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About TPLA Experience Tech UAE

The global theme park industry has continued its post-recession attendance growth at a healthy rate of 4 percent for the top parks globally. Even recognizing the significant differences between regions, the signs are positive for continued sector growth. The UAE has identified tourism as a long term revenue source in a post-oil based economy. Investment has been made in new theme park, leisure and attractions to draw domestic and international visitors to the country. The UAE’s theme park revenue is expected to increase by 78 per cent to USD 837 million in 2019 from USD 470 million this year.

Theme parks in the UAE are preparing to accommodate an increase in tourist numbers ahead of Expo 2020 to drive revenue growth at their destinations. Abu Dhabi and Dubai are set for even more theme parks to welcome 18 million visitors by 2021, meaning a growth of 70 per cent. Based on an estimated UAE resident and international visitor catchment market of 22.5 million people in 2015 after excluding domestic tourists, the potential demand for theme parks would bring more than 5.6 million visits from the existing market.

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  • The country’s theme park revenue is expected to increase by 78 per cent to US$837 million in 2019 from US$470m this year
  • Based on an estimated UAE resident and international visitor catchment market of 22.5 million people in 2015 after excluding domestic tourists, the potential demand for theme parks would equate to more than 5.6 million visits from the existing market
  • With the Expo 2020 and the multiplication of projects in Dubai and Abu Dhabi by 2020 Theme parks in the UAE have the potential for more than 18 million visits by 2021, according to experts, that means more than Hong Kong (15 million). Meaning that the UAE has the potential to become a serious rival to the theme park world leader Orlando by 2021
  • Investment in TPLA supports Dubai’s Tourism Vision for 2020, which under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum sets the guidelines for Dubai to double its annual visitor numbers from 10 million in 2012 to 20 million in 2020, and increase the economic contribution of the tourism sector
  • Dubai Parks and Resorts (Bollywood, Legoland, Lego Water Park & Motiongate) expects to attract 5.5 million guests in 2017


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Advisory Board

  • Paul Kent

    Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) EME Board

  • Matthew Simms

    Operation Manager
    IMG World of Adventure

  • Emmanuel Cholley-Duche

    Director - Revenue Management
    Atlantis the Palm

  • Chris Siegle

    PMP / CGC Senior Attractions Project Manager
    IMG Worlds of Adventure


  • Eng. Mohamed Aldhanhani

    Safety Engineer, Public Health and Safety Department
    Dubai Municipality

  • Abdalhay Mohamed Elamin

    Senior Public Safety Officer Rides and Amusement Parks Inspection Team Lead
    Dubai Municipality

  • Paul Kent

    Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) EME board

  • Margreet Papamicheal

    Director of Economics

  • Eduardo Cano

    Digital and e-Commerce Director for Europe
    Parques Reunidos Europa

  • Lucio Conti

    Director of Ticketing and Front of House Operations
    Atlantis The Palm

  • Nathanael Savic

    Team Leader, Operation Management
    Wild Wadi Water Park

  • Nilesh Mistry

    General Manager
    Wadi Adventure

  • Ghassan Kesti

    Park Manager
    Dreamland Aqua Park

  • Amir Habib

    Sales Manager
    Dreamland Aqua Park

  • Rohma Sadaqat

    Business Reporter and Sub Editor
    Khaleej Times

  • Muna Obaid Al Dhaheri

    Chief Operating Officer
    Zoo & Aquarium Public Institution in Al Ain

  • Steve Foran

    Rides & Attractions Manager
    Thorpe Park Resort

  • Philipp Heindl

    General Manager
    SKIDATA Middle East L.L.C

  • Peter Pauwels

    Director of Strategic Marketing V&H

  • David Willrich

    Themed Entertainment Association (TEA)

2017 Sponsors & Partners

The ACM Interface+ Format

The ACM Interface+ conference format is designed to optimise the valuable and finite time our busy delegations can dedicate to being out of the office while also enhancing their enjoyment of the ACM on-site experience. Specifically tailored to our region of operations here in the Middle East, the Interface+ format maximises networking opportunities, facilitating the building of profitable relationships within the context of a dynamic, efficient and relevant learning environment.

ACM conference days, using the Interface+ format, have an earlier start than conventional agendas and conclude with a late lunch. The conference sessions are regularly punctuated by refreshment and networking breaks to allow for unhurried face-to-face interaction between peers, colleagues and business prospects. The mid-afternoon conclusion of our formal conference agenda allows for government representatives and busy executives to adjourn earlier in the day, having still enjoyed a full and rich programme of content. Post-lunch, ACM will offer additional, optional learning and networking opportunities in the shape of workshops, product demonstrations, technology launches, site visits, pre-arranged 1-2-1 business meetings and hosted receptions.

Interface+ makes timing sense for our delegates and business sense for our sponsors.