January 4, 2018 by David Snook
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MENALAC (Middle East & North Africa Leisure and Attraction Council) the amusement association for the Middle East and North African market will be organizing a safety seminar on November 1st, 2017 at Crowne Plaza, Dubai. The program for the seminar has 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.
Labeled as ‘a seminar by the industry for the industry’, it is aimed at educating and informing Leisure Industry professionals the latest updates in safety protocol in both indoor and outdoor entertainment facilities, accreditation procedures, and operational
safety measures followed in the region. “Safety procedures in entertainment spaces have become the most hotly debated subjects in the region. The Seminar will host feature speakers who have a wealth of proven regional market experience in complying with regulatory requirements and maintaining safety standards within leisure facilities in the region. As MENALAC, our prime objective is to ensure that Leisure & Entertainment Industry in the Region
pertains to the highest Safety Standards,” said Mr. Markus Mack-Even, the Chairman of MENALAC’s Safety Committee.
Speakers from the Emirates International Accreditation Centre, TÜV SÜD, Eco Middle East, Farah Experiences,…
Two-day LEA conference to focus on safety and leadership in the entertainment and amusement industry in the region.
MENALAC – the Middle East and North Africa Leisure and Attractions Council – brings together the leading companies within the region’s entertainment industry, including the theme parks, visitor attractions, water park and family entertainment centre companies. The organization aims at propagating the message of safety in outdoor and indoor leisure facilities in the MENA region. The ‘Leisure, Entertainment and Attractions’ (LEA) conference will be held in the Al Ain meeting halls A and B at the exhibition centre and the programme will cover all aspects of today’s attractions industry. Day one will cover safety, including safety standards, and day two will focus on the leadership conference with senior industry panelists taking part.
They will present a roundtable discussion on major elements of today’s industry. Eng.Redha Hassan Salman, Director of Public and Health Safety Department, Dubai Municipality, Neil Dwyer, IMG Director – Health & Safety, Ammar Belleh, Health and Saftery manager MAF Leisure and Entertainment, Shyamkumar Pillai, Head of R&M and Quality Assurance Play Structures, Landmark Leisure shared their viewpoints on the importance of safety in the leisure and amusement industry.
Intergame March 17, 2017
The new trade association in the Middle East, MENALAC - the Middle East and North Africa Leisure and Attractions Council - is tackling issues as diverse as safety at waterparks and good practices at aquariums and museums during its two-day conference, March 26-27, coinciding with the DEAL trade show in Dubai.
The organisation, which includes all types of facilities from family entertainment centres, theme parks, waterparks and other leisure locations, has put together a range of talks by specialists covering every aspect of its activities for the conference.
“We have everything for all parts of the wider leisure industry,” said a MENALAC spokesperson, “from theme parks good practices to speakers from the wider retail industry, which is so much a part of our business.”
This latter area will include an address on how the shopping mall business relies upon leisure to help drive footfall. This will be delivered by Phil McCarthur, president of McArthur Company, a specialist consultancy on shopping malls.
March 16, 2017 by David Snook
The biggest names in Middle East FEC operating will form the nucleus of the panelists in the day two sessions of the MENALAC Conference, due to be held during the DEAL trade show in Dubai (March 26-27).
The heads of the four biggest operating companies will be taking part, together with the principals of the big new theme parks in the emirate.
The second day of the conference will be aimed at discussing the current state of the industry in the region, which the new trade association has been set up to represent. The speakers include Mohammed Gad from the emirate’s International Accreditation Centre, the authority that sets the safety standards for the industry.
Also among the panelists will be Majed Al Hokair, main board director at the Al Hokair group; his younger brother Mishal Al Hokair, deputy CEO and general manager; Fahad Al Othaim, CEO of the entertainments division at Al Othaim; Lennard Otto, CEO of IMG Worlds of Adventure; Chris Schwartz, CEO of Wild Wadi theme park; Damien Latham, CEO at MAF Leisure; Silvio Liedtke, CEO at Landmark Leisure; Markus Mack-Even, chief project officer at IMG Worlds of Adventure; and a speaker from…
March 14, 2017 by David Snook
The first annual conference to be held by the new MENALAC trade association in the Middle East will be held on the first two days of the major DEAL trade show in Dubai, on March 26-27.
MENALAC - the Middle East and North Africa Leisure and Attraction Council - brings together the leading companies within the region’s entertainment industry, including the theme parks and family entertainment centres companies. The organisation has now been accredited by the Dubai Association Centre and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The conference will be held in the Al Ain meeting halls A and B at the exhibition centre and the programme will cover all aspects of today’s attractions industry. Day one will cover safety, including safety standards, and day two will focus on a CEO "Conclave" with senior industry panelists taking part. They will present a roundtable discussion on major elements of today’s industry.
The main sponsor of the conference is the major Italian rides maker IE Park. InterGame is the Official Publication of the organisation.
Members of MENALAC and IAAPA will pay AED600 (US$163) for the two-day conference, including lunch and refreshments and non-members AED700. To register as a delegate…
January 26, 2017
The recently-formed Middle East and North African Leisure and Attractions Council has appointed InterGame as its official publication.
The new trade association, which was formed with all of the region’s major operators and suppliers in membership, has been officially recognised and registered by the authorities in the UAE as a non-profit trade association.
It is the first time that all of the major operators from the region, including the big names from both the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, have come together to pool their experience. The organisation is in the course of opening its headquarters in the Sheikh Rashid Tower, near the World Trade Centre in Dubai.
The WTC is the traditional home of the DEAL trade show, the leading event for the amusement industry in the region.
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April 7, 2016 by David Snook
The final official recognition of the new trade association for the Middle East amusement industry has come through and MENALAC now has the vital recognition that it needs.
The Middle East and North Africa Leisure and Attractions Council, as it has been named, already has within its ranks most of the biggest operating names in the region’s industry, including Al Hokair, Al Othaim, Landmark Leisure and MAF Leisure.
One of the leading lights in the formation of the new organisation is Prakash Vivekanand, managing director of Amusement Services International, the leading games distributor and FEC design specialist company.
MENALAC has been officially registered as a non-profit trade association by the Dubai Association Centre and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a process which is considered by the new organisation’s initial Executive Committee as essential.
In a statement, MENALAC said that it will “provide a platform to galvanise the leisure and amusement industry in the region and promote safety standards for amusement operations. In addition, it will concentrate on bringing forward industry forums, seminars and educational programmes aimed at further upgrading the quality of amusement operations across the region.”
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