More than 80 crew including producers, directors, engineers, and cameramen from twofour54 intaj and Broadcast Solutions Group (BSG) are in Bahrain to manage the production and broadcast of the 21st Arabian Gulf Cup Tournament, the region’s biennial football tournament, which began in Bahrain on January 5 and will continue until the 18th of this month. Event managers World Sport Group and the Bahrain Local Organising Committee contracted the two entities to undertake the production owing to their successful management of the previous Arabian Gulf Cup, which was hosted by Yemen in 2010.
The Gulf Cup is the region’s premier football tournament and in 2013, fixtures take place at Bahrain’s National Stadium and Khalifa Sports City Stadium.
20 tonnes of equipment were shipped to Bahrain for the event. 37 HD cameras including a spider cam and ultra-motion camera have been installed at both locations to ensure comprehensive coverage.
While intaj is responsible for the management of the production and broadcast of the event, BSG has provided the production equipment and crew.
The team has been tasked with providing footage to all of the regional sports broadcasters adding to the complexity of production requirements and timings. TV channels broadcasting the competition include Abu Dhabi Sports Channel, Dubai Sports Channel, Al Kass TV, Line Sport, Sharjah TV, Kuwait TV, Saudi Sports Channel, Bahrain TV, Oman Sports Channel, Iraqiya TV and MBC.
Noura Al Kaabi, CEO of twofour54, called this “intaj’s biggest production management project outside the UAE to date”.
“We are proud to be assigned for our production expertise on such a large-scale project,” she said.
Saeed Izadi, CEO of Broadcast Solutions Group, added: “This is a great opportunity for Broadcast Solutions Group to showcase its capabilities and leverage its technical expertise. By providing intaj with the best production equipment and crew, we look forward to providing enthusiastic fans across the Arab world coverage from the region’s most anticipated football tournament.”