Mall of Emirates Skislot
Dynamic lighting reflects the contemporary, playful spirit of one of the world�s great shopping centers


Mall of the Emirates located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is one of the largest shopping malls outside of North America. But that is not what makes it unique. Although the Mall features the usual amenities of a large shopping center, its claim to fame is something altogether new for a desert environment � specifically, a one-of-a-kind indoor ski complex.

Located in the heart of what is deemed �New Dubai,� this 223,000 m2 center offers a full range of shopping, leisure, and entertainment activities. Officially opened in November, 2005 it is home to over 400 retailers and features some of the most exclusive attractions you will find at any shopping mall, among them Ski Dubai; the five-star Kempinski Hotel; and Magic Planet, the largest indoor family entertainment center in the country; and much more. Because Mall of the Emirates sought to further differentiate itself from the dozen or so other newly completed malls in Dubai and the surrounding emirates, Martin Professional Middle East, already responsible for some of the regions most distinguishing lighting solutions, was called in to provide an attention getting dynamic lighting scheme for several key areas.

Ski Dubai
Ski Dubai is housed inside a huge 22,500 m2 metal fuselage packed with plenty of groomed artificial snow. The first indoor ski destination in the Middle East, the nearly six acre dome houses five runs (some even black diamond) and a real chairlift that rises some thirty levels. Temperatures are kept at a constant -2o C.

The structure�s outer facade is outlined in a beckoning strip of decorative color changing light from some 370 Martin Architectural full color mixing Cyclo IP65 luminaires. Fully weatherproofed, the Cyclo IP65 is an RGB T5 fluorescent color changer capable of generating nearly all colors or white light of any color temperature. Ski Dubai�s ever changing lighting scheme is controlled via a Martin PC-based ProScenium control system. Debbas Electric L.L.C. installed the Cyclo fixtures with lighting design by Martin Professional Middle East in collaboration with Francis Krahe.

Kempinski Hotel
Offering stunning views of Ski Dubai and the surrounding area are charming chalets that form part of the Kempinski Hotel at Mall of the Emirates. Attached to the Mall, the Kempinski is a 400-room 5-star hotel that offers all the amenities you would expect from a hotel of its class.

The domes of the Kempinsky glow in an ever changing concert of color shades from Martin Architectural CMY colorchanging Exterior Series fixtures: 12 Exterior 600 Compact and 48 Exterior 200 with lighting control from a Martin ProScenium and Martin LightJockey. The Exterior fixtures were installed by Cinmar Lighting Systems with lighting design by Francis Krahe.

Because the domes sit at various levels and the luminaires are spaced at distances too great and impractical for DMX cable, Martin Professional Middle East proposed a wireless control solution using the Martin Wireless DMX 512 device. Located outdoors, two WDMX transmitters communicate with five WDMX receivers. All devices are protected from sun, water and corrosion by IP65 box covers.

Magic Planet
Magic Planet at Mall of the Emirates is the largest indoor family entertainment center in the country. Firmly aimed at the technology savvy younger generation, the two-level fun zone offers a wide variety of rides - including roller coasters - and high tech video and simulation games.

An elegant combination of indirect dynamic illumination and atmospheric audio fills the area courtesy of the Martin Architectural ViroStation. ViroStation consists of flat panel architectural loudspeakers mounted on a slim post and illuminated by Martin Exterior 200 CMY colorchangers. The panels function as both loudspeakers � for music and PA purposes - and light reflectors and blend perfectly into the environment. Its contemporary look complements Magic Planet�s interior design and high tech setting. Martin MAC moving heads add energy to the space as well as to other areas of the mall.