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Organisers report 61% of DEAL 2019 exhibition space sold seven months before the show
International Expo Consults (IEC), organisers of the upcoming Dubai Entertainment, Amusement and Leisure (DEAL) Expo have advised that 61% of the floor space has been sold for its 2019 edition - being held from 25th to 27th March 2019 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Marking the 25th staging of Middle East and Arabian Gulf region’s largest entertainment, attractions and amusement exhibition, with seven months left before the silver anniversary edition of the show, the exhibitors have already lined up for participation owing to Dubai’s immense popularity as an entertainment and leisure destination.
With Dubai growing in popularity as a global tourist destination in the world, the Emirate witnessed a record-breaking number of international flyers in 2017, with 15.8 million (a rise of 6.2% on the previous year) people visiting, cemented its position as the most visited city in the Middle East.
In Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the UAE offers some of the top theme parks to rival the rest of the world. With Warner Bros being added into the star studded line up of themeparks in the UAE, the country is expected to pull in more tourists than ever before.
Look forward to DEAL 2019, IEC Chief Executive Sharif Rahman stated “the entertainment industry in the MENA region has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade. We offer some of the best and safest experiences in a theme park anywhere in the world.
“In addition to the theme parks, the other entertainment venue that is doing very well in the region is the family entertainment centre.
The extended summer season with extreme temperatures is the primary cause for their popularity.”
DEAL 2019 will also highlight Dubai adoption of new technology, applying virtual reality in theme park rides and games. The region has welcomed this new change in the form of VR park in Dubai Mall that was launched earlier this year.
Similarly edutainment venues and other indoor activities such as trampoline parks and ropes courses have ensured kids of all ages and with varying interests enjoy the best that the region has to offer.
With DEAL 2019 to occupy Halls 1, 2, 3 and 4 in the Dubai World Trade Centre, Rahman adds “DEAL 2019 will be the silver anniversary of the show (and) we have enjoyed being a part of the industry for the past 25 years and are proud of our contributions to the industry in the MENA region during that time.
“For decades we have ensured we have brought the world leaders and world class innovations in the amusement and entertainment space under one roof.
“We expect that this year will also witness several multi-million dollar deals being conducted during the three-day show.
For more information on DEAL 2019, click here to visit the show entry in the Australasian Leisure Management industry Calendar.
Images: Exhibitors at DEAL 2018.
5th August 2018 - New $1 billion Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi attraction opens
29th May 2018 - Dubai spends US$42.5 billion on mega projects ahead of Expo 2020
15th May 2018 - Dubai Parks and Resorts welcomes 45% rise in visitors in 2018
3rd June 2017 - Global Theme Index shows mixed attendance trends for theme parks
16th April 2017 - Exhibitors sign billion dollar contracts at DEAL 2017
1st February 2017 - Ferrari World Abu Dhabi expansion to drive more visits
30th January 2017 - SeaWorld to open on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island
19th December 2016 - Family Entertainment Centres to thrive in the UAE
6th September 2016 - World’s largest indoor theme park opens in Dubai
4th March 2016 - DEAL launches Arabian Gulf attractions industry conference
18th February 2015 - DEAL 2015 to funnel the merger of retail and entertainment businesses
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