UAE THEME PARK VISITOR SPEND TO ROCKET BY 2020
Figure will increase six-fold to $637 million as country rolls out new attractions
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