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WHO WE ARE

The MENA Cinema Forum is the only largest cinema convention in the MENA region. The forum is designed to support the evolution of the industry through featuring the latest from global and regional content from leading studios, regional projects and plans, technological and technical advancements and best practices in next generation of customer experience and engagement, through a mixture of various mediums.
The inaugural edition gathered over 650 experts from 45 countries from across the cinema industry supply chain. The 2019 edition will build on the inaugural edition and will include a several studio product presentations, special film screenings and premiers, a 3-day conference, dedicated presentations, product demos, workshops, and so much more. The event will conclude with the first ever MENA Cinema Awards ceremony which will honor the best in Hollywood, Bollywood and Arab Cinema, as well as the best regional exhibitors and distributors.

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Exclusive Cinema Content at the Region’s Only Cinema Convention

We are working on finalizing the studio product presentations as well as special screenings and premiers that make MENA Cinema Forum the only Cinema Convention of the region. Keep watching this space as we announce all the final content features.

Slate Presentations

Warner Bros. Picture International Product Presentation
Front Row Filmed Entertainment Product Presentation
Myrkott Animation Studio Product Presentation
Arab Format Lab Product Presentation

Special Screenings

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EVENT FEATURES

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STUDIO SLATE PRESENTATIONS

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SCREENINGS

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CONFERENCE

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AWARDS

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WORKSHOPS

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PRIVATE MEETINGS

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POST EVENT RECEPTIONS

SPEAKERS

Jan Runge

MENA Cinema Chairman & Advisor


Majed Al Suwaidi

Managing Director, Dubai Studio City


Cameron Mitchell

Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas and Majid Al Futtaim Leisure & Entertainment


Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen

Chief Executive Officer, Novo Cinemas



Adon Quinn

General Manager, Muvi Cinemas


Mohamed Al Hashemi

Country Manager KSA, Majid Al Futtaim Ventures


Toni El Massih

Chief Content Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas


Maria Gedeon

Marketing Director, Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, Entertainment and Cinemas



Ashish Shukla

Chief Executive Officer, Cinepolis Gulf


John Iozzi

CEO and Managing Director AMC Cinemas - KSA


Melissa Cogavin

Managing Director, Melissa Cogavin Limited and ex-founder and CEO of the Event Cinema Association


Melissa Jarvinen

Sales & Marketing Director, Novo Cinemas



Rony Mitri

Head of Non-theatrical Distribution- MENA, Empire Entertainment


Asim Altokhais

Award-winning screenwriter and script consultant - Co-Founder/General Manager of 3rd action, Inc., the strategic screenwriting partner of MENA CINEMA Forum


Gianluca Chakra

Managing Partner, Front Row Filmed Entertainment


Abdulaziz Almuzaini

Co-Founder – CEO, Myrkott Animation Studio



Ryan Arbabi

Technical Director, Farrat Isolevel Ltd


Hassan Javed

Senior Marketing Manager, STARZ PLAY by Cinepax, Pakistan


Malik Nejer

Art Director and Co-Founder, Myrkott Animation Studio


Dr. Mike Berry

President, CISTULA TULIP PLC and Golden Tulip Films



Daniel Fachner

President – ICEE Company


Eranna Yekbote

Chief Architect, Era Architects


Khulud Abu homos

CEO/Founder, Art Format Lab


John Sullivan

Director, The Light Cinemas, UK



Phil Grabsky

Producer/Distributor, Seventh Art Productions/Exhibition on Screen


Paul Schwarz

Partner & Principal Design Confidence – Acoustics


Ahmed Sobky

Head of Sales, Acquisitions & Theatrical Distribution, Zawya Cinema, Egypt


Bassam Hajjawi

President/CEO, International Distribution Agency and Commissioner, The Royal Film Commission, Jordan



Bassam Alasad

Co-Founder - Green Producer, Greener Screen and General Manager/ Chief Content Office, Creative Media Solutions


Pablo Carrera

Principal Analyst, Cinema, IHS Markit Technology


Phil Clapp

CEO, The UK Cinema Association, President, International Union of Cinemas, Board Member of the Global Cinema Federation


Ruby Hasan

Senior Marketing Specialist - Warner Bros. Pictures, Shooting Stars



Todd Hoddick

Chief Revenue Officer premium, Cinionic


Tarek Ghannam

Head of Distribution, Shooting Stars


Till Cussmann

Senior VP of Sales EMEA and General Manager Europe, Vista Cinema


Mike Matthews

Trafalgar Releasing - Distributor and producer



Paul Baker

Managing Director, EMEA, VIP Cinema Seating International Ltd


Jens Kayser

Sales Manager Digital Cinema, NEC Display Solutions Europe


Richard Nye

Cinema Sales Director, EMEA, Christie


Peter Khamas

CEO, Cinetech



Prof. Michael Erkelenz

Media Production / Media Management University of Applied Sciences RheinMain-Germany in coop. with Advanced Media Trading-Dubai


Sachin Shetty

Executive Director EMEA, GDC Technology International


David Wallace

B.Arch. Dip. Arch, RIBA, Director, Chapman Taylor, London


Sudhir Syal

CEO - Middle East, BookMyShow, Middle East



Amer Abu Alhaija

Monetization Director, Myrkott Animation Studio


Mark Waldman

Director, Sales and Marketing - Worldwide, POSitive Cinema


Friedrich (Fritz) Deininger

Sr. Director Cinema Europe, Middle East, Africa, India and RUCIS Dolby Laboratories


J. Sperling Reich

Founder, Co-Editor, Celluloid Junkie



Nita Odedra

General Manager Sales and Marketing, Blue Rhine Industries


Serge Plasch

Chief Commercial Officer, Cinionic


Omar Abu Omar

Managing Partner, Capella Entertainment


Erik Stevens

Operations Manager, Roxy Cinemas



Rajkumar Akella

Managing Director - Comscore - India


Nathan Giliam Odín

Operations Manager, Comscore Movies


Arch .Abeer Al Khirat

Technical Manager, Gypsemna LLC


Sarah Lewthwaite

Managing Director, EMEA, Movio



Roozbeh Kafi

Assistant Professor of Digital Production and Storytelling, American University in Dubai


AGENDA

Time Location Activity
08:00 Expo Floor, Level 2, Conrad Trade Show and Conference Registration
09:30 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad Welcome Remarks from Event Host
  • * Leila Masinaei, Managing Partner, GM Events
09:35 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad Welcome Remarks from Event Advisor and Chairman
  • * Jan Runge, MENA Cinema Advisor and Chairman
09:45 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad Welcome Keynote
  • * Majed Al Suwaidi, Managing Director, Dubai Studio City
09:55 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad Opening Keynote from Event Strategic Partner
  • * Cameron Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas and Majid Al Futtaim Leisure & Entertainment
10:10 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad Reserved for GCAM
10:30 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad Cinema Strategies and Statistics Updates

  • * The economic, cultural and societal value of cinema and a thriving film sector
  • * Cinema industry statistics globally and regionally
  • * Main policies across the region and how they may impact the expansion of the industry
  • * Main hurdles, obstacles and opportunities in the region
  • Rajkumar Akella, Comscore
10:50 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad Keynote Panel Discussion: MENA Cinema Upcoming Project Updates

  • * VOX Saudi Arabia upcoming projects overview and updates
    Mohamed Al Hashemi, Country Manager KSA, Majid Al Futtaim Ventures

  • * Novo Cinemas’ upcoming projects overview and updates
    Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, Chief Executive Officer, Novo Cinemas

  • * Muvi Cinamas’ upcoming projects overview and updates
    Adon Quinn, General Manager, Muvi Cinemas

  • * AMC KSA’s upcoming projects overview and updates
    John Iozzi, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, AMC Cinemas-KSA
  • * Open floor Q&A
11:55 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad Project updates from the fastest growing international exhibitor in the region
  • * Achieving operations in 4 countries in 1 year
  • * Unveiling a new special and exclusive project and partnership in the UAE
  • Ashish Shukla, Chief Executive Officer, Cinépolis Gulf
12:15 Expo Floor, Level 2, Conrad Trade Show Inauguration

During the trade show hours, attendees can engage in the following activities:
  • * Closed Door Business Meetings (Room available for pre-booking)
  • * Floor Activities:
    • * Technical Seminars
    • * Product Presentations from sponsors
    • * AR/VR Zone
    • * Movie Themes Photobooth and Interactive Zones
    • * Floor Entertainment
Technical Seminars: Design, Construction and Acoustics
Moderated by: Paul Schwarz, Partner & Principal Design Confidence – Acoustics
12:40 Expo Floor, Level 2, Conrad Architectural and technical considerations for designing state-of-the-art cinemas
  • * Eranna Yekbote, Chief Architect, Era Architects
13:00 Expo Floor, Level 2, Conrad Tahia Al Cinema: Futuristic immersive cinema experiences with digital technology in the MENA region
  • * Nita Odedra, Blue Rhine Industries, Blu Rhine Industries
13:20 Expo Floor, Level 2, Conrad The Next Chapter in the History of Cinema Sound Insulation
  • * Ryan Arbabi, Technical Director, Farrat Isolevel Ltd
13:40 Expo Floor, Level 2, Conrad Total cinema integration solutions from feasibility studies to cinema operation and management
  • * Omar Abu Omar, Managing Partner, Capella Entertainment
14:00 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad
Myrkott Journey Panel Discussion: From YouTube to a Full Feature

Presented by:
  • * Abdulaziz Almuzaini, Co-Founder – CEO, Myrkott Animation Studio
  • * Malik Nejer, Art Director and Co-Founder, Myrkott Animation Studio
14:30 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad Networking Lunch
Open to All Access Pass Holders
15:30 Expo Floor, Level 2, Conrad Trade Show Hours Continued

During the trade show hours, attendees can engage in the following activities:
  • * Closed Door Business Meetings (Room available for pre-booking)
  • * Floor Activities:
    • * Product Presentations from Sponsors
    • * Movie Themes Photobooth and Interactive Zones
    • * Event Partners Appreciation Awards
16:30 Ground Floor, Conrad Shuttle bus departure for Mall of the Emirates
17:10 VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates Session reserved for GCAM
17:30 VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates
Product Presentation
Warner Bros. Picture International


Presented by:
  • * Tarek Ghannam, Head of Distribution, Shooting Stars
  • * Ruby Hasan, Senior Marketing Specialist - Warner Bros. Pictures, Shooting Stars
Open to All Access Pass Holders
18:30 VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates Special Screening of The Addams Family
Open to All Access Pass Holders
20:00 Vox Cinemas Parking Shuttle bus back to Conrad
20:30 Poolside, Level 6, Conrad Opening Day After Party
Open to All Access Pass Holders
Time Location Activity
08:30 Expo Floor, Level 2, Conrad Trade Show and Conference Registration
09:30 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad Welcome Remarks from Event Advisor and Chairman
  • * Jan Runge, MENA Cinema Advisor and Chairman
09:40 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad Global and regional cinema statistics
The new normal: ongoing investment in technology
  • * Pablo Carrera, Principal Analyst, Cinema, IHS Markit Technology
10:00 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad Panel Discussion 1: Cinema Technology and Innovation

The cinema going experience is evolving rapidly, thanks to investments into research, innovation and cinema technology upgrades across the value chain. The session will explore latest trends and explore the commercial realities underlying an industry in transformation.

Moderator:
  • * J. Sperling Reich, Founder, Co-Editor, Celluloid Junkie
Panelists:
  • * John Sullivan, Director, The Light Cinemas, UK
  • * Serge Plasch, Chief Commercial Officer, Cinionic
  • * Richard Nye, Cinema Sales Director, EMEA, Christie
  • * Peter Khamas, CEO, Cinetech
  • * Friedrich (Fritz) Deininger, Sr. Director Cinema Europe, Middle East, Africa, India and RUCIS, Dolby Laboratories
  • * Jens Kayser, Sales Manager Digital Cinema, NEC Display Solutions Europe
11:15 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad Panel Discussion 2: Managing Audience Engagement and Growth

How can we ensure that cinema going remains the top leisure activity in the region at a time when competition from other out of home offers, streaming services and social media increases? This session will explore how innovative technology, industry collaboration and new partnerships can help better engage cinema goers, drive footfall and increase loyalty.

Moderator:
  • * Jan Runge, MENA Cinema Advisor and Chairman
Panelists:
  • * Till Cussmann, Senior VP of Sales EMEA and General Manager Europe, Vista Cinema
  • * Maria Gedeon, Marketing Director, Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, Entertainment and Cinemas
  • * Hassan Javed, Senior Marketing Manager, STARZ PLAY by Cinepax, Pakistan
  • * Daniel Fachner, President, ICEE
  • * Paul Baker, Managing Director, EMEA, VIP Cinema Seating International Ltd.
  • * Sudhir Syal – CEO, Book My Show
  • * Mark Waldman Director, Sales and Marketing – Worldwide, POSitive Cinema
  • * Amer Abu Alhaija, Monetization Director, Myrkott Animation Studio
12:30 Expo Floor, Level 2, Conrad Trade Show Hours (open door to public and attendees)

During the trade show hours, attendees can engage in the following activities:
  • * Closed Door Business Meetings (Room available for pre-booking)
  • * Floor Activities:
    • * Product Presentations from sponsors
    • * Movie Themes Photobooth and Interactive Zones
    • * Floor Entertainment
Technical Seminars: From Design to Material and Technology Selection
Moderated by: Paul Schwarz, Partner & Principal Design Confidence – Acoustics
12:40 Expo Floor, Level 2, Conrad The opportunities for cinema design in GCC region
  • * David Wallace, B.Arch. Dip. Arch, RIBA, Director, Chapman Taylor, London
13:00 Expo Floor, Level 2, Conrad A new visual standard
  • * Serge Plasch, Chief Commercial Officer, Cinionic
13:20 Expo Floor, Level 2, Conrad 12 Steps Towards Right Cinemas
  • * Arch .Abeer Al Khirat, Technical Manager, Gypsemna LLC .
13:40 Expo Floor, Level 2, Conrad Cinema technology and automation
  • * Sachin Shetty, Executive Director EMEA, GDC Technology International
14:00 Expo Floor, Level 2, Conrad Unlocking Big Data and ROI In The Middle East
  • * Audience Insights around Middle Eastern moviegoers
  • * What opportunities these can present for growing attendance and spend
  • * What can Middle Eastern cinema chains learn from other markets? Best practices etc.
Sarah Lewthwaite, Managing Director, EMEA, Movio
14:30 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad Networking Lunch
Open to All Access Pass Holders
15:30 Expo Floor, Level 2, Conrad Trade Show Hours Continued

During the trade show hours, attendees can engage in the following activities:
  • * Closed Door Business Meetings (Room available for pre-booking)
  • * Floor Activities:
    • * Product Presentations from Sponsors
    • * Movie Themes Photobooth and Interactive Zones
    • * Floor Entertainment
16:30 Ground Floor, Conrad Hotel, Dubai Shuttle bus departure for Mall of Emirates
17:10 VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates
Front Row Filmed Entertainment 2020 Content Slate Presentation

Open to All Access Pass Holders
17:45 VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates Special Screening Son-Mother
Open to All Access Pass Holders
19:00 Ground Floor, Conrad Hotel Shuttle Bus Departure Location 1 to Dubai Mall
19:45 Mall of Emirates Drop Off Point Shuttle Bus Departure Location 2 to Dubai Mall
20:30 Dolby Cinema, Reel Cinemas, the Dubai Mall Terminator: Dark Fate
Open to All Access Pass Holders
20:30 Dubai Mall, Drop Off Point Shuttle Bus Departure
20:30-01:00 Poolside, Level 6, Conrad Terminator Afterparty
Time Location Activity
08:30 Expo Floor, Level 2, Conrad Trade Show and Conference Registration
10:00 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad Production and Distribution Focus Day

Panel Discussion 1: Overview of Current and Future Content Needs of the MENA Region

  • * Statistics of current demands and content consumption of movie goers in the region
  • * Arabic versus Hollywood versus Bollywood and beyond: What should the regional cinemas offer based on urbanization trends and projections?
  • * Procuring content for all demographics of the society
  • * Balancing cultural needs and sensitivities with emerging movie ratings or film ratings: How will the region evolve?
  • * Evolution of film procurement and distribution to meet the evolving market needs
Moderator:
  • * Asim Altokhais, Co-Founder/ Award-winning screenwriter and script consultant at 3rd action incorporation, the strategic screenwriting partner of Cinema Forum
Panelists:
  • * Rony Mitri, Head of Non-theatrical Distribution- MENA, Empire Entertainment
  • * Ahmed Sobky, Head of Sales, Acquisitions & Theatrical Distribution, Zawya Cinema, Egypt
  • * Gianluca Chakra, Managing Partner, Front Row Filmed Entertainment
  • * Dr. Mike c. Berry, President, CISTULA TULIP PLC and Golden Tulip Films
  • * Bassam Hajjawi, President/CEO, INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION AGENCY
11:00 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad Panel Discussion 2: Transforming the Region to Increase International and Regional Film Production

  • * Public-private partnerships in increasing regional film production
  • * Role of academia in improving regional production capacities
  • * Overcoming distribution and marketing gaps for promoting Arab movies
  • * Arab content for an emerging market: Feeding the appetite
  • * Current gaps in film making scene and what is needed to address them
  • * Plans and visions for the future
  • * Opportunities for cross boarder collaborations and JVs between Arab and International studios
  • * Monetization of regional theatrical productions and increasing global competitiveness
Moderator:
  • * Jan Runge, MENA Cinema Advisor and Chairman
Panelists:
  • * Toni El Massih, Chief Content Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas
  • * Abdulaziz Almuzaini, Co-Founder – CEO, Myrkott Animation Studio
  • * Asim Altokhais, Co-Founder/ Award-winning screenwriter and script consultant at 3rd action incorporation, the strategic screenwriting partner of Cinema Forum
  • * Khulud Abu homos, CEO/Founder, Art Format Lab
  • * Gianluca Chakra, Managing Partner, Front Row Filmed Entertainment
  • * Roozbeh Kafi, Assistant Professor of Digital Production and Storytelling, American University in Dubai
12:00 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad AFL Showreel of first Emarati Crowed Sourced Film: UAE Entertainment Experience

Presented by:
  • * Khulud Abu homos, CEO/Founder, Art Format Lab
13:00 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad Panel Discussion 3: Event Cinema: The Next Generation of Exhibition Content

  • * Overview of Event Cinema statistics
  • * Setting up an Event Cinema strategy for your Operations
  • * Procurement, marketing and promotion of live events
  • * eSports in cinemas
Moderator:
  • * Melissa Cogavin, Managing Director, Melissa Cogavin Limited and ex-founder and CEO of the Event Cinema Association
Panelists:
  • * Phil Grabsky, Producer/Distributor, Seventh Art Productions/Exhibition on Screen
  • * Mike Matthews, Sales Director, Trafalgar Releasing - Distributor and producer
  • * Erik Stevens, Operations Manager, Roxy Cinemas
13:45 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad Conference Wrap Up Summary
Jan Runge, MENA Cinema Advisor and Chairman
13:50 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad Networking Lunch
Open to All Access Pass Holders
14:45 Expo Floor, Level 2, Conrad Trade Show Hours (open door to public and attendees)

During the trade show hours, attendees can engage in the following activities:
  • * Closed Door Business Meetings (Room available for pre-booking)
  • * Floor Activities:
    • * Movie Themes Photobooth and Interactive Zones
    • * Floor Entertainment
14:45 Workshop Room 2 Room, Level 4, Conrad Intro to Documentary Film Production Masterclass

This interactive workshop will highlight all key steps to making documentaries starting from selecting a subject, research, plan development, creating a shot list, shooting, writing a script, begin editing and finally launching it.The other aspect will be sharing and discussing various ideas in the verse of poetic documentaries, Expository documentaries, Observational documentaries, Participatory documentaries, Reflexive documentaries and Per formative documentaries.

Masterclass Leader:
  • * Dr. Mike c. Berry, President, CISTULA TULIP PLC and Golden Tulip Films

14:45 Workshop Room 3 Room, Level 4, Conrad Eco-Production Workshop

This workshop will cover an introduction to climate change and the media industry's carbon footprint impact. The second part of the discussion will address the positive impact that our industry can accomplish off-screen and on-screen. It aims to support the film, TV and Digital media industries in becoming environmentally sustainable by adopting best practices and calculate our impact. As a member of the international sustainable production consortium and BAFTA’s Albert partner, greener screen is building a global network to help accelerate the knowledge sharing process and to share the local experience with the international community.

Workshop Leader:
  • * Bassam Alasad, Co-Founder - Green Producer, Greener Screen and General Manager/ Chief Content Office, Creative Media Solutions

14:45 Ground Floor, Conrad Shuttle bus departure for Mall of the Emirates
15:15 VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates World Premier: LEONARDO – THE WORKS

Open to All Access Pass Holders
17:15 VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates Special Screening of Zombieland: Double Tap
Open to All Access Pass Holders
19:15 Vox Cinemas Parking Shuttle bus back to Conrad
19:00 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad MENA Cinema Awards Welcome Reception (By invite only)
20:00 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad MENA Cinema Awards Ceremony (By invite only)

ComScore Awards:
  • * Highest Grossing Movie of the Year
  • * Highest Grossing Arabic Title of the Year
  • * Highest Grossing Indian Title of the Year
  • * Highest Grossing Exhibitor of the Year
  • * Highest Grossing Distributor of the Year
Presented by:
  • * Rajkumar Akella, Managing Director, Comscore Movies
  • * Nathan Giliam Odín, Operations Manager, Comscore Movies
People’s Choice Awards:
  • * Best Arab Movie of the Year
  • * Best Arab Director of the Year
  • * Best Arab Actor of the Year
  • * Best Arab Actress of the Year
  • * Best Arab Screenplay of the Year
Nomination Judging Panel:
  • * Rony Mitri, Head of Non-theatrical Distribution- MENA, Empire Entertainment
  • * Asim Altokhais, Co-Founder/ Award-winning screenwriter and script consultant at 3rd action incorporation, the strategic screenwriting partner of Cinema Forum
  • * Gianluca Chakra, Managing Partner, Front Row Filmed Entertainment
  • * Toni El Massih, Chief Content Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas
  • * Khulud Abu homos, CEO/Founder, Art Format Lab
21:00 Conference Floor, Level 4, Conrad Post Awards Reception and Event After Party

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+971 4 568 7800
Apex Atrium Motor City - Dubai

CONTACT US

 

ORGANISED BY

info@gmevents.ae
gmevents.ae
+971 4 568 7800
Apex Atrium Motor City - Dubai