Theme parks and fun centres are high on Mideast agenda

DUBAI - Exhibitors from 25 countries are taking part in the Theme Parks and Fun Centres (TPFC) exhibition that was opened on Tuesday at the Dubai World Trade Centre by Khalid bin Sulayem, Director General, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Government of Dubai.

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Published: Wed 28 Apr 2004, 10:01 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:01 AM

The event, organised by International Expo-Consults (IEC), is celebrating its 10th anniversary and will run until tomorrow.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr Bin Sulayem pointed out that the Middle East's demand for theme parks and fun centres equipment is on a high as the region builds mega projects and the pace is set to continue with more mega schemes on the drawing boards.

"As the region builds its tourism base, it needs to build visitor attractions. Theme parks and fun centres are also an essential requirement to bring in tourists to stay at hotels," he said, adding that the huge projects being announced throughout the region have increased demand and this is reflected in the fact that this show is 30 per cent bigger this year.

Last year, Dubai has attracted 500,000 tourists from Saudi Arabia.

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