Mr. Mohammed Falaknaz, Vice President of International Expo Consults (IEC) and senior management from IEC and other international industry officials were also present during the inauguration of the 19th edition of the show. IEC, the show organiser, is a subsidiary of Falak Holding, UAE’s multi-faceted business conglomerate.
DEAL is 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 show welcomed over 250 firms from across 33 countries. The show also expects to attract over 7000 trade visitors. The three day event started on April 23rd at ‘The Arena’, Dubai World Trade Centre.
Mr.Falaknaz stated that, “We have reached yet another landmark today and is a momentous occasion for the entire team at IEC as we inaugurated the 19th edition of the show. I would like to thank all our exhibitors and partners who have supported and trusted us throughout this long journey of almost two decades. We grew organically and today it has become one of the largest platforms in the Middle East for entertainment and leisure industry. The show has generated sales amounting to millions of dollars for exhibitors during the last year and we are expecting this year to be another record breaking event. This year’s event is much larger than the earlier editions”.
DEAL 2013 has a large gathering of key players and visitors representing the amusement industry from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, US, Mediterranean and Asian countries. DEAL 2013 welcomed some of the amusement industry’s leaders, with regional and global names such as Amusement Services International – UAE, Warehouse of Games- UAE, Zamperla – Italy, IE Park SRL Soli Bumper Cars – Italy, Famosa – Spain, Eibe Production + Vertrieb GMBH & CO. KG – Germany, Mack Rides GMBH & CO KG – Germany, Sacoa Playcard System – Argentina, Gulftech Amusement Rides – KSA, Brunswick – UAE, US Bowling Corporation – USA, Neptune – Benson – USA, Rainbow Productions – UK, The United Distributing Company Ltd. – UK, Sanderson Group International – Australia and Polin Waterparks and Pool Systems – Turkey, among other industry majors from across the globe.
Mr. Falaknaz, further stated that, “The airports and hotels, malls are all experiencing a very heavy traffic flow in the UAE. The entertainment and amusement industry is definitely growing worldwide and in the Middle East as well. We are expecting approximately 20 percent growth within the industry this year which is a significant rate of growth. Our show was completely sold out several months prior to the event and that is definitely a great indication that the industry is back on an exponential growth trajectory.”
According to a research by US based Global Industry Analysts Inc. (GIA) the worldwide market for theme parks is forecast to reach US$31.8 billion by the year 2017. As per the report, growth will primarily be 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 waxing popularity of mass entertainment.
“People want something different and interesting to spend their time and money on. Through DEAL we aim to address all these aspects of the industry and aim to provide a platform for the exhibitors and customers. Definitely the amusement and theme parks industry will grow in the years to come. As mentioned the key reason for that is this region doesn’t have the luxury of being outdoors throughout the year. Family Entertainment Centres (FEC) are growing as this is a part of a mall where people go to shop and dine and also take their family to the entertainment activities which are all available within the mall at a fraction of the cost.,” added Mr. Sharif Rahman, CEO, IEC.
IEC is aiming to boost the region’s theme parks industry through this show and thereby enabling the exhibitors and the consumers capture the potential of this billion dollar industry.
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.
“As an exhibitor, this is their best opportunity of the year to showcase quality and innovative equipments and services to thousands of potential buyers at a single venue. This year again, there are several innovative solutions that are being showcased at the show,” concluded Mr. Sharif Rahman, CEO, IEC.
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