Historic Projects – Middle East

Glantre Engineering have had the privilege of working on many prestige projects in the Middle East


Holiday Inn, Bahrain
Motorised curtain tracks, curtains and stage equipment for contractors, Kontra.


ABC Banking Corporation, Bahrain
Audio visual systems consisting of cine, slide and video projection, sound reinforcement and ancillary equipment for Board Room and Conference Room of Bank Headquarters Building.


Gorgan Cultural Hall

Complete package contract covering stage lighting, sound, communications, film projection and stage engineering systems, stage flooring and drapes for Ministry of Culture and Arts to the design of Theatre Projects Consultants. Systems included 80 channel lighting control, working and emergency lighting, 24 channel sound mixer, 35 counterweight suspension sets, safety curtain, concert acoustic shell, acoustic doors, dual 35/16mm cine projectors and screen. The contract was completed in an exceptionally short period of 22 weeks through use of charter aircraft for equipment delivery with site installation carried out by an expatriate team. A subsequent contract covered technical management of the theatre and training of local technicians.

International Festival and Convention Centre, Tehran

Design, Supply, Supervision and Commissioning of stage lighting and stage engineering systems for a new 1500 seat multi-purpose auditorium. Systems included Strand lighting control console and tracking backup, Strand EC21 dimmers, Spotlight luminaires, Martin moving head luminaires, 24 motorised suspension sets, rigging control system, house curtains, projector and roller screen.

Military Academy, Tehran

Stage lighting, sound, communications and stage engineering systems including 60 channel lighting control, 24 channel sound mixer, 36 suspension sets, motorised curtain tracks and projection screen.

Damavand College, Tehran

Stage lighting, sound, communications, stage engineering, draperies and scenery accessories. Special features included fixed barrel grid with motorised tracks.


Technical Institute, Baghdad
Audio Visual systems including large screen video projection, slide projection, conference microphone, simultaneous interpretation, sound reinforcement systems and stage equipment.

Ministry of Information, Regional TV Studios
HT and LT electrical distribution systems for TV centres, Basrah Mosul, Kirkuk under sub-contract to Rank Audio Visual Ltd.

Civic Theatre, Mosul

Package contract including 80 channel lighting control, 100 luminaires, sound and communications, 20 winch and hemp suspension sets, drapes, motorised film screen and scenery accessories.

University of Mosul

Stage lighting, sound, fire alarm and electrical distribution systems for the Gulbenkian and Agricultural College Halls together with disco lighting system, audio equipment, PA system and exterior lighting for the University Cultural Centre.


Jerash Festival
Supply of stage lighting control and ancillary equipment


Kuwait Society for the Handicapped

Package of film projection, curtains and tracks, lighting and sound under sub-contract to Al-Ghanim for multi-purpose auditorium. Main manufacturers include ADB, Community, Crest, Erneman and Harkness Hall Stage. Contract value £205,000.

Al Sha’ab Gardens Theme Park

Complete technical installations for 495 seat multi-purpose theatre within an extensive theme park complex. Stage lighting is based on a 125 channel GSX console, LD90 digital dimmers, luminaires and distribution. Stage equipment included safety curtain, 14 rigging sets, tracks, screens, drapes and accessories. The sound system has central, left and right loudspeaker clusters with communications and stage management systems. Full cinema facilities include two 35mm 1600w xenon projectors. Consultants Salem Al-Marzouk and Sabah Abi-Hanna. Contract value £550,000.

Revolving Restaurant, Telecommunications Tower

Design and implementation of steelwork, drive mechanisms and controls for a revolving restaurant platform of 33m outer and 19.8m inner diameter at a level of 150m above ground on new Telecommunications Centre antenna tower in Kuwait City. Drives employ 12 on-board electric gear motors with friction drive onto steel railtracks with variable speed control. Work carried out for Ministry of Public Works under sub-contract to main contractor ICG and to specifications of consultants Electro-watt Engineering Services.

Al-Bayan Palace

Stage and auditorium machinery and rigging systems for the reconstruction of Kuwait’s principal conference and performance venue under contract to the Ministry of Public Works. The auditorium utilises twelve screwjack lifts to permit appropriate seating configurations and sightlines to be achieved for a wide range of functions including a flat floor set-up for exhibition or banqueting. Seating is mounted on moveable wagons with air-castor drive to permit rapid reconfiguration. Four large lifts with rack and pinion drive, a revolve wagon and compensating elevators are provided on-stage for production purposes while a scissor-type dock leveller facilitates offloading from trucks or containers directly onto the stage. Rigging by J R Clancy Inc includes 61 variable speed motorised sets with counterweight assistance under computer control along with 12 point hoists and fixed speed motorised sets for specific applications. The contract included a safety curtain, projection screens, acoustic doors, tracks, draperies, rostra, scenic equipment, concert shell, lighting bridge and ladders along with an extensive range of stage equipment and fittings. Principal consultants are PACE-SSH-KEO consortium with John Wyckham Associates and Next Stage as Theatre Consultants.


Le Grande Theatre, Beirut

Design studies in association with Philips Projects for reconstruction of a city centre site into an arts and leisure complex which incorporates an 800 seat theatre, rehearsal studios, restaurant and nightclub.

NSS Auditorium, Sidon

Supply of complete stage lighting, rigging, sound and communications package to the specifications of Theatre Projects Consultants. Systems include M24 lighting control 120 dimmers, luminaires, 30 single purchase counterweight suspension sets, safety curtain, projection screen, tracks and drapes, Soundcraft Series 500 mixer with complete sound system, paging, show relay, ring intercom, stage manager’s desk and accessories. Contract included detailed working drawings, supervision and training courses.

Beirut University College

Stage lighting, sound and communications, stage engineering and draperies for Irwin Hall to design of Theatre Projects Consultants. Systems included 80 channel lighting control, 16 winch and hemp suspension sets, sound reinforcement and communications consisting of ring intercom, show relay and paging.


Vocational Centre, Benghazi

Supply of stage lighting, control, dimming and rigging equipment through main contractor, Daewoo Corporation of Korea.


State Mosque of Qatar, Doha
Design, supply, supervise installation and commissioning of TV lighting system for Doha’s spectacular new State Mosque. Systems consisted of Zero 88 dimmers, custom built DMX controlled contactor rack, Strand control desks, custom built Quartzcolour luminaires with Power Gems ballast units, Balcar fluorescent luminaires, ETC conventional luminaires and custom built Tempest outdoor environmental housings for a variety of fixtures and ballasts

Qatar Education City Convention Centre, Doha

Design, supply, installation and commissioning of 49no 1000kg self climbing aluminium trusses, with either 11m or 16m travel, and 33no 1500kg four line lineshaft hoists with 16m travel all under multi-operator control. All machines are installed in the expansive atrium at the QECCC, covering some 7,000 square meters. Self climbing trusses support effects and emergency lighting, while lineshaft hoists support 5m x 5m diffused LED light panels. Glantre also provided cable management for the machines, consisting of compact folding cable chains for the trusses and combined power and data cable reels for the LED panels. Machines are controlled via a pair of Siemens “Simatic” Mobile Panels which can be plugged into any combination of 6 control point locations around the Atrium. Control is distributed via an extensive Profinet network, covering the length and breadth of the 240m x 20m Atrium and 60m x 30m Arts Hall, to a Siemens PLC and SEW drive components. Lineshaft machines are able to be sent to programmed positions, either in groups or individually, with presets able to be recalled from memory.

Saudi Arabia

Prince Alwalid Sports Centre

Effects lighting for the private sports centre of HRH Prince Alwalid. Moving and static lighting effects including eight Golden Scans complete with ShowCad control and 3.5W laser with 3D effect control system. Contract value £225,000.

ARA Television Studios, Riyadh

Lighting, control and suspension systems for 330sq m studio for ARA under sub- contract to Saudi Oger. Equipment includes 24 studio hoists with control system, 102 Quartzcolour luminaires, 24 scrollers, 108 6kW EC90SV dimmers, Strand 430 control console, cyclorama tracks and cloths. Contract value £305,000.

Janadriyah Festival Hall

Lighting and sound systems supplied under two separate contracts for the National Festivals and Cultural Heritage project at Janadriyah The lighting includes a Strand GSX console with LD90 dimmers and 158 luminaires The audio contract included acoustical studies together with design and supply of a complete system.  Total value £270,000.

Al Yamamah Project, Riyadh

Integrated AV systems for media centre, auditorium and eight training centres located in Riyadh, Dharan and Khamis Mushayt under six separate sub-contracts to Saudi Specialist Construction Ltd. The Media Centre comprises a three-camera studio of 85 sq m with Betacam recording and post production facilities including a Spaceward Rodon 3D computer graphics system. Lighting includes a fixed grid with pantographs, Quartzcolor luminaires, control and dimmers. The Auditorium features a video presentation system with large screen projector and Crestron touch screen controls, 750 delegate conference system, electroacoustic and communications systems, stage and auditorium lighting and stage equipment. The various training rooms include video, audio, projection, customised Creston touch-screen and further controls. Total value £3.9 million.

Al Masmak Museum Riyadh

Automated video and audio facilities for five separate display areas in the Museum under sub-contract to Al-Medyan Establishment. Video systems utilise laser disc players while Glantre’s responsibilities include production of video discs.

Auditorium, Taif

Stage rigging, lighting, sound, communications and AV systems for Ministry of Defence and Aviation under contract to Al Maroudi Contracting Company. Sound includes a Community loudspeaker cluster, radio microphones and conference microphone system.  Contract value £140,000.

Petromin Headquarters, Riyadh

Conference microphone, simultaneous translation, sound reinforcement lighting and projection for Conference Hall.  Contract value £175,000.

Royal Diwan Complex, Riyadh

Audio visual installations for HM King Fahd comprising 35/16mm cine, large screen video and slide projection systems with sound reinforcement.  Contract value £110,000.

Islamic World League Conference Centre, Makkah

Conference system installation including microphone management for 680 delegates with 14 language simultaneous interpretation. Also large screen video projection, slide projection, sound reinforcement and PA.  Contract value £260,000.

King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah

Three separate contracts covered the Ceremonial Hall, TV studio and architectural lighting control systems. For the Hall, stage lighting, sound, communications and 35/16mm film projection were supplied. The TV studio package included control, dimmers, luminaires, track and barrel grid.  Total contract value £320,000.

Islamic University, Riyadh

Stage engineering contract with complex hydraulic lift system with 2 primary and 12 secondary stage lifts, orchestra lift, motorised rigging sets, safety curtain, seating platforms, lighting bridges, projection screen, controls, power distribution, stage flooring and drapes.  Main contractor Hanyang Corporation, Korea; Consultants Typsa, Spain. Contract value £2.2 million.

GSC Complex, Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh

Strand Galaxy lighting consoles, dimmers, and luminaires for two auditoria. Contract value £225,000.

Arab Institute for Police Studies, Riyadh

Conference Hall microphone, simultaneous translation, sound and stage lighting systems. Also general CCTV, MATV and public address systems throughout the complex. These works formed part of a major Glantre contract valued at £2.5 million.

Other Contracts

Other smaller projects in the Kingdom include:

Ministry of PTT, Riyadh – Lighting, Sound and Video

Indian Chancery, Riyadh – Lighting, Sound and Projection

Asir Governorate Auditorium, Abha – Lighting

Holiday Inn, Jeddah – Lighting and Sound

Indian School, Jeddah – Lighting

Riyadh Sports Complex – Lighting

Jeddah Chamber of Commerce – Lighting and Rigging

Ministry of Education, Riyadh – Projection and Sound

King Khalid Military Academy, Riyadh – Lighting, Sound, Projection and Rigging

Ministry of Public Buildings and Works – Sound

International School, Jeddah – Lighting

Ministry of Agriculture, Jeddah – Lighting and Sound

Women’s Academic Research Facility, Jeddah – PA

Technical Engineering Institute, Riyadh – Lighting and Sound

Mental Handicap Schools, Abha – Lighting and Sound

Civil Service Building, Riyadh – Lighting, Sound, Rigging and Conference

British Aerospace, Riyadh – Conference and Audio Visual

Recreational Centre, Jubail – Lighting, Sound and Projection

Sultanate of Oman

Contracts in the Sultanate are handled by local associate company, Glantre Oman LLC.
Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat
Television studio track grid, luminaires, controls, dimmers and electrical installation under sub-contract to local company MJT. Contract value £110,000.

Astronomical Observatory, Beit Al-Barakah

Hemispherical dome structure with stepping motors for control of platform rotation and viewing slot shutters under contract to Diwan of Royal Court Affairs.

Concert Hall for HM Sultan Qaboos, Beit Al-Barakah

Complete systems package including high quality sound system with multi-track recording, communications, stage lighting, rigging and scissor type forestage lift. Contract value £350,000

Cultural Centre, Salalah

Stage engineering systems and complete furnishings under contract to Ministry of National Heritage and Culture. Contract included steelwork for roof trusses, grid, galleries and cat-ladders, safety curtain, counterweight rigging, curtain tracks and audience seating as well as general furnishings, custom joinery and Works of Art for the complete centre. Contract value £450,000.

Intercontinental Hotel, Muscat

Low current hotel systems for major refurbishment project. Scope included Philips central sound and television distribution with guest room bedhead panels and TV receivers. Contract value £400,000.

Oman Technical and Industrial College, Muscat

Stage lighting, sound, communications, projection and rigging systems for 1000 seat multi-purpose auditorium to design of Consultants Huckle and Partners, under sub-contract to Al-Hamad Contracting Company. Contract value £140,000.

Beit Al-Falaj Museum, Muscat

Architectural lighting, dimming audio-visual and control systems for the Sultanate of Oman’s Armed Forces Museum in the refurbished Beit Al Falaj Fort dating from circa 1845.

Cabinet Building for HM Sultan Qaboos, Muscat

The contract covered Cabinet Room conference, sound and recording systems and Lecture Theatre systems comprising sound reinforcement, 10 winch suspension sets, curtains and tracks, projection screen, stage lighting and control, cine, video and slide projection. Contract value £375,000.

Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra

Rehearsal Hall, stage lighting and control together with Soundcraft Series 600 audio mixing console with full sound reinforcement and recording systems. Contract value £120,000.

Royal Oman Police School of Music, Muscat

Sound mixing and reinforcement systems for practice room and complete sound recording studio including sophisticated digital and analogue recording equipment by Harrison and Studer. Contract value £300,000

Al-Bustan Palace Hotel and Conference Centre, Muscat

Three major sub-contracts for hotel and conference systems, stage engineering and stage lighting. Theatre systems for the 700 seat Oman Auditorium included an hydraulically powered orchestra lift, safety curtain, 27 counterweight suspension sets, stage galleries and ladders, variable proscenium, projection screen, stage drapes and tracks, cyclorama, concert acoustic shell, rostra, stage flooring, auditorium lighting bridges, motorised flaps, chandelier hoists, access equipment and scenery accessories. Stage lighting included an 80 channel control system and dimmers, auditorium and TV lighting dimmers, luminaires, accessories, worklights and facilities panels. Conference systems for the Oman Auditorium, Special Conference Hall and four additional meeting rooms provided facilities for sound mixing and reinforcement, conference microphone, voting and display, simultaneous interpretation, voice logging, communications, cine, video and slide projection. In addition, hotel systems included an 850 extension PABX, MATV and in-house movie, sound, paging and emergency paging, hotel computer system with software, CCTV, pocket paging, bathroom alarm, information display and intercoms. The contracts, valued at £6.5 million, were carried out in partnership with Philips.

Other smaller projects in the Sultanate include:
American British Academy – Lighting, sound
Al Husn Palace – Lighting
Oman Equestrian Federation – Public address, seating
Oman Children’s Museum – Lighting, sound
Palace Office, Qurum – Sound, conference
Chamber of Commerce, Muscat – Sound, conference
Royal Reception, Muscat – PA and communications


National Theatre Complex, Damascus
Sound systems for two auditoria, together with 35/16mm Erneman dual gauge film projection system.

Contract value £105,000


Istanbul Congress Centre

Design, supply and commissioning of stage rigging and machinery systems including 17 counterweight sets, 8 motorised hoists, tracks, drapes, large format projection screen and concert acoustic shell. Work carried out for Istanbul Municipality under contract to general contractor, Kayalar. value £430,000

Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall, Istanbul

Complete theatre systems package in partnership with local company, Nefan Ticaret. To accommodate the conflicting acoustical requirements for speech and classical musical, the Hall is equipped with an Electronic Reflected Energy System (ERES)  to permit its acoustic characteristics to be adjusted electronically. Stage engineering includes double purchase counterweight and winch operated suspension sets together with a roller type safety curtain, projection screens, drapes and tracks. Stage lighting with an 180 channel Gemini control desk, electro-acoustic, communications, conference, simultaneous translation, 35/16mm film, video and slide projection systems were provided. Contract value £1.1million

BTRK Television Centre

Installation of studio lighting control, dimmers, luminaires, electrical distribution, suspension system and cyclorama.

United Arab Emirates

Womens Union Building, Abu Dhabi

Design, supply and installation of sound, lighting, projection and stage curtains for 300 seat auditorium. Stage lighting includes 72 ways of Strand LD90 dimmers, wired bars, 64 assorted Strand luminaires and 2 CSI followspots. Projection systems include a dual guage 35/16mm Ernemann film projector and Barco LCD video data projector. Sound reinforcement includes Soundcraft mixer, Carver amplifiers and Community loudspeakers.

Chamber of Commerce Building, Dubai

Sub-contract to Al-Ghandi Establishment for extensive audio visual systems for auditorium, conference room, several meeting rooms and exhibition hall at the Chamber’s new head office. Audio systems cover sound reinforcement, PA, conference microphone management, simultaneous interpretation and communications. Video includes large screen projection, editing, replay and MATV network. Other equipment consists of stage rigging, curtains and tracks, lighting, film and slide projection while full electrical installation is provided. Consultants – Nikken Sekkei, Japan. Contract value £1.05 million

Officers Club Theatre, Abu Dhabi

Systems package for 600 seat fully equipped theatre. Rigging systems include 34 counterweight and 4 electrically operated rigging sets. Stage equipment also covers safety curtain, revolve, screwjack orchestra lift, projection screen, tracks, drapes and cyclorama. Lighting control, dimmer racks and luminaires. Sound, communication, film and slide projection systems are included together with complete AV equipment for a lecture theatre. Contract value £650,000

InterContinental Hotel, Abu Dhabi

Design, installation and commissioning of high specification conference microphone and sound reinforcement systems in Hotel Ballroom for Arabian Gulf Co-operative Council Heads of State Summit Conference. Contract value £100,000.


Municipality Building, Abu Dhabi

Stage and projection equipment under sub-contract to Philips.