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Rigging marvelous!

This month's cover story, which profiles the leading companies and latest technologies to emerge from the stage rigging and dressing industries, perfectly illustrates the advances that have been made in sectors often viewed as somewhat less glamorous sides of the events business.

This month's cover story, which profiles the leading companies and latest technologies to emerge from the stage rigging and dressing industries, perfectly illustrates the advances that have been made in sectors often viewed as somewhat less glamorous sides of the events business.

Motion control has transformed what is mechanically possible in regards to stage design, while LED starcloths and drapes have radically altered the industry's perceptions of high-impact visual stage presentations.

Each major supplier featured in this month's cover story has not only carved a successful niche in the marketplace, but in many cases they've been solely responsible for the development of groundbreaking technologies.

While Europe and North America remain their priorities, it is interesting to note how many either boast a permanent presence in the Middle East or at the very least work with a partner in the region, and their impressions of what many of them still describe as a boom market.

Elsewhere in this issue, we showcase the best images from the recent PALME Middle East convention in Dubai, which did a good job of emulating the success of recent installments of the event, as well as a comprehensive buyer's guide to the latest loudspeaker technologies available on the market.

We also turn the spotlight on boom Dubai-based events production firm and laser lighting specialist Eclipse Staging Services.

The company has enjoyed significant success in recent years, supplying kit to a range of high-profile events, including the launch of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.

The company has also earned significant business supplying laser and lighting technologies to clients in the region, as well as LED display equipment and the latest RFID technologies.

Eclipse's expansive warehouse facility located in Al Quoz Industrial Estate in Dubai houses an extensive range of technologies, in addition to laser testing facilities.

In this issue of Sound & Stage we also feature an interview with Nick Groves, the entrepreneurial founder of Dubai-based InHouse Productions.

Groves has taken a sometimes eclectic approach to the business and earned major commercial dividends in the process. His company has carved a successful niche in the events industry, recently launched a new division in the UK, and developed innovative solutions for clients including venue domes, venue viewing platforms and F1 simulators utilising the latest telematic technologies.

Groves' latest project is designing a new 40,000 seat stadium on behalf of AS Monaco FC, one of Europe's most successful football clubs.

As Groves himself says, working in the events industry often leads you into industries and roles you may never have otherwise thought possible.

Food for thought, really.

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