Saudi Mall owners could introduce the latest concepts in family entertainment centres
Dubai based DEAL show set to unveil the latest gaming concepts that are specifically catering to Saudi audience
By: International Expo-Consults
Al Hokair Entertainment, one of the leading family entertainment organisations in the region has already firmed up plans to embark on to the VR gaming concepts both in Saudi Arabia and UAE.
According to General Authority for Statistics (GaStat), Saudi Arabia's population registered an annual growth rate of 2.52%, which is more than double that of the global annual population growth rate. In contrast to the rest of the world, the Kingdom's booming population is getting younger. With nearly 60 per cent of the population under the age of 30, experts believe that the driving force for entertainment and leisure industry especially in the MENA region, would be experiences provided by virtual reality technology. Several DEAL 2019 exhibitors from across the globe would be showcasing a plethora of concepts that the FECs and Amusement operators to choose from.
"Technology is at the heart of WOG," said Nabil Kassim, founder and CEO of Warehouse of Games one of the exhibitors at DEAL 2019. "All of the major FEC's and theme parks around the world are using technology this year to give visitors that immersive feel of simulated reality and WOG has certainly kept the bar up by facilitating these FEC's. A number of theme parks are using Artificial Intelligence in conjunction with virtual reality and augmented reality to create more immersive rides, and WOG is always keeping up to date and the technology and striving to provide its customers with a great selection of VR from top global manufacturers. It really is a great time to witness the industry flourish with these technological innovations."
The entertainment concepts are evolving and have taken a completely new avatar with the growing popularity of virtual reality gaming concepts. Furthermore, drones and robots have also entered the fray and currently are in very high demand across FECs and indoor themeparks. Several such innovative technologies and concepts will be showcased at the upcoming DEAL 2019 show in Dubai. The growing Saudi entertainment industry will stand to benefit from the new technology and concepts being showcased in the show.
"Today, there is a massive behavioral change in millennials. They are changing their spending patterns, from markets to malls, where they can eat, socialize and get entertained at Family Entertainment Centers (FEC)s apart from shopping. Saudi Arabia is a key market for the consumption of latest gaming concepts, especially among the millennials. With this change in behaviour they also need engaging and immersive experience to support their entertainment appetite. This has given rise to new gaming concepts such as VR and now they are further engaged by Robots who can serve them food and beverages," stated Sharif Rahman, CEO of International Expo Consults (IEC), organisers of DEAL 2019.
IEC CEO further stated that, "This is a great business opportunity for mall owners, real estate developers and other stakeholders from Saudi Arabia who are planning to launch or grow their unique projects embedded with a gaming and entertainment zones. DEAL 2019 will provide the right platform to create a win-win-win situation for the exhibitors, visitors and the end consumers who will experience these amazing concepts."
Opening its doors for the 25th time, DEAL 2019 will represent the largest gathering of entertainment and leisure industry's key players and visitors from the Middle East, Africa, US, Mediterranean and Asian countries. DEAL has shaped the region's entertainment industry for the last two and a half decades and it has brought together opinion leaders and high-tech innovations all on one platform. DEAL 2019 is scheduled to be held between the 25-27th March 2019 at Halls 1,2,3 and 4 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE.
About International Expo-Consults (IEC):
International Expo-Consults LLC (IEC) is an internationally recognized trade show management company with an impressive track record of over 25 years of operations in the Middle East and Asia Pacific region. The Exhibition arm of the Dubai-based conglomerate, the Falak Holding; IEC is the organiser of key exhibitions including Sign and Graphics Imaging (SGI), and the Dubai Entertainment, Amusement and Leisure show (DEAL). Falak Holding has been an industry pioneer for the last 35 years having diversified business interests including real estate development;