Last year Dubai and the Middle East saw its first two theme parks in IMG Worlds of Adventure and Dubai Parks and Resorts, while destinations like Global Village, Ski Dubai and Dubai Dolphinarium continued evolving. These theme parks and other variants of amusement concepts aside, now Dubai is also home to the Dubai Opera.
The UAE capital has taken pride in Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, a highly attractive destination on Yas Island that continues to pull visitors, while many more concepts are scheduled to come – such as Warner Bros Abu Dhabi in 2018 followed by SeaWorld in 2022.
Qatar is home to the world’s first Angry Birds World concept, Saudi Arabia is firmly focusing on its 2030 vision that aims to create leisure and entertainment facilities comparable to London and New York. In Oman work is underway to develop some unique retail-cum-leisure destinations. Bahrain and Kuwait are not far behind. As a whole, the region is growing.
RetailME writes about this already vibrant leisure and entertainment industry
Content must be creative and original
Some of the recurring themes in the leisure and entertainment industry are: thinking out-of-the-box; being original; and being agile to adapt to changing market dynamics quickly, opines Gary Goddard, founder & CEO, The Goddard Group – a US-based themed entertainment integrator.
“The need of the hour is to create original concepts. The way for Dubai, or any other country/city in the Middle East, to succeed is not by recreating what Disney or Universal Studios have already done. The way forward is original thinking. The world’s first Bollywood Parks comes up as a surprise hit within the Dubai Parks and Resorts. That’s not surprising at all – its new, its different and its original,” he avers.
Indeed people are expecting different kinds of entertainment. The percentage of retail and leisure and entertainment is changing worldwide. Offering the same products time and again won’t work. There is more and more scope to introduce new kinds of entertainment within retail properties because people are looking for newer and exciting social spaces.
Read the full article in the June edition of RetailME
The first two days of the 25th edition of Beautyworld Middle EastOctober 6, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau
Words by Farimah Moeini, Snapchat Head of Industry – Retail and Travel TheJuly 5, 2021 | By RetailME Bureau
Union Coop, a consumer cooperative in the UAE, revealed that 78% of
Union Coop has opened its 23rd branch within the UAE in Jumeirah
Nando’s has revealed their revamped Sheikh Zayed Road outlet where newcomers and
UAE-based Al Maya Group announced that it will be boosting import of
UAE-based grocery retail chain, Grandiose has opened its first hypermarket in Abu
UAE-based Carrefour announced its theme and plans for Ramadan 2021. The brand
Locally owned supermarket Spinneys celebrates 60 years of doing business in the
UAE-based Carrefour will become the first retailer in the region to offer new levels
The Organic Farmers’ Market is back in Bay Avenue for its 12th
UAE-based Lulu Group recently inaugurated its first-ever all-female staff store in Jeddah,
Jones the Grocer, the gourmet grocer and cheese retailer launches the Jones
The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development in Saudi Arabia has
Semnox’s suite of products for FEC’s, Parks and F&B Segments will now
UAE’s Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, Entertainment, and Cinemas have been announced as
VOX Cinemas, the dedicated cinema arm of Majid Al Futtaim, is introducing CTRL, the region’s
Extravagant, conceptual, great food and views are some of the ways that
Abu Dhabi’s state investment company ADQ is in talks to invest about $500 million
Nine cinema exhibitors across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have joined forces
The once powerful department stores that anchored malls and streets around the
Who isn’t a sucker for discounts? Customers today are spoiled for choice
The various e-commerce and virtual retail stores that cater to different product
A private helicopter carrying the chairman and managing director of Lulu Group,