UAE50 floating stage

UAE50; Floating by Combifloat

Recently the UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in Hatta, Dubai were held and attended by the UAE’s most senior dignitaries.

Combifloat’s role

Combifloat played a major role in realisation of the show at Hatta Dam. Essentially the industrial pontoons provided a solid foundation for the stages. The coupling mechanism enabled great flexibility in configurations, fitting the multiple applications for the event.

Almost 200 floats were used to configure the various floating pontoons needed for the show. Eye catching were the 1000 tons build-up of the stage pontoon and 700 tons of grandstand pontoon, both in their own unique shape to optimize surface and load.

Combifloat mobilized e the largest amount of floats ever on a single project. Apart from shipping from Europe to the UAE, some 100 trucks were deployed for the final stretch to Hatta Dam.

barge layout with spacing

Sample barge layout

The show

Staged in Hatta Dam Lake and surrounded by the Hajar Mountains, it provided a magnificent setting for an amazing show.

The show’s centrepiece was a huge sculpture, supported by modern technology and set on a floating stage in the Hatta Dam Lake, to highlight the close relationship between humans and nature and UAE’s history since the 19th century.

The show comprised nine chapters chronicling highlights from the UAE’s 50-year development journey and projections of the UAE’s future in the next 50 years.


Key benefits Combifloat

  1. Modularity allowed transport to the mountain lake
  2. Availability ex stock
  3. Easy and fast assembly
  4. Very flexible in achievable configurations due to multiple ways to connect floats


  • UAE 50th National Day Celebration
  • Artistic Director and Designer Es Devlin
  • Location Hatta Dam
  • Offical producer Larmac Projects
  • Credit photos: Nicolas Chavance


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