We are happy to present our July 2019 Newsletter introducing our new Board Member Mr. Shazad Ali Abdullah - the CEO of Cheeky Monkeys Playland. Get to know more about him from his interview on what attracted him to the industry, its future as he sees it, his views on the industry as it evolves, his plans and some of his favorites of the industry.

Here's a round up of happenings in the last month - our new members, MENA industry blockbuster news, member achievements, member speak, updates on trends, tips and information.
GETTING TO KNOW - Shazad Inayatali Abdullah
CEO Cheeky Monkeys Playland LLC, UAE
Shazad Inayatali Abdullah
As a flagbearer for children’s edutainment, Shazad Ali Abdullah has co-founded Mini Monsters and later Cheeky Monkeys in Dubai

Cheeky Monkeys, and its sister companies, Xtreme Laser Tag & Xtreme Play specialize in the dynamic industry of Children’s indoor and Outdoor Events and Edutainment Concepts. Cheeky Monkeys Playland is a unique concept of interactive play combined with exercise and edutainment concepts

In the short span of 7 years since opening its doors Cheeky Monkeys owns & operates 10 locations in the UAE and is setting up more locations in the UAE and 5 international locations between the US, KSA, Lebanon & Philippines.

What fascinated you about the Leisure & Attractions Industry and how did you get into it?
My wife and I grew up in the Unites States. We have the fondest memories of going to epic amusement parks as children with our parents, later we would frequent these parks with friends. We literally grew up going to famous amusement parks such as Universal Studios, Six Flags and Disneyworld. It was truly one of our happiest childhood memories as a family and being together. When we had our children we wanted to create something that gave that every lasting happy childhood memory to our kids but we wanted it to be more bespoke and focus on development of a the various stages of children.
What is your vision for the industry? How do you see it evolving? 
I see the industry has tremendous potential despite the big l players that are now global….you no longer need to travel to America to experience Disney etc. I think there is still a great deal of experiences lacking In more defined verticals, virtual reality , artificial intelligence , smart gaming are all new factors that will help the industry evolve.
As a Board Director for MENALAC, what are your plans for it? Increase membership penetration, create awareness of safety and governmental regulations, be prepared for change
What is your most favorite Industry moment? 
Awards !!
Your favorite Theme Park?  
Universal Orlando
Your favorite Ride? 
Volcano Bay
Your favorite amusement destination?  
Small World
Sum up yourself up in a sentence.
A Progressive individual who is always ready for the next challenge 
in FECs - Lasertag