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Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi breaks Guinness World Records™ Title for the ‘Largest Augmented Reality (AR) Screen’

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT - Abu Dhabi) has just been awarded with the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ (GWR) title for the ‘Largest Augmented Reality (AR) Screen’, as part of a pioneering augmented-reality advertising campaign to promote the UAE capital as a world-leading holiday destination.

The latest marketing campaign utilised the famous 40-foot digital billboard known as Piccadilly Lights in the heart of London, transforming the screen into an interactive augmented-reality (AR) experience, showcasing some of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic landmarks.

Breaking GWR title and bringing Abu Dhabi’s sights to life:
Ali Al Shaiba, Acting Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at DCT - Abu Dhabi, said: “The world-record-breaking augmented-reality experience took over Piccadilly Lights for two weeks, showcasing the UAE capital’s most famous landmarks in a pioneering way. When conceptualising the campaign, we knew we wanted to do more than just bring Abu Dhabi’s famous sights to life at one of London’s most iconic landmarks. We also wanted to capitalise on the scale of the experience by breaking a GWR title for the ‘World’s Largest Augmented Reality (AR) Screen.”

Passers-by play a starring role, with a chance to win a trip to Abu Dhabi:
Aside from breaking a GWR title, the augmented reality screen has also been designed to allow passers-by to play a starring role in the experience. Al Shaiba said: “By standing near the fountain in the square, people are captured by the hi-tech, on-site audience camera - used specifically for advertising for the first time for this campaign – transporting them to some of Abu Dhabi’s most famous attractions - think family-friendly indoor theme park Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, wildlife haven Sir Bani Yas Island, and the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - on the screen. Each one of the capital’s landmarks has been brought vividly to life in London using innovative 3D augmented-reality overlays.”

The awe-inspiring interactive activation played at 10 minutes to the hour, every hour, for two weeks until December 8 – also providing people a chance to win a trip to Abu Dhabi, with Etihad Holidays. To win a trip, people were required to take a selfie of themselves enjoying the augmented-reality experience, share it at competition.visitabudhabi.ae, and ask family and friends to vote for the photo. The picture with the most votes won.

Visitors encouraged to swap rainy, windy days for a sunny holiday:
The timing of the campaign – showcasing through part of November and December - was a strategic move, with the screen incorporating a weather overlay that triggers weather-specific messages. “At this time of year, it is traditionally cold in London, while in Abu Dhabi the weather is wonderfully temperate. With this campaign, we wanted to encourage people to swap rainy, windy days for fun in sunny Abu Dhabi,” said Al Shaiba.

No personal audience data was collected or stored during the making or activation of this campaign.

 
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