AO Drones, the specialist provider of drone light shows, recently played a key role in an unforgettable event to thank Dubai’s frontline workers for their heroic service during the COVID‐19 pandemic. Conceived and produced by AO Drones’ Producer, Marco Niedermeier, the event combined a stunning aerial display from AO Drones’ sophisticated drone fleet, plus a special message from emergency services vehicles arranged to spell ‘Thank You’, in both English and Arabic.
To realize the event, Niedermeier called on the help of friends from Dubai’s event production network, including Done Events, GTV Film Productions and Brand Dubai. “Everybody was keen to be involved,” says Niedermeier. Dubai’s COVID‐19 lockdown meant that all planning meetings were carried out via video conferencing platforms, and on‐site operations were conducted in accordance with safe working guidelines. The 10.5‐minute show featured images including a portrait in light of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum ‐ Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the flag of the UAE, and scenes depicting social distancing, handwashing and face‐masks. Finally, the drones formed the #StrongerTogether motto, introduced by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and ‘Thank You’ to honour the heroes in the frontline against COVID‐19. “It was amazing to see the reactions of the people,” says Niedermeier. “Most of them had not seen a drone show before. When the drones came up, it was a ‘Wow’ moment.”