Dhow & Anchor offers a contemporary twist on British cuisine. Known locally as D&A, the stylish gastropub is nestled within the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai, a city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). D&A is a popular venue for sports fans, with indoor and outdoor video displays showcasing major sporting events. The restaurant features a tranquil outdoor terrace with impressive views of the Burj Al Arab — one of the world’s tallest, most renowned luxury hotels. 

D&A temporarily closed to undergo an extensive refurbishment, including a full audio and video integration by SONIDO Technology. “The owner of Dhow & Anchor wanted to redesign the space with new technology that would transform the venue. D&A wanted to create a unique restaurant and bar experience with modern, trendy aesthetics,” said Gareth Armstrong, owner of SONIDO Technology. “Before the redesign and retrofit, the venue was very dated. Although the restaurant was a popular venue for expats in the UAE and guests of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the client wanted to create a contemporary atmosphere.”

The Jumeirah Beach Hotel, a contemporary five-star property, is known for its world-class service, signature dining experiences and unique entertainment. The redesign of D&A had to fit the theme of the hotel’s ambience perfectly. “D&A’s vision for the space was to create a unique entertainment venue with video displays featuring live sporting events and audio capabilities for live DJs and bands. Meanwhile, the restaurant wanted to provide a quality dining experience for restaurant-goers,” explains Armstrong. “We had to design an open-concept space with audio and video integration that was easy to use, flexible, reliable and cost-effective. It was important that the staff could seamlessly manage audio zones and video sources and control each video display wirelessly via an iPad.”

SONIDO Technology needed to implement a solution that complemented the restaurant’s sleek design and aesthetics while meeting the technological performance requirements. “We selected Visionary’s PacketAV Series because it integrates seamlessly with other solutions for a plug-and-play installation,” notes Armstrong. “The new system featured a full upgrade including Dante-enabled indoor audio from QSC, marine-grade outdoor speakers from Martin Audio, video displays from LG and an outdoor LED display. We paired Visionary’s PacketAV Matrix Series alongside QSC’s control system for a complete, easy-to-use audio and video routing solution.”

Visionary’s PacketAV Series is a reliable, versatile solution that provides outstanding performance at a cost-effective price. “Visionary’s PacketAV Matrix Series incorporated the product features we needed, such as flexibility and ease of use, while remaining within our client’s budget,” said Armstrong. “We utilized three PacketAV Series Encoders and seven PacketAV Series Decoders to manage the audio and video transmission across numerous video displays and audio zones. D&A required a versatile solution based on changing entertainment events — everything from live sporting broadcasts to DJ sets to band performances — within the restaurant. We were able to meet their needs to create an edgy, unique venue experience.”

Unique to Visionary, its technology is both designed and supported by the same group of engineers. “This project was my first experience working with Visionary, and I look forward to working with them again,” said Armstrong. “I can’t speak enough about their level of customer support. They understand the products in and out. Their ’round-the-clock technical support sets them apart from other manufacturers that I’ve worked with. Our client, the owner of D&A, is very happy with the final installation. We were able to meet their goals with an easy-to-use system that is versatile and effective but stayed within the budget and time frame. We are appreciative of Visionary for its support — it allowed us to have a smooth installation, and the final result was a success for SONIDO Technology and D&A.”

Visionary’s 4K UHD over IP PacketAV Matrix Series encoders and decoders redefine traditional switch matrix systems to create a flexible, scalable, cinema-quality solution for IP networks. The PacketAV endpoints offer ultra-low latency with unlimited distribution capabilities. Utilizing existing network resources, the encoders and decoders can be rapidly deployed enabling cost-effective distribution of multi-channel Dante/AES67 Audio and Video over IP.

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