrates the history of the Fort, which dates to 1522, as well as the archaeological site on which it was built, going back to the year 2300 BC. The show begins with historical and mythological elements from the Dilmun civilization, whose capital was once located beneath the fort, followed over the centuries by the different cultures that have crossed paths on this site.

The show, like all shows created by ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño, is “carbon neutral”, meaning that the CO2 emissions linked to the show will be calculated and offset by a clean energy project. The final emissions balance will equal zero.

Cultural engineering to explain 4,000 years of history
The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities hopes to promote and reenergise tourism in the country by showcasing its heritage in this way.

Projects like this are part of what ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño calls “Cultural Engineering”, using cutting-edge visual and sensorial technology to tell the story of a city or site’s history, tradition and values, boosting its tourist appeal.

ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño is responsible for permanent “cultural engineering” works that have become leading tourism features over the years in the cities that host them. An example is the “Sound&Light” show projected on the Abu Simbel temple in Egypt since 1999 or “The Soul of Cordoba”, a night visit to the Mosque of Cordoba, filled with light and sound effects, ongoing since 2010 and an iconic element in the city.

Consolidated presence in the Middle East

In recent years, ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño has significant grown its business in the Middle East, with major projects in the field of events and museums. In Qatar, the company produced the international presentation of the Laffan Refinery 2 (LR2) and the Katara Plaza project. It has also implemented emblematic museum projects, such as the Msheireb Museums in Qatar, the Remembrance and Habitat Museums in Kuwait and a number of temporary exhibits for Qatar Museums (QM). The National Museum of Oman is the largest project undertaken by the company in the Gulf Region. The company is currently involved in the implementation of several phases of the Shindagha Museum project in Dubai.

ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño, established in 1992, specializes in the design and construction of museums, exhibitions, events and shows for both public bodies and private companies. It operates in the field of Cultural Engineering, meaning projects that showcase cultural heritage through technological innovation, social innovation and sustainable development.

ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño is Europe's largest company in the museums and exhibitions sector, with emblematic projects such as the House of European History in Brussels, Belgium. ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño also has extensive experience in organizing corporate and institutional events, the design and construction of stands for trade fairs and congresses, and material for theme parks and shopping centres.

ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño is part of ACCIONA, a leading group for sustainable infrastructure solutions and renewable energy projects around the world. It spans the entire value chain from design and construction through to operation and maintenance. With a presence in more than 40 countries and sales of €5.977 billion in 2016, the company is committed to contributing to the economic and social development of the communities in which it operates.

ACCIONA seeks to lead the transition towards a low carbon economy, delivering quality and using innovative processes to optimise resource use and protect the environment in all of its projects.

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