THE MENALAC AWARDS 2023

THE MENALAC AWARDS 2023

Location: The Address Sky View Hotel, Dubai
Event Date: March 15, 2023

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THE MENALAC AWARDS 2023 GALA NIGHT – Our Very Own Oscars

Welcome to the MENA Leisure Industry’s Biggest Night – THE MENALAC AWARDS GALA

This year the MENALAC AWARDS 2023, in its 5th edition, will be held at a glittering Oscar-style ceremony on March 15, 2023, at Address Skyview Hotel in Dubai. It will shine the light on the top attractions, suppliers, and service providers across 29 award categories, from Best Facilities & Attractions to Best Products to Best Campaigns to Best Designs to Best Technology to Best Personalities.

Top stakeholders and who’s who of the MENA Leisure & Attractions industry will gather under one roof in a spirit of unison to celebrate the regional industry to recognize and honor the winners. This celebration is a high-profile glitzy evening affair, where the crème de la crème and the who’s who of the Leisure & Entertainment Industry is in attendance. These include top decision-makers, founders, owners, CEO-level executives of the region’s leading operations, and global suppliers who are expected to be part of this glamorous event where spirits run high.

The Gala fun evening for the fun industry includes:

  • 7 pm – 8 pm: A welcome cocktail where attendees can network in an exciting and celebratory setting
  • 8 pm – 11 pm: A dinner with the awards ceremony and stunning show performances

The event will be held at the very prestigious Address Skyview Hotel in Downtown Dubai, close to the Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world

Your participation and attendance are vital for the enhancement of our wonderful MENA Leisure Industry. We hope to see you there!

MENALAC AWARDS 2023

THE ONLY CREDIBLE LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS CEREMONY FOR THE INDUSTRY BY THE INDUSTRY

Following on the tremendous success and reception across the industry of the first three editions, the 5th edition of the Annual MENALAC Awards Gala, the only industry awards that recognise excellence and achievements, setting benchmarking standards for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) leisure and attractions industry, will be held on March 15, 2023, during Dubai Entertainment and Amusement and Leisure (DEAL) Show, in Dubai, UAE. It will celebrate the industry and reward excellence, outstanding performance and achievements in various facets of the leisure and entertainment industry.

The 2023 edition of the awards will feature 29 award categories, up from 27 offered last year, reflecting an expansion of the industry awards.

Award Category Best Integrated Leisure Destination has been newly created to recognize a Resort, Mall, Shopping Centre, or Community within the MENA region that provides the best mix of dining, retail and entertainment experience. Award Category Best New Product for FEC is now split into 2 distinct award categories – Best New Product For Arcade, VR, Redemption & Novelty, and Best New Product (Ride & Attraction for FECs), with the aim of recognizing the distinct products that cater to the FEC segment.
Following the submission of the nomination, each nominee will undergo a strict and rigorous vetting and judging process to determine the award win in each category. Nomination submission will close on January 31st, 2023 – giving the participants over 2 months to prepare and submit the nominations.
The objective of the annual MENALAC Leisure Industry Awards is to raise the standard of the leisure attractions industry in the Middle East and set new benchmarks for the industry locally and globally.

The 2023 entries for awards will open on November 15, 2022. If your brand, company, park, waterpark, FEC, visitor attraction, edutainment centre, unique visitor attraction, sport and adventure based centre, cinema, excelled and/or surpassed current standards and reached outstanding performance during the past year (2022), please enter the awards by nominating to one or as many as you want of the 29 categories.

The Awards & Gala is presented by MENALAC, the only Regional Trade Association serving the MENA region leisure and entertainment industry.

ACCESS THE FULL BROCHURE & SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION ENTRIES

The MENALAC AWARDS 2023 Brochure contains all the relevant information about the awards – awards timelines, categories, submission requiremhttps://www.menalac.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Awards-Gala-2023-Brochure-04JAN22-1.pdfents, eligibility requirements, jury names, past winners list and general guidelines for the awards. Page 9 summarizes all award categories on one page. The Brochure in turn will lead you to the MENALAC AWARDS 2023 Online Portal. Under every awards category in the brochure will be a NOMINATE NOW button and on clicking this button you will be directed to the online awards portal. You can create your login and password and start applying for the many award categories.

EVENT TIMELINES

01 DEC 2022 Award Nominations to open online
12 FEB 2023 Final day for submission of award nominations
13 FEB 2023 Entries opened to Jury for judging
26 Feb 2023 Judging Round Closes
27 FEB 2023 All jury markings submitted to an external Auditor for scoring
03 MAR 2023 External Auditor to announce finalists
15 MAR 2023 Winners to be announced

AWARDS CATEGORIES

29 AWARD CATEGORIES AWARD TYPE OPEN TO:
1. BEST THEME PARK OPERATOR THEME PARK OPERATORS
2. BEST WATERPARK OPERATOR WATERPARK OPERATORS
3. BEST FEC OPERATOR FEC OPERATORS
4. MOST UNIQUE VISITOR ATTRACTION OPERATOR VISITOR ATTRACTION OPERATORS
5. BEST EDUTAINMENT / PLAYSCAPE OPERATOR EDUTAINMENT/PLAYSCAPE OPERATORS
6. BEST SPORT / ADVENTURE-BASED ENTERTAINMENT OPERATOR SPORT / ADVENTURE-BASED ENTERTAINMENT OPERATORS
7. BEST NEW LEISURE/ ENTERTAINMENT CONCEPT OPERATOR NEW LEISURE/ENTERTAINMENT CONCEPT OPERATORS
8. BEST CINEMA EXPERIENCE OPERATOR CINEMA OPERATORS
9. BEST DAY OUT OPERATOR ATTRACTION, SEASONAL EVENT, LEISURE ACTIVITY OPERATORS
10. BEST INTEGRATED LEISURE DESTINATION OPERATOR LARGE RESORT DEVELOPMENTS, MALLS & RETAIL DEVELOPMENTS, URBAN RESORTS, MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENTS & INTEGRATED COMMUNITIES
11. MOST UNIQUE MARKETING CAMPAIGN OPERATOR & M/S OPERATOR & MANUFACTURERS/SUPPLIERS
12. BEST CSR PROGRAM OPERATOR & M/S OPERATOR & MANUFACTURERS/SUPPLIERS
13. BEST CUSTOMER LOYALTY PROGRAM OPERATOR OPERATORS
14. BEST EMPLOYEES ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE OPERATOR OPERATORS
15. MOST INNOVATIVE APPLICATION OF TECHNOLOGY OPERATOR & M/S OPERATOR, MANUFACTURERS/SUPPLIERS AND TECHNOLOGY PROVIDER
16. BEST DESIGN FOR A LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT FACILITY OPERATOR & M/S DESIGN CONSULTANTS, INTERNATIONAL DESIGN & ARCHITECTURAL FIRMS, DEVELOPERS OR OPERATORS WHO WISH TO BE RECOGNISED FOR THE DESIGN OF THEIR FACILITY
17. BEST NEW PRODUCT/ATTRACTION/INSTALLATION FOR AMUSEMENT PARKS & VISITOR ATTRACTIONS M/S MANUFACTURERS/SUPPLIERS & THEMEING CONTRACTORS
18. BEST NEW PRODUCT/ATTRACTION/INSTALLATION FOR WATER PARKS & WATER RESORTS M/S WATERPARK RIDE & ATTRACTION MANUFACTURERS/SUPPLIERS
19. BEST NEW PRODUCT – ARCADE, VR, REDEMPTION & NOVELTY M/S ARCADE, VR, REDEMPTION & NOVELTY MANUFACTURERS/SUPPLIERS
20. BEST NEW PRODUCT (RIDE & ATTRACTION) FOR FECS M/S FEC RIDE & ATTRACTION MANUFACTURERS/SUPPLIERS
21. MOST NEW UNIQUE CONCEPT ATTRACTION M/S MANUFACTURERS/SUPPLIERS
22. SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR M/S MANUFACTURERS/SUPPLIERS/DISTRIBUTORS
23. BEST INNOVATION IN HEALTH & SAFETY OPERATOR OPERATORS
24. BEST INDIVIDUAL SAFETY ACHIEVEMENT OPERATOR OPERATORS
25. BEST IMPACTFUL SUSTAINABILITY CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR OPERATOR & M/S OPERATOR & MANUFACTURERS/SUPPLIERS
26. BEST ESTABLISHMENT MANAGER; BELOW 250000 VISITOR/TRANSACTION OPERATOR OPERATORS
27. BEST ESTABLISHMENT MANAGER; ABOVE 250000 VISITOR/TRANSACTION OPERATOR OPERATORS
28. LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR OPERATOR & M/S OPERATOR & MANUFACTURERS/SUPPLIERS
29. MENALAC HALL OF FAME

AWARDS WINNERS LIST

AWARD CATEGORIES AWARD TYPE AWARD WINNER
1. BEST THEME PARK OPERATOR FERRARI WORLD, ABU DHABI
2. BEST WATERPARK OPERATOR ATLANTIS AQUAVENTURE
3. BEST FEC OPERATOR MAGIC PLANET, AL ZAHIA
4. MOST UNIQUE VISITOR ATTRACTION OPERATOR SKYVIEW OBSERVATORY
5. BEST EDUTAINMENT / PLAYSCAPE OPERATOR KIDZANIA, DUBAI
6. BEST SPORT / ADVENTURE-BASED ENTERTAINMENT OPERATOR SKI DUBAI
7. BEST NEW LEISURE/ ENTERTAINMENT CONCEPT OPERATOR AYA
8. BEST CINEMA EXPERIENCE OPERATOR REEL CINEMAS
9. BEST DAY OUT OPERATOR WARNER BROS. WORLD ABU DHABI
10. BEST INTEGRATED LEISURE DESTINATION OPERATOR YAS ISLAND, ABU DHABI
11. MOST UNIQUE MARKETING CAMPAIGN OPERATOR & M/S AYA HAS LANDED IN DUBAI – THE METEOR SHOWER CAMPAIGN – HYPERSPACE
12. BEST CSR PROGRAM OPERATOR & M/S ONE GOOD HEART – FUN CITY PAKISTAN
13. BEST CUSTOMER LOYALTY PROGRAM OPERATOR AMC DAERA LOYALTY PROGRAM – AMC CINEMAS
14. BEST EMPLOYEES ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE OPERATOR EXTRAORDINARY COLLEAGUE ENGAGEMENT – ATLANTIS AQUAVENTURE
15. MOST INNOVATIVE APPLICATION OF TECHNOLOGY OPERATOR & M/S MOBILE WALLET BY MAGIC PLANET- MAF LEISURE, ENTERTAINMENT & CINEMAS
16. BEST DESIGN FOR A LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT FACILITY OPERATOR & M/S SNOW OMAN
17. BEST NEW PRODUCT/ATTRACTION/INSTALLATION FOR AMUSEMENT PARKS & VISITOR ATTRACTIONS M/S BIG WAVEZ – by ZAMPERLA FOR CITY WALK, JEDDAH
18. BEST NEW PRODUCT/ATTRACTION/INSTALLATION FOR WATER PARKS & WATER RESORTS M/S WIBIT PEAKZ – by WIBIT
19. BEST NEW PRODUCT – ARCADE, VR, REDEMPTION & NOVELTY M/S BLITZ – by HOLOGATE for XREALITY PAVILION, KSA
20. BEST NEW PRODUCT (RIDE & ATTRACTION) FOR FECS M/S NEBULAZ – by ZAMPERLA for YABEELA BAHRAIN
21. MOST NEW UNIQUE CONCEPT ATTRACTION M/S ICON TOWER VERTICAL WATER PARK – WHITEWATER
22. SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR M/S AMUSEMENT SERVICES INTERNATIONAL LLC
23. BEST INNOVATION IN HEALTH & SAFETY OPERATOR MAJID AL FUTTAIM ENTERTAINMENT – HEALTH & SAFETY
24. BEST INDIVIDUAL SAFETY ACHIEVEMENT OPERATOR AJITH AJAYAN – EMAAR ENTERTAINMENT
25. BEST IMPACTFUL SUSTAINABILITY CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR OPERATOR & M/S DARE TODAY, CHANGE TOMORROW – MAF LEISURE, ENTERTAINMENT & CINEMAS
26. BEST ESTABLISHMENT MANAGER; BELOW 250000 VISITOR/TRANSACTION OPERATOR HAKAM AL AHMAD – AL HOKAIR GROUP
27. BEST ESTABLISHMENT MANAGER; ABOVE 250000 VISITOR/TRANSACTION OPERATOR MOKHTAR MUSLEH – DUBAI AQUARIUM & UNDERWATER ZOO
28. LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR OPERATOR & M/S ZEINA DAGHER – EMAAR ENTERTAINMENT
29. MENALAC HALL OF FAME ALBERTO ZAMPERLA

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Jury

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Non-Operator Jury Judging Categories 1-10, 13, 14
  • Cameron Mitchell
    Founder
    Consult ME
  • Amin Rashmani
    Managing Director - MENA
    TAIT Group
  • Milton Dsouza
    VP - Parks
    SELA
  • Alex Schrott
    Head of Amusement Rides
    TUV SUD
  • Kevin Howe
    Contracts Administration Director
    Jacobs
  • Philip Baker
    VP Business Development MENA
    ProSlide
  • Joe Bright
    CEO
    Scruffy Dog Creative Group
  • Andrew Such
    Interim Chief Executive Officer
    AMC Cinemas KSA (SEVEN)
Operator Jury Judging Categories 11, 12, 15-22
  • Silvio Liedtke
    CEO
    Landmark Leisure
  • Sheikha Monira Al Sabah
    CEO
    Play Enterprises & Co-Founder Trampo Extreme
  • Zeina Dagher
    CEO
    Emaar Entertainment
  • Mark D. Haak Wegmann
    Managing Director
    Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, Entertainment & Cinemas
  • Alwalid Al Baltan
    CEO
    Rafeeh Entertainment Group
  • Mishal Al Hokair
    Deputy CEO
    Al Hokair Group
  • Chris Van Der Merwe
    General Manager
    Rixos Qetaifan
  • Mohammed Khalifa
    Manager
    Seef Entertainment
Judging Categories 23-25
  • Peter Stubbs
    Director HSE
    Majid Al Futtaim Leisure Entertainment & Cinemas
  • Grahame Campbell
    Group HSE Director
    Jumeirah Beach & Wild Wadi
  • Alex Schrott
    Head of Amusement Rides
    TUV SUD
  • Tatiana Antonelli Abela
    Founder & Managing Director
    Goumbook
  • Mauritz Janake
    HSE Director
    Farah Experiences
  • Ralph Pesgens
    Global Head of CC Amusement Parks & Leisure Industry
    TUV NORD
  • Steven Putzeys
    Business Manager - Leisure & Entertainment
    Al Shaya Group
  • Marius De Venter
    Director, Health & Safety
    Atlantis Dubai
  • Louie Logramonte
    Centre Manager
    Orange Wheels
  • Rahul Rahalkar
    Technical Manager
    Al Othaim Leisure
  • Mohamed Ashraf
    HSE Manager
    Doha Quest
  • Shady Mohamed
    Assistant Operation Manager
    Adventureland
  • Caragh Curran
    Managing Director
    Sustainable Tourism Consultants
Judging Categories 26-29
  • Mishal Al Hokair
    Deputy CEO
    Al Hokair Group
  • Silvio Liedtke
    CEO
    Landmark Leisure
  • Janardana Dattakumar
    Director of Operations
    Antic's Land
  • Sheikha Monira Al Sabah
    CEO
    Play Enterprises & Co-Founder Trampo Extreme
  • Kareem Fayed
    General Manager Entertainment - GCC
    Al Othaim Leisure & Tourism Co.
  • Mark D. Haak Wegmann
    Managing Director
    Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, Entertainment & Cinemas
  • Shifa Yusuffali
    CEO
    Ideacrate Edutainment
  • Prakash Vivekanand
    Founder & Managing Director
    The Zone Amusement Arcade
  • Chris Swartz
    General Manager
    Wild Wadi
  • Zeina Dagher
    CEO
    Emaar Entertainment
  • Ghassan Assi
    COO
    Trampo Extreme
  • Shazad Ali Abdullah
    CEO
    Cheeky Monkeys Playland
  • James Charlesworth
    Director of Operations
    SEVEN Attractions
  • Rajiv Sangari
    Vice President, International Business & Special Projects
    IMG Worlds of Adventure
  • Mike Rigby
    Executive VP Middle East & India
    Whitewater
  • Alex Schrott
    Head of Amusement Rides
    TUV SUD
  • Alwalid Al Baltan
    CEO
    Rafeeh Entertainment Group

Last Year Winners

MOTIONGATE DUBAI wins BEST THEME PARK
ATLANTIS AQUAVENTURE wins BEST WATERPARK
TEKZONE JEDDAH AL SHAYA wins BEST FEC
QASR AL WATAN wins BEST UNIQUE VISITOR ATTRACTION
LITTLE EXPLORERS wins BEST EDUTAINMENT PLAYSCAPE
CLYMB Abu Dhabi wins BEST SPORT ADVENTURE-BASED ENTERTAINMENT
DOHA OASIS QUEST wins BEST NEW LEISURE ENTERTAINMENT CONCEPT
MUVI CINEMA wins BEST CINEMA EXPERIENCE
ATLANTIS AQUAVENTURE wins BEST DAY OUT
ANNUAL PASS CAMPAIGN by Farah Experiences wins BEST SALES & MARKETING CAMPAIGN
MUVI CINEMA wins BEST CSR PROGRAM
Toy Promotion- Landmark Leisure wins BEST CUSTOMER LOYALTY PROGRAM
Al Hokair's FOR YOU PROGRAM wins BEST EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE
DREAMSCAPE wins MOST INNOVATIVE APPLICATION OF TECHNOLOGY
CLYMB Abu Dhabi wins BEST INTERIOR DESIGN FOR A LEISURE FACILITY
Super Air Race by Zamperla wins BEST NEW PRODUCT FOR THEME PARKS
MammothBLAST Water Coaster by ProSlide wins BEST NEW PRODUCT FOR WATER PARKS
STORM by Triotech wins BEST NEW PRODUCT FOR FECS
HYPERRIDE by Triotech wins BEST NEW CONCEPT
ASI wins SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR
MAF wins BEST INNOVATION IN HEALTH & SAFETY
RENJITH Radhakrishnan of Al Othaimwins BEST INDIVIDUAL SAFETY ACHIEVEMENT
Atlantis Atlas project wins BEST IMPACTFUL SUSTAINABILITY CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR
Moustafa Mohamed - Landmark Leisure wins BEST ESTABLISHMENT MANAGER; BELOW 250000 VISITOR TRANSACTION
Shuaeb Abduljalil Musabih Dubai Municipality wins BEST ESTABLISHMENT MANAGER; ABOVE 250000 VISITORTRANSACTION
Prakash Vivekanand wins LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Prakash Vivekanand ASI wins MENALAC Hall of Fame 2022