Construction Of The Justin Timberlake Concert Site Is In Full Swing
Organisers of the highly-anticipated Justin Timberlake Live in Abu Dhabi concert, taking place on the 6th of December, are constructing the concert site at the scenic outdoor West Park of the Emirates Palace hotel.
More than 13,000 fans of the multi-award winning pop artist will attend his Middle East debut, which is being presented by Mubadala Development Company and Aldar Properties. IMG, the concert organisers, have today revealed new concert information as well as their detailed transportation and logistics plans which have been assembled to ensure a highly memorable and enjoyable experience for the UAE’s concert goers.
A 300-person production crew have come together from the four corners of the globe to set up all the construction and staging requirements for the outdoor concert site. Approximately half of the team has been hired locally from across the UAE, with the remainder having collectively flown over 480,000 kilometres to be in Abu Dhabi.
To set up a concert of this magnitude, a 16-day lead in time is required to build Timberlake’s elaborate stage and all the outdoor concert facilities, of which a substantial amount has already been completed. Indicative of the scale of this concert, organisers have hired more than 30 trucks to transport all the necessary gear and equipment required to support this world-class event.
Working in close coordination with the Abu Dhabi Police, concert organisers have ensured that all the necessary measures are in place to guarantee the safety and security of the fans, as well as smooth and continuous traffic movement in and out of the outdoor concert site on that day. In addition, one of the UK’s leading large-scale event traffic management companies has been involved in the design and control of the vehicular flow for this event. To accommodate for the volume of vehicles arriving to the West Park of the Emirates Palace, a purpose built 7,000 car park area has been built directly across from the concert site.
“There are always going to be challenges when organising an event of this size and stature. However, with the help of the Abu Dhabi Police and our various logistics partners, we are quite confident that all foreseeable challenges have been addressed and that this concert will be one to remember,” said Lee Charteris, Event Manager for the Justin Timberlake Live in Abu Dhabi concert. “Consistent traffic flow is paramount for fans, which is why we have pulled in a number of significant expert resources to implement this.”
The Justin Timberlake Live in Abu Dhabi concert has attracted a high profile sponsorship line up including: Etihad Airways as the Official Airline; du as the Official Telecommunication Partner; Emirates Palace as the Official Hotel; Time Out Abu Dhabi, Radio 1 and 7 Days as the Official Media Partners. The concert is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and is produced by IMG.
Facts about the Justin Timberlake Live in Abu Dhabi Concert
• 13,500 fans will attend the Justin Timberlake Live in Abu Dhabi concert
• Organisers have created a purpose-built car park area directly across from the grounds of the West Park of the Emirates Palace that will comfortably hold 7,000 cars
• Building and assembly of the concert site will require 16 days
• Dismantling and clearing of the entire site will require 4 days
• A crew of 300 persons is involved in building the stage and concert facilities
• More than 6 kilometres of temporary security fencing will be erected
• 17 temporary office buildings will be used for on-site production staff
• 30 trucks will transport all the equipment required to stage the concert
• Organisers have employed individuals from a wide spectrum of disciplines to service the concert including chefs, electricians, gardeners, carpenters, cleaners, security guards, scaffolders, riggers, and computer technicians to man the state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, to name a few.
• Half of the crew working on the concert have been hired locally, and the other half have collectively flown just over 480,000 kilometers to be in Abu Dhabi for this event.