Live Design Blog Archive
Atlantis rises again: grandMA joins lavish opening ceremony

Atlantis rises again: grandMA joins lavish opening ceremony

AtlantisDubai's latest mega-project, the Atlantis Hotel, hosted a lavish opening party on November 20th. This one-night celebration for 2,000 elite VIP guests including actors, musicians and politicians, was set to be the most expensive private party ever staged. According to press reports, the cost was estimated at around $32 million (£16 million). The firework display was planned by Grucci's, which also organized the displays for the Beijing Olympics. Lighting Designer Raymond Thompson used a grandMA to run the show.

Multiple Clay Paky Alpha Spot HPE1200 and Alpha Wash 1200 moving lights, plus 150 ETC Source Fours were used for the impressive light show. Syncrolites were also scattered around the hotel making it a light show to remember. A giant HD video projection sequence visualised the story of Atlantis, featuring the rising of the mythological city from the Arabian Gulf.

Cory Fitzgerald and Steve Shipman worked as grandMA programmers. Gearhouse Staging Connections delivered the lighting, stage and sound. Andrew Stachan (HOD Lighting) for Gearhouse worked closely with Thompson to bring all elements of the lighting design together successfully.

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for the grandMA. A.C.T Lighting can be reached at 818-707-0884 or

Further information: , Tel.: +49 5251 688865-10

Company Profile

MA Lighting International, based in Paderborn, Germany, is the dedicated sales, support and service entity for the renowned grandMA control systems, digital dimming systems, networking tools and media servers of MA Lighting Technology, based near Wuerzburg (GER). The product range offers cutting-edge solutions for control and dimming, including the award-winning grandMA consoles, the popular Light- & Scancommander and reliable digital dimmer racks and packs. With its media server, grandMA video, MA bridges the lighting and video worlds.

Today, MA Lighting is respected for its technical knowledge and has achieved a unique international reputation for its operational philosophy. The company offers 25 years experience and follows a strictly professional user-centric approach, getting as close as possible to the market via its own international offices and support centres in the UK, North America, Latin America, the Middle East/India and Asia Pacific. This is supported by a world-wide distribution and service network.

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.