MENALAC organized LEISURE & ATTRACTIONS SAFETY DAY on November 1st 2017 in Dubai.
MENALAC (Middle East & North Africa Leisure and Attraction Council) the amusement association for the Middle East and North African market organized a Safety Seminar on November 1st, 2017 at Crowne Plaza, Dubai. The program for the Seminar had been drafted by the Safety Committee of the Council, which comprises of Safety Professionals from all the leading leisure and entertainment operations in the region. The event brought together regulatory bodies, inspection agencies, safety professionals and operators on the same platform.
Described as ‘a seminar by the industry for the industry’, the rationale behind this event was to educate Amusement Industry professionals about the latest safety protocols in both indoor and outdoor entertainment facilities, accreditation procedures, and operational safety measures followed in the region.
The audience was fortunate to be the first to benefit exclusively from a presentation by Eng. Mohamed Gad - Senior Accreditation Engineer at the Emirates International Accreditation Centre - about the newly updated DAC Req 16. The update was published on Dubai Accreditation Centre website just a few days before the Safety Seminar. Eng. Mohamed Gad focused on the major changes explaining why the need to add or change, he interacted and answered the audience questions on how these changes will affect the operation and inspections.
EN Standards 13814 were tackled respectively by ECO Middle East focusing on the electrical part and TÜV SÜD centered their presentation on the mechanical aspect of the said standards.
Water Parks and FEC operational safety were the main subjects of the afternoon session, presented respectively by Michael Fijas General Manager of Polo RAK Amusements, LLC who has over 30 years in Amusement and Water parks experience followed by Ahmed El Newihy, FEC Manager at Magic Planet Majid Al Futtaim Leisure and Entertainment. Both have given examples of real day to day situations and shared with the delegates some of the best practices they use. Ryan Watkins, Operations Director at the upcoming Warner Bros Abu Dhabi in an interactive discussion with the delegates debated third party certification of Theme Park Operations.
The day was described by many of the attendees as interesting and informative. “This Seminar deals with what I call – ‘The Serious Side to the Business of Fun’. I can safely say that Safety is the number one priority of the attractions industry and that is why operators, manufacturers & authorities work together to develop and deliver safe guest experiences, said Prakash Vivekanand, Managing Director, Amusement Services International and Secretary General of MENALAC.