Fig­ure will in­crease six-fold to $637 mil­lion as coun­try rolls out new at­trac­tions

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Spend­ing by vis­i­tors to the UAE’s theme parks is set to grow six-fold from $105 mil­lion in 2016 to $637 mil­lion by 2020 as the coun­try opens sev­eral new at­trac­tions and maps out am­bi­tious tourism tar­gets, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port.

The In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Amuse­ment Parks and At­trac­tions said the UAE is the dom­i­nant theme park mar­ket in the Mid­dle East and North Africa, the world’s fastest grow­ing re­gion for theme park vis­i­tor spend­ing.

At the same time, the UAE’s theme park vis­i­tors could pro­vide nearly two-thirds of the coun­tries pro­jected to­tal tourism ar­rivals by 2021, mar­ket re­search firm PwC has pre­dicted.

The fig­ures were re­leased ahead of the Dubai En­ter­tain­ment, Amuse­ment, and Leisure Show (DEAL), which takes place this month (March 27-29) at the Dubai World Trade Cen­tre.

The UAE is po­si­tion­ing it­self as a ma­jor theme park hub, led by Dubai and Abu Dhabi. In Dubai, IMG Worlds of Adventure and Dubai Parks & Re­sorts opened last year, with many more at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing IMG Worlds of Le­gends and Six Flags Dubai, planned.

On Abu Dhabi’s Yas Is­land, al­ready home to mul­ti­ple at­trac­tions in­clud­ing Fer­rari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Water­world, a Warner Bros theme park and Sea­World Abu Dhabi are both planned. Click here for full story

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