UAE Government Media Office
Client: UAE Government Media Office
Product: Emirates Mars Mission
Title: Double Moon
Media: OOH, PR and Social Media
Country: United Arab Emirates
Date Of Campaign: 3rd February 2021
Background: As a part of its space exploration agenda, the United Arab Emirates launched the Mars Mission and sent a probe to the Red Planet on 20 July 2020. The probe was set to arrive on Mars on 9 February 2021. This meant the country would be the first Arab nation (and the fifth nation worldwide) to arrive on Mars. The UAE government wanted to make sure that everyone in the world was watching because the Emirates Mars Mission’s Hope Probe would be the first probe to provide a complete picture of Mars’ atmosphere and share the information collected with the whole world.
Idea: Although not many people know this, Mars has two moons – Phobos and Deimos. These moons were in the probe’s line of sight during its arrival, so we decided to bring them to Earth to make the people of the UAE feel as if they were in space.So, using super-realistic sky mapping projection technology that had never before been seen in the Middle East, two giant 70-metre cranes and a 40-metre holo screen, we projected two exact replicas of the Mars moons onto the Dubai sky. Social media picked up on them quickly and within a few hours, the videos had taken the internet by storm and this ensured that the media covered the ‘Double Moon’ phenomenon. After the buzz built up, we made a government announcement via social media and to the press revealing that the phenomenon was actually a projection of the Mars moons that were visible to the UAE’s probe in space. In the address, a government official invited everyone to tune into our live stream and watch the UAE arrive on the Red Planet.
Results: The results exceeded our expectations and helped us reach the UAE Government objectives. ‘The Hope Probe’s Arrival’ on YouTube was the most-watched live stream ever in the UAE. The activation reached more than 82 million people, which is equivalent to more than 8 times the entire population of the UAE. With a single stunt executed over 3 days in just one location, we achieved over USD 8.2 million in earned media, and more than 380 broadcast networks in over 50 countries covered the story.