What's new in our Leisure and Attractions world?
Dear Reader,
In September, schools are now well underway, and everyone is back in their offices. And yet, plenty of people are looking to have fun over weekends and holidays with family and friends.
Over the last month, we saw tourism increase globally, with GCC tourism rising exponentially. Some of the newest regional industry developments include Saudi Arabia's announcement of a new gaming and Esports Strategy that will make the kingdom a global hub by 2030. Saudi Arabia also announced the introduction of an electronic visa for GCC residents. Qatar is getting world cup ready and so are its many attractions to benefit from the world cup business. In the UAE, Dubai has announced what could be the region’s hottest tourist attraction. And more..
MENALAC’s FOCUS ON ABU DHABI 2022: Investment, Innovation, and the Future of Fun event, originally scheduled for Sep 28 & 29 has been postponed and will now take place on Dec 07 & 08 in Abu Dhabi. We are excited to welcome leisure and attraction industry professionals from around the world to an exciting and engaging experience with industry leaders on what makes the Abu Dhabi Entertainment Industry so iconic. The two-day seminar will host multi-networking opportunities and a look at some of Abu Dhabi's most iconic attractions. Seats are limited, so Book TODAY if you haven't already!
And now, to wrap up our September newsletter, check out our MENA Leisure Update, MENALAC New Members, Member Achievements & Milestones, World Leisure News, Tips n Trends, etc. below! 
We hope you enjoy the read. Let’s dive in!
Qatar’s first indoor theme park, the award-winning DOHA OASIS QUEST has successfully completed a year, surmounting the Covid challenges. Featuring more than 30 rides - a mix of adrenaline-heavy thrill rides, media-controlled simulators, virtual reality experiences, and family-friendly attractions - it has become a go-to hub for families and finds itself regularly listed on popular sites as a MUST VISIT place in Qatar.
We are delighted to get in conversation again with Marcel Hendriks, General Manager, Doha Oasis Quest to check on how the year has been, the achievements, milestones and additions, future trends, and how they getting ready for the World Cup business. Read More
We can all agree that leadership teams in the MENA leisure and entertainment sector are no strangers to managing crises. You manage large-scale, complex operations with huge workforces, serving even greater numbers of customers. All your operations are conducted with safety as a priority, and many of you have (successfully) navigated your way through some very difficult situations, ranging from pandemics to extreme weather events. However, regardless of sector, size, or geographic location, many teams we have worked with share the same “blind spots” in their crisis preparations.  

Read this article by Angiolo Tosi, Associate Director, Crisis and Security Consulting, Control Risks on the five areas in crisis preparedness that are of particular importance to companies operating in the leisure and entertainment sector. Read More
A Family Entertainment Center (FEC) is a venue where experiences such as games, attractions, and other activities that appeal to different age groups or families are offered. It will take more than bright and creative ideas to start your own family entertainment center business. This simplified guide will help you figure out how to start an FEC.
Read this article provided by EMBED, an industry leader in transforming the business of fun going completely cashless and using integrated technologies – on the 10 necessary steps and procedures that enable you to kickstart your dream venture and allow you to get the best results. Read More
Alhokair aims to operate entertainment sites operated by PlayOCity by Hasbro for SR49 million and by “Cocomelon” for SR45 million. Read More
Majid Al Futtaim‘s attractions at Riyadh Park Mall also include Yalla! Bowling and Magic Planet. Read More
WhiteWater, a leading waterpark manufacturer, has been exhibiting at IAAPA Expo Europe in London this week, where the firm made a number of key announcements. Read More
TELUS Spark Science Centre in Calgary, Canada, boasted a successful start to the summer with SPREE Interactive’s 6-player Arena as one of its newest educational attractions. Read More
Aquatic Development Group (ADG), a leading water park and recreational design, construction, and manufacturing firm, has brought a former water park back to life with new attractions. Read More
Sacoa Cashless System, the worldwide leader in revenue management systems for the amusement, entertainment, and leisure industries was chosen by SEGA Amusements International for its parts and services division - Sega Total Solutions (STS) – to enter a distribution agreement in the EMEA region. Read More
Betson Enterprises will open a new state-of-the-art facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.This 45,000-square-foot warehouse is in the Bromigo Industrial Plaza and features 12 dock doors and six grade-level loading doors. Read More
Triotech, market leader in interactive attractions, is proud to announce its participation in SAGA experience from Puy du Fou Asia, scheduled to open at the beginning of 2023 in Shanghai, China. Read More
A new tourism hub in the Turkish capital will provide entertainment and arts opportunities. Read More
Aquatic Development Group (ADG), a leading water park and recreational design, construction, and manufacturing firm, has announced its latest collaboration with a team of expert disability advocates to enhance access to water products. Read More
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