Dear Readers,

This month may have been a shorter one, but it has been packed with announcements from across the Leisure, Attractions and Entertainment industry including new launches and partnerships. We have been treated to updates on several projects within the MENA region, stirring up excitement as to what the industry will look like in the coming years. 

We are also thrilled to see many of our members celebrating accolades and openings this month, may their successes continue. 

More episodes have been added to our new podcast ‘Member Musing’, do check out the insightful discussions regarding accessible offerings in the waterpark sector and key trends shaping MENA’s LEA industry. 

MARCH 2023 is here and we eagerly look ahead to the highly anticipated MENALAC events (Water Conference, LEA CEO Conclave, Safety Day Conference & the Awards Gala), alongside the DEAL 2023 EXPO where the industry will come together to collaborate and inspire one another. We invite you to be part of the Leisure Industry’s biggest meet-up in Dubai.
Let’s dive in to find out about all these exciting updates within the industry and MENALAC

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Expo City Dubai is a clean, green, tech-enabled, human-centric city of the future that carries forward the pioneering legacy of Expo 2020 Dubai. It is a destination that promises endless entertainment and has introduced two rides that everyone is bound to enjoy: Garden in the Sky observation tower and Around the World Carousel at Expo City Dubai
Garden in the Sky is a spectacular rotating observation tower that lifts visitors 55m above ground for a panoramic view of the city. Earning its name from the trees that line the upper deck, the base of the tower beams with light at night lending the attraction an out-of-this-world glow. A few steps away, visitors can hop on Around the World, an Italian-made carousel with hand-painted images of past World Expos.

HyperSpace is an experiential attractions developer building physical parks for a digital world, building next-level experiences beamed from tomorrow to blow minds today.
HyperSpace invents and operates next-gen attractions that connect to digital lifestyles. The parks and products adapt the best ingredients of video games, social media, and Web3 culture, translating them into future-forward entertainment attractions. These destinations are content creation arenas, blockchain and AR native, playable like a video game, and built with creators + gamers in mind.

MOBARO offers the Leisure, Sport, and Entertainment industry software and consultancy service to effectively take care of safety, maintenance, and security procedures. 

From years of collaboration with industry professionals, MOBARO have developed the technology and knows how to enable clients to take better care of their number one priority: Safety

From Germany to the rest of the World, VIP Coatings comes to offer high-end lining solutions for all types of Leisure and water-related entertainment applications. 
LEISURE LINE is an integrated system that offers a Turn Key Solution for Aqua Parks, Wave Pools, Surf Pools, Lagoons, Lazy and active rivers, and much more, where VIP COATINGS will assist in Design, Supply, supervision, technical support, or even the installation of the lining systems. LEISURE LINE comes as part of many BE SAFE systems that also come in handy in other areas related to roofing, Liquid containment, tanking, clean coatings for hygienic areas, and much more.
VIP COATINGS uses its long experience and successful track record to offer the best lining solutions and installation advice for every application related to entertainment, especially water-related ones.

Established in 2010, Guangdong Iplay Technology is an integrated enterprise specializing in researching, manufacturing, operating and marketing entertainment game machines. With over 30 years of experience, it is located in Foshan City, Guangdong Province and has an 8500 sqm factory with 68 staff, including senior engineers and technicians.

Iplay's innovative technology has led to the development of over 80 game machine products, including dancing, skill, video, prize, and ticket machines, which have obtained self-dependent intellectual property rights. Its superior quality and excellent after-sale service have made it popular with customers from various industries and exported to many countries.

Iplay also operates and profits from amusement game machines in shopping malls, cinemas, airports, and game centers.

Rajiv Sangari, Vice President, International Business & Special Projects, IMG Worlds of Adventure offers his insights on new trends within the Leisure, Entertainment and Attractions industry in the MENA region. Rajiv also speaks about the impact of MENALAC initiatives such as the LEA CEO Conclave Conference on the 13th of March 2023 and its aims of bringing together our industry leaders for a day of education and inspiration. Listen Now!
Bruce Quay, Chief Operating Officer for Aquatic Development Group discusses how North America’s leading waterpark design, construction and manufacturing firm has been providing innovative and accessible fun for everyone for over 50+ years. More recently offering an authentic surfing experience with their unique product EpicSurf. ADG leads the way in waves having successfully developed, tested, and implemented more technological advancements to wave systems than any other company in the industry. Listen Now!
Kashif Ali, CEO of Fun City, Pakistan shares his thoughts on the company’s milestones and achievements including the recent revamp at Islamabad’s Centaurus Mall. Kashif also explains how Fun City’s mission to provide a safe and enjoyable environment where lasting memories can be created has led to engaging and liaising with low-income schools and orphanages in Pakistan. New projects for 2023 are highlighted in this in-depth article by Fun City, Pakistan along with their excitement in marking the 10th anniversary since their first FEC launch. Read More
In a historic move, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced in January that para surfing has been recommended for inclusion in one of the world’s largest adaptive sporting events – the Paralympic Games set to take place in Los Angeles in 2028. This significant milestone represents the tireless efforts of athletes, organisers and advocates to advance the sport and the adaptive movement worldwide. A final decision by the IPC is expected by the end of 2023.

Read this article by Trisha Hoss, Customer Relations, EpicSurf on the topic "Para surfing poised for Olympic inclusion". Read More
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