The future of the attractions industry is unfolding in the Middle East. Come see it for yourself during IAAPA Leadership Conference 2019.

There’s no other opportunity quite like IAAPA Leadership Conference; where you can cultivate long-lasting connections with industry veterans, have quality, one-on-one time with decision makers, and have exclusive park access. The presentations and events at IAAPA Leadership Conference 2019 will provide fresh perspectives and unique ideas you can use to enhance the guest experience and drive your business.

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Marjan Faraidooni, Senior Vice President, Legacy Development & Impact, Expo 2020 Dubai.

Learn more about her role in overseeing the delivery of Expo 2020’s positive, sustainable, and enduring legacy and impact, beyond 2021. 

A full bio can be found here
Phil Taylor, Managing Director of Team Leisure, a specialist leisure-consulting firm based in the United Arab Emirates.

Phil will give an overview of the industry in the Middle East region with a special focus on the projects for the upcoming years.

A full bio can be found here
HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi

HE Saif Saeed will present Abu Dhabi's tourism and cultural visions, and how the department is focused on creating the infrastructure to stimulate growth by building an attractive, distinct tourism destination and nurture a cultured community that preserves our authentic heritage and values. A full bio can be found here.
Markus Mack-Even is Chief Project Officer City of Arabia and the General Manager of IMG Theme Park LLC, the owner and operator of IMG Worlds of Adventure. A full bio can be found here.

Clive Stephens currently sits as Deputy Chief Operations Officer of Expo 2020.

Prior to joining Expo 2020, Clive has had extensive experience in major event, leisure and hospitality industry.

Clive has over 30 plus years across the industry both in the UK and overseas, having worked in Europe, Mauritius, Africa and Middle East, holding a number of executive positions at London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, The Tussaud’s Group, The Oval/Surrey County Cricket Club, Mercedes-Benz,  The View from The Shard, Alton Towers and more, that have required high-level interface with stakeholders, both operationally and commercially.

Dr Robert Platt is Vice President, Site Design Integration at Expo 2020 Dubai. He is primarily responsible for facilitating and integrating the many components of the site’s public realm areas, promoting design consistency that enhances the visitor experience. Dr Robert works with the Expo 2020 team to ensure that the physical site promotes innovation, education and excitement, while supporting Expo’s theme, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ and its subthemes, OpportunityMobility and Sustainability. A full bio can be found here.
Mona Al Ali
Mona Al Ali is the Content Manager of the Sustainability Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Her role is to assist in project managing the development and delivery of content and exhibits for the Sustainability Pavilion, and engage with relevant subject matter experts to inform the content development within the Pavilion. A full bio can be found here.
Ali Alsuwaidi - Chief Operating Officer - Global Village
Ali Al Suwaidi joined the Global Village team, the world-leading multicultural, festival park and the region's first family destination for culture, shopping and entertainment, in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer. A full bio can be found here.
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​Mark Gsellman​ is Vice President, Theme Parks, Warner Bros., World Abu Dhabi.
Bader Anwahi, Chief Executive Officer, Global Village, has several achievements to his credit during his tenure at Global Village, which he joined in 2017 with a mandate to drive the development and to enhance its offering. A full bio can be found here.
Ahmad Hussain, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, joined DXB Entertainments in August 2017. Ahmad is an experienced professional within the regional theme park industry with extensive experience in operations and business development. A full bio can be found here.

 2019 facilities include: 


IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure is a large, temperature-controlled, indoor themed entertainment destination, covering an area of more than 1.5 million square feet. Two of its four adventure zones represent global brands Cartoon Network and Marvel, while IMG Boulevard and the Lost Valley–Dinosaur Adventure are original zone concepts created by the IMG Group. IMG Worlds of Adventure features roller coasters, thrill rides, attractions, themed retail stores, dining venues, and a 12-screen cinema.


Global Village Dubai

Global Village Dubai is a multicultural festival park that takes guests on an adventure around the world through entertainment, rides, international dining, and authentic merchandise from 27 pavilions representing a variety of countries and cultures. Live entertainment offerings include a stunt show, cultural music performances, a fiery fountain show, circus performers, and live concerts throughout the season. Carnaval is a fun fair park inside Global Village that features 31 rides, 25 skill games, and more than 100 arcade games.



Louvre Abu Dhabi

Opened in November 2017, Louvre Abu Dhabi is a universal art museum created through a unique agreement between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France in 2007. As part of the agreement, Louvre Abu Dhabi has access to expertise and training from 17 French partner institutions and loans from 13 leading French museums for 10 years. The museum features galleries, special exhibition spaces,a children’s museum, auditorium, restaurants, retail, and a research center, all tied together through a network of corridors, surrounded by water with stunning architecture. Louvre Abu Dhabi has acquired more than 600 artworks, exhibited alongside 300 works on loan.



Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi

Recently opened in July 2018, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is the world’s first indoor Warner Bros. branded theme park. Miral, in partnership with Warner Bros. Entertainment, developed the park on Yas Island with an investment of $1 billion. When guests step inside the 1.65-million-squarefoot park, they are immersed in six themed lands filled with some of the brand’s most iconic comic book and cartoon characters, like Wonder Woman, The Joker, Scooby- Doo, and The Flintstones. The park features 29 rides, interactive family-friendly attractions, and live shows, as well as themed restaurants and stores.



Dubai Parks and Resorts

Opened in 2016, Dubai Parks and Resorts is a multithemed leisure and entertainment destination made up of three theme parks: Motiongate Dubai, a Hollywood movie-inspired theme park; Legoland Dubai, the first Legoland theme park in the Middle East; and Bollywood Parks Dubai, which offers a Bollywood movie experience. Also included at the 30.6-million-square-foot destination is Legoland Water Park, retail and dining area Riverland Dubai, and the Polynesian-themed Lapita Hotel.



Laguna Water Park - La Mer

Nestled in Dubai’s La Mer beachfront destination, Laguna Waterpark is divided into four zones—Relax, Slide, Splash, and Surf—each with its own attractions and offerings. Laguna features five water slides, a pool lounge, a lazy river, children’s zone with a splash pad, food kiosks, and a store. One of the water park’s unique attractions is the “WaveOz 180 FloRider,” offering a surf experience for beginners and pros alike. At 187 feet wall-to-wall, the “WaveOz 180 FloRider” accommodates three or four surfers or bodyboarders simultaneously.

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La Perle

Set in a one-of-a-kind 1,300-seat theater in the heart of Al Habtoor City, La Perle is the region’s first resident show, featuring a cast of 65 international artists with unique skills, ranging from acrobats to aquatic and aerial stunts. The aqua theatre holds 2.7 million liters of water and can transform its stage from a wet to dry setting. Performers dive into an on-stage pool in the center of the auditorium and also fly through the air. The visual experience is enhanced by projection screens that stretch across the walls, seats, floors, and building’s dome.



Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai is a six-month-long universal exposition from Oct. 20, 2020, to April 10, 2021, that will celebrate human ingenuity through the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.” It will be the first World Expo—which is overseen and regulated by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE)—to take place in the Middle East and looks to bring together more than 180 countries and millions of people. Attendees will visit the Expo site, that when complete, will cover a total of 438 hectares in the Dubai South district near the Al Maktoum International Airport.



Ferrari World Abu Dhabi


Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is a mostly indoors amusement park on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. It is the first Ferrari-branded theme park and has the record for the largest space frame structure ever built. Formula Rossa, the world's fastest roller coaster, is also located here.

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For any questions regarding sponsorship opportunities at future IAAPA events, please contact Emily Popovich, Director of Global Sponsorships: EPopovich@IAAPA.org.