Unusual Rigging& Engineering LLC rigs IDEX at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi
27th March 2023Unusual Rigging & Engineering LLC was the rigger of choice for IDEX – the largest defence exhibition in the Middle East – when it took place at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi last month. The show, which is regarded as the most important tri-service defence exhibition in the world, attracted over 130,000 visitors from 65 countries, with more than 1350 exhibitors across 165,000 sq m of space.
For such a prestigious and sizeable event, David McKean, head of mains and rigging services at ADNEC, brought Unusual Rigging on board to assist the venue rigging team in the installation and management of rigged items throughout all 15 halls for the event.
David commented: “The Unusual team works with us numerous times each year and are well versed in our expectations. This year there were over 100 stands, and Unusual received rigging plans from the rigging manager for each individual stand. From this they were required to mark out and provide both primary and secondary rigging.”
The quantity of kit required for IDEX was vast, with the crew installing several kilometres of truss, over 1200 rigging points and 500 motorised hoists. The build-up period was 21 days, with all works finished by lunch time on the last day of build. As with all projects of this scale, challenges arose – mainly last-minute orders. “I have to mention that the entire office team went above and beyond in providing equipment for us to install on exhibition stands at the shortest of notice,”, commented David. “And that’s what puts Unusual in a class above its competitors. Their flexibility and knowledge is second to none and you know that you get 100% support from everyone – from the riggers on site to the staff in the office.”
He added: “In addition to the customer service and support, we always know that the equipment Unusual has in stock is first class – always well maintained which gives you the peace of mind that you can trust the kit you’re using. Without doubt, Unusual Rigging is our preferred supplier, and we will always utilise them for both staffing and dry hire throughout this year…and beyond.”
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