By Tom Hall

Delta Sound has provided sound syncronisation and fireworks for the opening of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure in the world.

Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa

In a ceremony witnessed by thousands of Dubai residents and millions via television, Delta Sound produced a light and sound display to mark the $1.5bn tower’s official opening earlier this month.

Delta Sound Dubai provided the supply of the sound and communications for the event, with Delta’s Andy Jackson designing the entire system.

It was hired by Prisme International, a French-based event management company, which Delta has worked with on for previous events. Delta was given just 10 days from being approached to the event itself.

The system incorporated sound for a 100m-wide projection screen, sound reinforcement for the spectacular, Bellagio-style fountains – constructed between Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall as part of the project – and also a reveal system for the tower itself.

Eight BSS Soundweb blu 160s and a Soundweb blu 800 were used in the project.

Also in use was a 360 Systems Instant Replay server and a Yamaha LS9-16 console. The main PA system comprised 28 L-Acoustics V-DOSC, 24 dV-DOSC, 18 SB218 Subs and MTD 112 loudspeakers, all powered by LA48 amplifiers, with XTA processors.