The Middle East & North Africa Leisure and Attractions Council (MENALAC), a not-for-profit trade council representing the MENA leisure and attractions industry – hosted a two-day seminar and networking event titled “Focus on Saudi Arabia” in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from December 5-6, 2018. The purpose of the event was to understand the new opportunities for leisure & attractions business in the Kingdom.
Over 110 delegates comprising leading industry professionals from the MENA leisure and entertainment sector as well as leading amusement suppliers from Europe and the US attended the event. It was sponsored by the Abdul Mohsen Al Hokair Group and Al Othaim Group for Leisure and Tourism, two prominent players in the Saudi Arabia’s leisure industry.
A keynote presentation was made by Mohannad Abanomy, infrastructure development director of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) – the regulatory authority spearheading the change initiatives as part of the Vision 2030 programme of the Kingdom. Commenting on the event, he said, “We are indeed pleased to be a part of this MENALAC event. We do believe in the long-term benefit such events will have in paving the road for expanding the leisure industry in the Kingdom. We foresee a very bright future for…
November 2018 issue
More details have been released on next month's Saudi Arabia networking event being organised by trade association MENALAC for Riyadh on December 5 and 6. It will be held at the Holiday Inn Al Qasr in the Olaya District of the city.
The trade body’s first Saudi event is pioneered by leading industry professionals from the MENA leisure and entertainment sector, to educate and update participants on the new opportunities that are available that will transform the leisure and attractions business in the country.
The event and panel discussion will address key industry sectors such as theme parks, tourist and visitor attractions, family entertainment centers, and cinemas. The prime aim is to bring together authorities, investors, stakeholders, developers, senior and middle management executives from regional governmental agencies, leisure facilities, retail and real estate developments under one roof to better understand and capitalise on the new opportunities now available in the sector. Top industry stakeholders with a rich, established international presence have already confirmed their speaker participation at the event.
Day one will cover CEO conclave panel discussions on the status of the leisure busines, past, present and future, presentations on the new vision for leisure and entertainment in KSA; cinemasa;…
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A setting and organisation that would not have been out of place in Hollywood… the Middle East amusement and entertainment industry’s own “Oscars” night was a triumph for the people who evidently worked hard to stage it.
Nine independent judges from the industry chose winners from over 70 entries in different categories of the leisure, entertainment and attractions business in the Middle East. The entries came from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Kuwait and were fiercely contested.
The judges’ votes were assessed by an independent auditor and the results compiled. It provided the excitement to conclude a glittering gala dinner and awards night, put together by a team at MENALAC, the region’s trade association, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dubai midway through the DEAL trade show held the same week.
It meant that a very international audience was in town and they graced the red carpets at the Ritz Carlton and enjoyed the hospitality provided by leading companies in the industry, ASI, IE Park, Al Hokair, Landmark, Cheer Amusement and HPS Middle East.
It was a personal triumph for one of the founders of the FEC business in the Middle East, Abdul Mohsen Al Hokair, chairman of the…
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