IEC plans to meet the excess demand from exhibitors from around the globe by increasing the floor space further.
The show aims to be the platform to propel Middle East towards the $31.8bn theme parks industry. IEC is expecting over 250 firms from across 30 countries to take part in DEAL 2013, the largest show for the themeparks and amusement industry in the Middle East. The show also expects to attract over 7000 trade visitors from across these markets.
According to a research by US based Global Industry Analysts Inc. (GIA) World market for ‘Theme Parks’ is projected to reach $31.8bn by the year 2017. Growth will be primarily driven by increased consumer per capita spending on entertainment and leisure platforms, and growing base of middle class households, increasing disposable incomes, urbanization in developing countries and increasing popularity of mass entertainment.
DEAL is the Middle East’s annual focal point for all stakeholders in the amusement and related industries looking for a successful entry or greater growth in the region’s markets. The event is scheduled to take place from April 23-25, at The Arena at Dubai World Trade Centre.
Mr. Abdul Rahman Falaknaz; Chairman of IEC stated that, “We are delighted to mention that the show is sold out already. Last year contracts worth AED800 million were signed at DEAL 2012 indicating renewed confidence in the region’s leisure sector. Now in its 19th edition, DEAL is the only platform in the Middle East for exhibitors in these industries to connect with buyers, for buyers to see and test the latest products and services, and for professionals to share best practice and make new contacts. We are aiming to propel the region’s theme parks industry through this show and thereby enabling the exhibitors and the consumers capture the potential this billion dollar industry.”
“Visitors can attend dedicated seminars, see technology at its innovative best, network with industry peers, and develop profitable business relationships. For an exhibitor, this is the best opportunity of the year to showcase their quality equipments and services to thousands of potential buyers at a single venue,” added Mr.Falaknaz.
“DEAL is the region’s most important meeting point since 1995 for manufacturers, suppliers, buyers, entrepreneurs, businessmen, technologists and professionals in the amusement industry. This year again, there will be many innovative solutions that will be showcased at the show. We are expecting several exhibitors to bring in new products and technology to the show. Last year’s show generated a record number of exhibitors and visitors and most of them pledged to return in 2013 as well. As an exhibitor, this is their best opportunity of the year to showcase quality equipments and services to thousands of potential buyers at a single venue. As a visitor, they can attend dedicated seminars, see technology at its innovative best, network with industry peers and develop profitable business relationships,” added Mr. Sharif Rahman, CEO, IEC.
DEAL 2012 welcomed several of the amusement industry’s leaders, with regional and global names such as Amusement Services International (ASI), Warehouse of Games, Zamperla Middle East, Moser Rides, Freij Entertainment, Showgames, Glamour Nails, PRO-FAB, Guzzi Eugenio and Rainbow Productions among several other industry leaders from across the globe. With last year’s show generating a record number of exhibitors and visitors, and most of them pledging to return, DEAL 2013 is expected to witness an even larger gathering of key players and visitors in the amusement industry from the Middle East, African, Mediterranean, and Asian countries.
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