THE ONLY EVENT BRINGING YOU CLOSER TO A BILLION DOLLAR TOURISM, ATTRACTIONS, LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

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MENA - the world’s fastest growing region for theme parks spending by 2020! According to International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), MENA will be the fastest-growing region for theme parks spending over the next three years. It is expected to triple to $541 million in 2022, giving it higher spending than the more mature markets such as Australia.

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Dubai - home to the world’s largest water park! Aquaventure at Atlantis the Palm, world’s next largest water park, will expand the attraction by 30% in 2020.

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New Kuwait 2035 programme - multi billion investments in entertainment announced. The $1bn Kuwait Olympic Village, featuring a 25,000-seater stadium, indoor facilities for individual and team sports, and various support facilities.

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600 cinema screen projects in Saudi Arabia worth over 1 billion AED announced by MENA owner of VOX Cinemas - Majid Al Futtaim.

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More than $3.54 billion investments in cinema screens across the Gulf is expected to boost the region’s cinema industry.

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An MoU between leading UAE mall operator, Meeras and the Chinese Sumanea Group signed for the development of $272 million 570,000sqft retail project, which will predominately sell goods from Chinese businesses aiming to establish a base in the GCC markets.

#1 Destination for everyone interested in future cinemas, theme parks, attraction tech, family entertainment centres, malls, creativity and innovation

MENA’s ONLY SHOW CONSISTENTLY ATTRACTING TOP LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT CEOs


Beyond the park towards a destination resort: Unlock new multi-million-dollar offerings to meet the needs of the ‘experience economy’.

Malls alone contributed 11% on the GDP of UAE, amounting to $11.55 billion. They are not just places to shop and spend a few leisure hours with the family, they have become drivers of the economy.

Revamping the traditional cinema: How cinematic experiences will make your movie theatre the number one attraction

Our Expert Line-up of Speakers from Previous Editions

His Excellency Dr. Abdul Qader bin Othman Amir

Undersecretary for Technical Affairs
Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (MOMRA)

H.H Sheikh Majid Al Mualla

Divisional Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations Centre
Emirates Airline

Jennifer Suggitt

Head of Corporate Relations
The British Museum, London

Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen

Chief Executive Officer
Novo Cinemas

Peter Walichnowski

CEO
Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN)

Fawaz Alharbi

Head of Projects
Jeddah Economic Company, Saudi Arabia

H.E. Saeed Mohamed AlNabouda

Director General
Dubai Culture & Arts Authority

William T. Mannarelli

Director of Real Estate
FC Barcelona, Spain

Manuel Rabate

Museum Director
Louvre Abu Dahbi

Dr. Khaled Altareri

Vice General Manager
Ministry of Commerce & Investment, Saudi Arabia

ALexis Dijksterhuis

Vice President, Strategic Planning and New Businesss
Flash Entertainment

Nita Odera

General Manager
Blue Rhine Industries

Claude Attala

Chief Hospitality & Retail Officer
Shamayel United Development Company, Saudi Arabia

H.E. Eng. Rashad M. Bukhash

Chairman
Architectural Heritage Society, UAE

Haitham Mattar

Chief Executive Officer
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

Eng. Shatha Al Mulla

Head of Research and Studies Unit, Architectural Heritage and Antiques Department
Dubai Municipality

Terry Kane

Head of Auto, Finance, Telco & Travel
Facebook & Instagram

Bill Coan

President & CEO
ITEC Entertainment

Gillian Hamburger

Senior Vice President, Commercial
Expo 2020

Kristin Hibbs

Head of Design
The Science Museum, London

Mohamed Attia

General Manager
Al Othaim Leisure, GCC

Alexander Schneider

Vice President
Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts EMEA

Andreas Plum

General Manager at Lapita Hotel, Dubai Parks and Resorts
Autograph Collection

Hani Zaitoun

Vice President & Head of Coverage and Placements
Al Mal Capital

Karim ElGuanaini

Director Corporate Affairs and Sponsorships Destination Management
Miral

Hathal Al Utaibi

Chief Executive Officer
Alandalus property

Highlights

From Past Editions

2500+

Attendees

500+

participating
companies

200+

speakers

30+

countries

HIGHLIGHTS FROM PREVIOUS EDITONS

Theme Parks and Entertainment Development

Malls Middle East

Tourism Attractions, Leisure, and Entertainment