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Indoor theme parks will play a key role in the continued growth of the theme park industry in the UAE, said International Expo Consults (IEC), organiser of the Dubai Entertainment and Leisure Show. A Euromonitor International report revealed that the theme park market in the country was valued at Dh1.6 billion last year and is expected to grow to more than Dh3 billion by 2019. The number of people visiting them in the UAE is forecast to grow to 11.4 million in 2019.
Dubai Parks and Resorts in Jebel Ali is currently the region's biggest development. It will have both indoor and outdoor components. IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubailand will be the world's largest indoor themed entertainment destination.
Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, Chairman of IEC, said Dubai is at the forefront of the in- door entertainment industry in the Middle East. Apart from theme parks, Falaknaz said smaller destinations inside Dubai's major malls are also attracting traffic.
"[The emirate] is home to some of the best malls in the world. These have fantastic entertainment zones embedded into their overall fabric. Kidzania and Sega Republic in The Dubai Mall, Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates and Fun City play zones in several others are all set to give tourists a variety of adventure this summer.
"Dubai will continue to lead this space. UAE residents and tourists are always in search of alternative ways to enjoy their summer indoors, especially [from] July to October ... Mall of the World, the latest in Dubai's leisure offerings, is expected to further boost visitor numbers when it opens. It will have resorts, cultural theatres and an indoor park.
"Today, indoor theme parks have a competitive advantage for mall owners as customers can be entertained regardless of the weather,” said Falaknaz. "Therefore, they are here to stay as you are more likely to go to a mall every week than an outdoor park. Such entertainment zones have proved successful in all kinds of climatic conditions – from cold climates such as in Canada to hot rainy areas such as Central America and the hot and arid Middle East."
Source: Property Weekly