Opinion

On the cutting edge

I was really impressed with the MBC facility at Dubai Studio City, which I had the pleasure of visiting last month. Over the years, I have visited several TV centres, but this one will stay in my mind for a long time. If you get past the deceptively narrow security area and the inner boundaries of what used to be a soundstage and open the doors to the main studio, you will find yourself instantly transported to a different world.

It’s not just the vibrant colours in the studios, the huge LED walls, the lighting on the ceiling, the social media towers and the sets that captivate us; this facility also has a successful IP installation that connects MBC’s Dubai Media City and Studio City sites. MBC claims to be the first in the region to have implemented a media service that links workgroups and enables multi-site workflows by smartly handling the transfer of media, sequences and shot lists.

It doesn’t end there. The ultra-modern touch extends to the open spaces in the newsrooms, the writing on the walls and the flexibility to sit anywhere.
As you walk through the facility, you begin to realise that this is not just the work of an ordinary engineering team that worked out algorithms and how to put together the best technologies they could source to create the finest studios; this is the clearly the handiwork of a visionary team. We tried to put together a larger selection of pictures of the facility than we normally do in our cover story this month, to reflect this outstanding work. We hope you enjoy reading the story as much as we enjoyed putting it together.