Dubai's theme parks to attract $5b in revenues

Theme parks in Dubai are set to generate close to $5 billion by 2020 as the country aims to welcome close to 25 million tourists during that phase.

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Published: Sat 4 Jul 2015, 10:27 PM

Last updated: Wed 2 Aug 2023, 7:03 AM

The theme park industry is scaling the growth trajectory in the UAE, with the country set to attract multibillion dollar revenues by 2017 through this sector, noted Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, chairman, IEC and organiser of the Deal Show.

Theme parks in Dubai are set to generate close to $5 billion by 2020 as the country aims to welcome close to 25 million tourists during that phase. The Dubai Entertainment, Amusement and Leisure (Deal) show is the largest platform for the theme parks and amusement industry in the Middle East and Africa region.


“Entertainment and leisure projects within the UAE and across GCC have boosted the confidence of the amusement and leisure industry manifold. UAE is experiencing this exponential growth because of its quality infrastructure and growing tourism and retail industry sectors. Another key factor is that Dubai is also becoming the Mice capital of the world due to the yearlong calendar of trade events. This also brings in considerable amount of footfall as families merge business with leisure activities and that further propels the theme park industry,” said Falaknaz.

Millions of tourists are set to flock theme parks in Dubai that are slated to open by the end of 2016. “The leisure and attractions industry in this region is in a very good stage compared to other global markets".


Several projects in this region are at different stages of development which should take shape in the next two years. As pioneers of this industry within GCC, we have a unique product which has worked successfully for nearly two decades — our biggest USP is that we have an original concept which appeals to the locals and GCC visitors, expat residents and international tourists,” said Ahmad Hussain bin Essa, COO of Global Village.



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