Out of the ashes

The recent volcanic ash cloud kicked up quite a challenge for The Amazing Tent Company, who in the final planning stages of providing structures for this year’s WOMAD Abu Dhabi festival, were affected by various operational obstacles such as crew shortages, delivery delays and generally dealing with the unknown. 

“Working in the Middle East requires the ability to think fast and outside the box – different working hours, an extreme climate and an unfamiliar pace. So at a time like this, it’s proved invaluable that we offer a highly-skilled and tailored-made service, continually committed to building our local connections” – Steve Haddrell, Director, Amazing Tent.

Through a unique Strategic Alliance, The Amazing Tent Company and Dubai based Harlequin Arena successfully installed over 1800m2 of covered space for the festival, now in its second year. The TriSpan structure was installed in just two days on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche, a sensitive site requiring special ballast.

“We weren’t able to use the beach sand as ballast, instead we installed 50 custom-built metal stillages, each filled with 1000kg of curb stones to anchor the structure – it’s a really simple yet practical idea, just how we like it” – Dan Hyde, Director, Amazing Tent.

The TriSpan worked perfectly for the size of the site as a central focal point for Taste the World, an area where performing artists have the opportunity to cook their national dishes – all part of WOMAD’s commitment to increasing understanding of other cultures through music.

To discuss your tenting requirements further, in the UAE please email minnie@harlequinmarquees.com and in the UK please call a member of the Amazing team.

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