Unusual at Dubai Airshow

One of the first major contracts for Unusual Rigging and Engineering LLC was the Dubai Airshow, which took place at Airport Expo, Dubai, adjacent to Dubai International Airport. Between 15 and 19 November 2009, some 890 exhibitors from 47 countries displayed their wares at the fastest growing airshow in the world.

As the official rigging contractor to organiser F&E, Unusual Rigging and Engineering not only provided all rigging and associated services, but was also responsible for auditing the safety of all suspended items in the event's four main halls and all exhibitions booths. From the smallest shell schemes to the international pavilion areas to the 800 sq m stand of Abu Dhabi based Mubadala and 775 sq m stand of EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company), the requirements of the exhibitors were many and varied. Ensuring these met the event's rigorous health and safety regulations, Unusual Rigging and Engineering employed both their local team and a group of specialists from Unusual Rigging in the UK, including licensed cherry picker drivers, under the watchful eye of project leader Leon Ingram.

Caryn McConnachie, Operations Director, F&E, said: “The team did an excellent job for us and they delivered everything as promised. I've worked with Unusual Rigging in the UK for many years and was delighted to find that the Dubai staff have the same professional culture.”

Alan Thomson, managing partner of Unusual Rigging and Engineering, said: “Although Unusual Rigging is a long established company in the UK, it was extremely gratifying to be awarded this prestigious contract, especially as we are relatively new in the region. With so many different nationalities, not just the exhibitors but also the various crews, the language skills of our staff were really put to the test. This was a substantial project for any company to take on, working for a host of major international clients, and I'm delighted that everything went very smoothly.”

Unusual Rigging and Engineering LLC can be contacted at PO Box 283586, Dubai,UAE; telephone +971 (0)4 885 9009, fax +971 (0)4 885 9008; or email at alan.thomson@unusualrigging.com

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