The Civil Defense has pledged to close down entertainment centers that do not follow safety standards required.
“Civil Defense teams constantly conduct ad hoc inspections on entertainment centers and parks to ensure they adhere to safety standards, especially during busy periods, such as festivals and vacation,” said Abdullah Al-Harthi, Civil Defense spokesman.
“Centers are tasked with maintaining electricity equipment through daily checks and through routinely testing fire alerts,” he explained.
Furthermore, experts have called for the introduction of insurance policies against risks arising from using games at arcades, a local newspaper reported.
“For now, the gardens located along the Jeddah waterfront are safe enough, but indoor centers need to become more safety-proof to attract more visitors,” Salah Taha, a Sudanese resident, told Arab News.
Saudi has a huge motivation to keep their entertainment centers and recreational sector safe and to maintain a good reputation. Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) announced that the average consumption on the recreational sector per year is SR2.1 billion. Revenues for entertainment centers is an astonishing SR1.5 billion per year, of which 48.7 percent is generated from e-games and 27.5 percent from entrance fees, according to SCTA data. Recreational and entertainment centers make 35 percent of their yearly revenues during holiday seasons such as Eid Al-Fitr. Turnover at recreational centers increase by as much as 300 percent during Eid holidays, whit family spending ranging from everything between SR500 and SR2,000 per capita during these seasons.
Originally posted by: Zawya