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Attractions jobs & news Dubai theme park sector ‘worth US$5bn a year’

Dubai’s theme parks will generate US$5bn (€4.5bn, £3.1bn) annually by 2020, according to the organisers of the Dubai Entertainment, Amusement and Leisure (DEAL) show. With Dubai’s overarching aim to welcome 20 million tourists annually by 2020 when it will host the Dubai Expo, theme park developments are on the up in the country, with the AED10bn (US$2.7bn, €2.1bn, £1.7bn) Dubai Parks & Resorts complex the most notable of the upcoming additions. “The theme park industry is scaling the

growth trajectory in the UAE,” said Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, International Expo Consults (IEC) chair and organiser of DEAL, the largest platform for theme parks and the amusement industry in the Middle East. “Entertainment and leisure projects within the UAE and across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have boosted the confidence of the amusement and leisure industry manifold,” he continued, adding that the country is set to attract multi-billion dollar revenues by 2017 through this sector.

Once open, IMG Worlds of Adventure will be the largest indoor theme park in the world “The UAE is experiencing this exponential

growth because of its quality infrastructure and growing tourism and retail industry sectors. Another key factor is that Dubai

is also becoming the MICE capital of the world, bringing in footfall as families merge business with leisure activities.” More:

Bloomberg Philanthropies facilitates public art with US$1m grants to US cities

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ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus to deliver keynote at EAS

Björn Ulvaeus – songwriter, producer, and former member of the Swedish musical group ABBA – is set to speak at the 2015 edition of the Euro Attractions Show, delivering the Leadership Breakfast keynote at the event in October. Ulvaeus – who also co-composed the musical Mamma Mia! and co-produced the 2008 film version – will discuss narative and its relation- ship to entertainment and will reflect on the role of storytelling and how that is related to the attractions industry. More:

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Bloomberg Philanthropies – the charitable arm of Michael Bloomberg’s business empire – has named four US cities which will receive up to US$1m (€899,000, £636,000) each to fund a series of public art projects across the US. Among the winners were

the city of Gary in Indiana, where ‘Art House: A Social Kitchen’ will offer local people culinary training and cultural programming. Los Angeles is also included in the list, marking its first ever Biennial with ‘Current: LA River’, an experience which will include 15 multimedia works empha- sising water conservation during one of California’s worst droughts in history.

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The grant was for cities with populations of more than 30,000 In South Carolina,

Spartanburg will collabo- rate with artist Erwin Redl to create a temporary LED installation designed to create safer spaces and address crime in the city and finally,

a project between New York state’s Albany, Sche- nectady and Troy will use light installations in vacant homes to highlight the need for community revitalisation. More:

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