Approaching the end of a very busy season in the Middle East, there was one more important event that the events industry in the region would be looking forward to – MEEA17. There was a sense of excitement that could be felt across the industry in the lead up to the awards ceremony this time, as everyone was aware that it would have to take something really special to break through the competition in every award category.
Protec’s persistent desire to continually innovate and provide new and creative ways of using technology, was underlined yet again by the award the company received at the Middle East Event Awards 2017 for ‘Best use of Event Technology – Product’ for the use of robotics across multiple event disciplines at the Expo’s associated awards event for the second year in succession – cementing its status as an unrivalled industry leader in the region when it comes to innovations and creative delivery of staging and technical solutions.
Before the company had time to digest this win, Protec was called on to receive its second award of the night for ‘Best Event Video Solution’ for the prestigious Dubai Canal Opening Ceremony. Protec had delivered this show whilst battling the coastal winds, dust from the building works and the fact that this was still a construction site….but a bit of quick thinking from the company’s experienced and technically skilled personnel helped overcome most of these challenges to deliver this award winning video solution.
It wasn’t long before Protec’s wins went to number three with the award for “Best Temporary Venue or Structure’ for the IDEX 2017 Opening Ceremony. The IDEX opening ceremony watched by 25,000 spectators across five days and millions via a live televised broadcast, broke all records with the highest recorded visitor count. Converting a flat, tarmac car park into what was to become a stunning mountain scenic set with landscaping, waterfalls, road networks, a railway track with a custom built functional train, a submarine in the ‘lake’ and many more interesting features was no simple task. Protec’s Staging & Scenic department rose to the occasion once more to deliver a scenic staging set that ‘came alive’ for this truly one-of-a-kind show and what the media has already termed as the mother of all productions.
When asked for his reaction to another successful year for Protec with the three award wins, Stephen Lakin – Founder and CEO of the company said, “Allow me to first congratulate all the winners this year. For us however, it’s not about winning awards but being able to raise the bar of creativity and delivery with consistency and reliability. We are humbled by the awards we have won though and would like to thank our clients for their continued faith in our abilities. These awards are a testament to their conviction and belief in their own creative strengths and in trusting us to partner them with our staging and technical expertise to create great events in this ever growing region”.
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