The region witnesses state-of-the-art innovations in the entertainment and amusement industry at the DEAL show
Dubai, UAE, March 28th, 2017: International Expo Consults (IEC) announces that 2017 would be a huge turnaround year in the amusement and entertainment sector as the 23rd edition of DEAL show (Dubai Entertainment, Amusement, and Leisure) unveiled the latest innovations from across the globe. Currently being held at Hall 1, 2, 3 and 4 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the three-day event kicked off yesterday and exhibitors witnessed a large number of local and regional trade visitors on the very first day of the show. The organisers are of the opinion that Dubai with its plentiful offerings will continue to spearhead the region’s indoor entertainment industry.
Apart from bringing attention to several innovations, DEAL 2017 is projecting cutting-edge inventions like much-anticipated - augmented reality games, 9D park rides, 12D cinemas, family entertainment centre equipment, among the endless array of ingenious modernizations presented. The advancement of these innovations sets a new benchmark within the Middle East and even the world’s entertainment sector especially the indoor entertainment industry.
“Every year at the DEAL show we showcase these amazing exhibitors. Each year, the expectations just keep getting higher and we’re happy to state that we were always able to meet those, thanks to the exhibitors and the visitors. DEAL is Middle East’s portal for stakeholders within the amusement industry and this event can boost their growth and provide them a window to enter this region. The outdoor theme park industry in this region has matured and so has Family Entertainment Centres (FEC) which are a must have feature for every mega mall in this region. Some years back it was possible for a retail mall to have its operations without an entertainment centre but not now any longer,” said Mr. Sharif Rahman, CEO, IEC.
As per Global Industry Analysts, the theme park and amusement market across the globe is projected to generate revenues of almost AED118 billion by 2017. Several new projects are coming up in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman and the region is set to witness a remarkable growth in the entertainment sector in the near future.
“We are pleased to be associated with Blooloop to add further value to the stakeholders of the theme park and amusement industry. Blooloop conferences bring together leading executives and key thinkers for a high quality educational day focusing on key trends and developments in the attractions business from the region and beyond. MENALAC - the Middle East and North Africa Leisure and Attractions Council - brings together the leading companies within the region’s entertainment industry, including the theme parks, visitor attractions, water park and family entertainment centre companies. We are happy to have associated with MENALAC which aims at propagating the message of safety in outdoor and indoor leisure facilities in the MENA region,” said Mr. Sharif.
“We are living an era of great acceleration and deep changes, for the whole global society. People of all ages are so much into new technologies, eager to get immersive experiences, to be the main protagonists of their social life. Whatever the field of business, each new project calls for a multidisciplinary approach. The key of success is pooling ideas and expertise from different branch of science, combining social and cultural aspects with the use of cutting edge technologies, receptiveness towards the most sensible themes like green environment, interactivity and social life among the others and providing new solutions, able to surprise and satisfy the client’s need for something new, extraordinary, sensational and unique,” Mr. Loris Darsie, EOS owner and CEO, stated during DEAL 2017.
“At the DEAL show we will, among other popular HUSS® ride attractions, highlight our film based rides, especially HUSS® flying theatre Movie Base XS. The attraction is a next generation Movie Base concept with a new and improved design, including a new seat design. The XS concept alludes to the ride being smaller and more compact than the original version. With its high performance, small building impact and competitive pricing HUSS® Movie Base XS is unrivalled. We are very pleased to announce that the first Movie Base XS attraction has been sold to Russia, due to open in 2018. We are pleased to be attending the DEAL show this year to showcase our flagship products,” said Mirko J. Schulze, CEO of Huss Park Attractions GmbH
“Lagotronics Projects creates interactive experiences for theme parks, museums, amusement parks and shopping malls. We have been pioneers since our earliest beginnings, providing innovative solutions in the field of interactive systems, game development, audio, video, lighting and show control. We don't just push boundaries - we break through them. We see huge future potential in indoor family entertainment centres. Indeed, we’ve already created unique, customized interactive dark rides for several shopping malls and FEC’s in the UAE. Furthermore, we’re proud to introduce our new ride concept: the GameChanger. It’s an ultimate rotating gaming platform, which provides large capacity of guests in a relatively small area. Guests will leave with a big smile on their face for sure!” - Mark Beumers, CEO, Lagotronics Projects, stated during DEAL 2017.
“We believe that UAE and the GCC region successfully established this area as a hub for all kinds of tourism activities, including amusement parks. But we still see some growing potential. The key differentiators that the UAE theme parks have over the others is that large FEC’s in UAE are blazing the trail for the whole industry. The most advanced technology, the best storytelling, top facilities – all this sets a new benchmark for the industry. FEC’s and large malls go together – we see this in the UAE. But maybe decentralized attractions – closer to the shops and not “locked” in a FEC - could also add some bonus points to a shopping experience. Beside a new ride named Sundancer, suitable for installations outdoors and indoors, we are also showing our approach to transport rafts and tubes in waterparks.” - Mr. Georg Dobler, Sales and Product Management at Sunkid GmbH, stated during DEAL 2017.
Indoor centres ideally houses more than 25,000 square feet are with elements that are bound to attract to bring the families together with their children to these outlets. These indoor centres encompasses latest family entertainment centre equipments, video games, redemption games and other innovative offerings to hold the young children spell bound.
“Industry experts are of the view that shopping malls in the UAE are more focusing on enhancing their entertainment facilities as more and more visitors are increasingly stopping over retail malls for entertainment rather than shopping. Malls are striving to bring in new leisure attractions but they should also understand that they should enhance their existing entertainment offerings rather than getting something new. Many consumers would come to a mall for varied reasons including family entertainment and sightseeing. Retailers on the other hand are leaving no stone unturned to turn shopping into an entertainment experience and thereby increasing sales.” added Mr. Sharif.
2017 seems to be promising for the retail and entertainment industry as operations in the leisure and amusement sector have registered an exponential growth in revenue in the current year. FECs are the main strong pillars that would be supporting the retail operations and developments within the Middle East and is pegged to grow at a fast pace in 2017 and beyond. Malls with FECs have registered a considerable hike in earnings in the last few months which is mainly due to the influx of tourists from other regions. FECs form the crux of the retail industry on a wider scale as without the fusion of FECs within retail malls, the whole retail sector would have been just another stand-alone retail sector.