In 2011, we had the exciting privilege of installing a putting green on the Burj Al Arab Helipad. This was for the filming of a commercial with the world’s number 1 golfer Rory Mcilroy and the Jumeirah Group. The event made news headlines as Rory took bunker shots from 700 ft off the ground.
This project had a number of obstacles that our team was able to overcome. We had limited time to complete the installation; our access to the helipad was only permitted the day before the filming and the day after. This was due to scheduled helicopter arrivals at the hotel.
As only one lift was available to provide access to the helipad, we had to effectively coordinate all of our activities with the Burj Al Arab’s backroom staff so that this process did not affect their regular operations. We had to bring up all the necessary equipment, which included sand for the bunker.
We were successfully able to install and remove the putting green and sand bunker in the allotted time while allowing the hotel staff to continue with their normal routine.