Students light up Dubai cityscape


A group of Lighting and Live Event students recently travelled to Dubai and Abu Dhabi for work placements with a major stage design company.

The six students, who are studying BSc (Hons) Lighting Design and Technology and BSc (Hons) Live Event Technology were invited on to work placements with Eclipse Staging, with three based in Dubai and three in Abu Dhabi.

The group in Abu Dhabi worked on a major New Year’s Eve party at the Galleria Mall, a new luxury shopping centre in Sowwah Square on Al Maryah Island.

Charlie Lapage Morris and Daniel Terzino were part of the lighting crew, while Michael Lewis worked with the video team. As lighting crew members, Charlie and Daniel’s main role was rigging and cabling the fixtures across the 529,400m2 site. More than 6,500 people attended the party, which was commissioned by the Al Nayhan Royal family.


Speaking about the experience, Charlie said: “The work placement provided myself and Dan with the opportunity to further our technical knowledge at the same time as our personal skills, as we managed a team of local labourers.

“While the privilege of experiencing such an amazing country and working on the biggest New Year’s Eve event in the capital was incredible, it also allowed me to hone the event skills that can be used in both my career and in university assignments.

“As well as the academic benefits, the trip also allowed me to cross off ‘visiting Dubai’ from my bucket list – specifically the Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world. I look forward to hopefully working in the United Arab Emirates and for Eclipse again in the future.”

James Redmond and Alex Cottrell were part of the group based in Dubai, who were tasked with setting up for a New Year’s Eve concert which was attended by nearly 10,000 people. By working with the heads of the sound department at Eclipse, they were lucky enough to use some of the most up-to-date audio technical equipment and software available.

James said: “The trip was a brilliant example of the rich and verdant culture in the Middle East and a brilliant opportunity to expand our horizons, both as technicians and as people.

“Although the equipment we used was much more advanced than what we were accustomed to, using the skills we have developed at university gave us a brilliant understanding and allowed us to learn very quickly on the job.

“The work placement was a brilliant experience, made very rewarding when we saw our work on display for all those people.”


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