SEGA Republic, the Middle East’s first and largest of its kind indoor theme park, managed by Emaar Retail at The Dubai Mall, is setting new benchmarks in indoor entertainment with a never-before array of amusement games and thrilling rides.

SEGA Republic recently celebrated the overwhelming public response since its opening in August 2009 by hosting SEGA Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mr Hajime Satomi. He was accompanied by President and Chief Operating Officer Mr Okitane Usui; Location Based Entertainment Division Senior Executive Producer Mr Yasuo Tazoe, Department General Manager Mr Yasutaka Sato and Project Leader Mr Shoji Mori.

Mr Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties, and Mr Arif Amiri, Chief Executive Officer, Emaar Retail, welcomed the delegation and highlighted the impressive success of SEGA Republic.

Mr Alabbar said: “Emaar works with strategic partners who have proven competencies in driving forward our projects. SEGA Corporation is the undisputed leader in indoor theme parks, and brings in unprecedented innovation and design excellence to SEGA Republic. This is the first of its kind project in the region and is in line with our development credo of bringing in world-first and world-class experiences.”

Mr Satomi said: “SEGA Corporation has pioneered a new dimension in indoor entertainment, which is perfectly embodied in SEGA Republic. In every aspect, this indoor park at The Dubai Mall is trend-setting – from the ambience, décor, service and variety of games and rides offered.”

Mr Amiri added: “The Middle East region has a strong youthful population, and offering them differential experiences is crucial for the success of malls and shopping destinations. SEGA Republic is a spectacular value-addition to The Dubai Mall and has attracted several thousand visitors over the past five months – both young and old. The entertainment showcase at SEGA Republic is unparalleled, making it the most-preferred destination for game and ride enthusiasts.”

A 76,000 sq ft indoor theme park, SEGA Republic has nine adrenaline-pumping attractions including Spin Gear, Sonic Hopper, Halfpipe Canyon, Storm-G and Initial D4 Limited. The various attractions are spread over five themed zones – Speed, Adventure, Sports, Cyberpop and Redemption – featuring a huge array of everything from action packed motion-simulators to simulated sports games, classic carnival games and one of the region’s largest selections of prize-winning redemption games.

SEGA Republic is one of key leisure concepts in The Dubai Mall. Other leisure components in Emaar Retail’s portfolio are Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, featuring the world’s largest acrylic viewing panel and over 33,000 aquatic animals; Dubai’s largest megaplex, the 22-screen Reel Cinemas; the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink are magnets for visitors; and a dedicated children’s edutainment centre, KidZania®.