Hollywood-style action at Motiongate Dubai

Motiongate Dubai, the largest Hollywood-inspired theme park in the region, offers non-stop action and cinematic adventure.
Updated 29 January 2017

Hollywood-style action at Motiongate Dubai

With school holidays on the horizon, Dubai will be one of the top destinations for GCC residents and families looking for exciting entertainment and leisure experiences.
Motiongate Dubai, the region’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park, is combining favorite pastimes to present the best of Hollywood cinema, theme park action, live entertainment and exciting shopping and dining options to visitors.
Motiongate Dubai is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the region’s largest integrated theme park destination.
At Motiongate Dubai, guests can choose the type of Hollywood adventure they want to have, whether they are adventure seekers, star spotters, film buffs or foodies.
It is spread across five themed zones: Columbia Pictures, Smurfs Village, DreamWorks, Lionsgate and Studio Central, the park’s entry boulevard.
Motiongate Dubai brings to life 13 Hollywood blockbuster films including favorites such as the Smurfs, Ghostbusters, Hotel Transylvania, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Step Up, Al In! and Step Up, Revolution as immersive experiences. 
John Hallenbeck, general manager, commented: “Motiongate Dubai at Dubai Parks and Resorts is a great must-visit attraction for visiting families and groups of friends, who want to experience the best of Hollywood films, immersive rides such as roller coasters, motion simulators and interactive play areas plus a program of live entertainment and shows.”
He said: “In addition, with a wide range of movie-themed dining and shopping, guests can go beyond the screen of their favorite films and create memorable experiences.”

Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Updated 19 March 2019

Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Annual horology exhibition Salon des Grandes Complications (SDGC) is returning to Saudi Arabia for the third year in a row, with shows in both Jeddah and Riyadh. The event will showcase the latest masterpieces from some of the most celebrated watchmakers in history. The fine watchmaking exhibition will kick off in Jeddah at the Hilton Hotel April 8-11, and then move to Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh April 15-18.

Salon des Grandes Complications debuted in Dubai in 2014, later branching out to Saudi Arabia due to high demand and the appreciation of exceptional timepieces in the Kingdom. 

Saudi Arabia is a key Middle Eastern market for watchmakers — last year saw a year-on-year increase in the import of Swiss watches by 6 percent, and this figure is only expected to increase with the introduction of new policies. 

The capital city of Riyadh is home to over 10,000 watch collectors while Jeddah on the other hand, is Saudi Arabia’s commercial hub, with almost as many horological aficionados estimated to live there. 

Designed to offer a platform for Maisons and enthusiasts to convene, Salon des Grandes Complications creates opportunities for knowledge to be exchanged and collectors to discover — often for the first time in the region — limited editions, the newest launches and unique rarities. 

Among the international brands that will be present at the 2019 edition are Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Breguet, Breitling, Fabergé, Girard-Perregaux, Greubel Forsey, Harry Winston, Montblanc, Rudis Sylva, TAG Heuer, Ulysse Nardin and Zenith. 

With the introduction of several new brands, there will be a more diversified display of timepieces, from innovative novelties to classic creations, grand complications and high jewelry timepieces. Also new to this year’s edition will be a private majlis (a gathering place for social events), where special talks will be hosted by various brands and experts will share their personal insights into modern day horology. 

SDGC has successfully attracted over 80 international Swiss, German and Italian brands during the past five years.

The event will be held alongside the 10th annual Jewellery Salon 2019, a well-established jewelry exhibition in the Kingdom.

SDGC 2019 will be held in partnership with Bentley Motors and with the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Saudi Arabia.

The event will be open free of charge to all professional visitors from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.