The independent Arab nation of Qatar, officially known as the State of Qatar, is located in the Middle East, on the coast of the Persian Gulf. The country has the highest per capita income in the world. its capital city, Doha, is known for its futuristic skyscrapers and other ultramodern architecture inspired by ancient Islamic design. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is the current Emir of Qatar. He became the 8th Emir of Qatar on 25 June 2013 after his father's abdication.
Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Mosque, also known as Qatar State Mosque or the State Grand Mosque was opened in 2011. Officially Qatar’s national mosque, it is named after an 18th century Sunni Muslim preacher and scholar. Located at Al-Khuwair in Doha, the air-conditioned, extravagant yet clean-lined mosque is believed to be the Middle East’s largest, with 90 domes, 18 entrances and capacity for 30,000 people.
In 2011, leading broadcast solutions provider Gearhouse Broadcast was tasked with delivering a high specification, turnkey broadcast installation for Qatar’s new national mosque.
The installation needed to be configured to accommodate the regular live broadcasts of Qatar Television (QTV).
Specifically, the television network wanted to utilise the mosque for live feed every occasion during Ramadan EID and Adha EID, as well as during prayers every Friday.
Gearhouse Broadcast’s Systems Integration team is known for taking a tailored approach for each client, providing innovative and flexible broadcast solutions using the very latest in broadcast technologies. This project was no exception.
The Broadcast Control Room was fitted out with a Sony DVS 9000 vision mixer, Harris routing, glue and Inscriber graphics, Sony VTRs, a Miranda Kaleido multi-viewer and six JVC 42 LCD display monitors.
The audio mixer supplied was a Soundcraft BB100, which was specially fitted into bespoke Custom Consoles technical furniture. The five Sony BVP-E30 system cameras supplied with a mix of Canon J35 and J22 lenses were supplemented by ten Panasonic AW-E860 cameras, with Canon YJ20 lenses on hot-heads.
Some of the other major system components were provided by Trilogy Communications, Tektronix and Evertz. Panasonic remote control cameras were installed to provide extra coverage of the main Mosque area. Comprehensive technical cabling was carried out to custom wall boxes throughout the Mosque, some fitted with marble inserts.