Dubai welcomes yet another stunning observatory deck – The View at The Palm. Towering 240 meters above Palm Jumeirah, it’s the only attraction offering 360-degree views of Palm Jumeirah, Arabian Gulf and the Dubai skyline. And DEI has come onboard as the official imaging partner to capture guests with these spectacular views.
This agreement also marks DEI’s first partnership with Nakheel, and it will honor the agreement with utmost commitment.
The region’s largest multi-cultural festival park, Global Village has opened for its 25th season. Spread across 1.6 million square meter and receiving the 4th largest daily footfall on the planet, it’s truly the world’s playground. And DEI is geared up to capture the play.
DEI has deployed its immersive imaging program across park experiences like The Wheel Of The World and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, to capture the happiness in every moment… As people celebrate the diversity and the wonders of the globe.
Continuing its consistent partnership, Atlantis - The Palm, Dubai renews its contract for another term with DEI.
Being a landmark resort, Atlantis - The Palm welcomes thousands of visitors on a daily basis. DEI brings together both, an efficient team to meet requirements of extensive operational needs as well as consistent efforts to innovate in terms of technology and product offerings.
The original luxury playground for families in Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Hotel renews its imaging partnership with DEI.
The signed partnership reinforces the trust that DEI offers as a guest-service driven entity, focused on elevating experiences.
One of Dubai’s most iconic waterpark, Wild Wadi Waterpark renews its imaging partnership with DEI.
DEI is pleased to meet the service excellence expectations of the partner as it continues its quest to elevate guest journeys.
Socially distanced queues. Masked faces. Hygiene-conscious crowds. The new normal has arrived at attractions and so has DEI.
DEI has recommenced its imaging services in 10 out of 16 countries. UNWTO predicts a surge in domestic tourism post the unlocking of countries. As guests queue up to have their photos clicked, their smiles remain masked…but joy can still be seen in their eyes! DEI is happy to capture that glint of hope.
As Singapore gradually lifts its lockdown measures, tourism businesses were permitted to resume operations since July 1, beginning with 13 attractions. The government has also launched a strong domestic campaign worth USD 32.4 million - SingapoRediscovers, to encourage locals to discover different sides of Singapore.
This has led to enthusiastic families visiting Universal Studios Singapore, Marina Bay Sands and Singapore Zoo, among other places, with DEI’s photographers capturing their ardent fervour!
As parts of the world continue their COVID-19 protective measures, China has already been moving forward. China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism reported over 115 million domestic trips during the May Day holiday, providing strong evidence of China’s rebound.
DEI has resumed its photography services in Atlantis Sanya and Chimelong Safari. With more local presence at attractions, it gives an opportunity for personalized attention and an immersive photography experience.
IAAPA 2020 – It’s a wrap!
On ground became online. Strolling became surfing. vCards replaced Business Cards. IAAPA in its virtual avatar witnessed many changes. But one thing remained the same. The love shown by the attraction’s community, with as many as 130 exhibitors showcasing their prowess. DEI was one of them.
The expo lasted 3 days. 3 days of pure community bonding as the next big things in the attractions world were discussed.
DEI with its latest acquisition set sail for the tranquil lagoons of the Paradise island in Bahamas. Sprawled within its lush landscape is the colossal Atlantis Paradise Island, the company’s next venture.
This resort is breathtaking beyond words. Featuring the world’s largest open-air marine habitat, a 141-acre water park, 11 incredible pools, 5 miles of magnificent beaches, a Tom Weiskopf-designed 18-hole, oceanfront golf course, and the Atlantis Casino, the resort is a portal to the true Bahamian experience. It was the first Atlantis resort, serving as a blueprint and paving the way for Atlantis – The Palm, Dubai and Atlantis Sanya. DEI will now operate in all the 3 Atlantean resorts, already serving as an imaging partner for the latter 2.
Mr. Ram, Founder and CEO, DEI said, “It’s a privilege to be associated with Atlantis Paradise Islands, which strengthens our decade-long association with the Atlantis group. The Caribbean belt witnesses a high influx of tourists with close to 30 million visitors in 2018. This partnership opens doors for us to target this immense untapped potential, where we empower guests returning home with fond experiences of their experiences at this dream vacation destination.”
The newest addition to Dubai’s skyline, the Dubai Frame is a colossal feat of architecture. It holds people’s attention and also the Guinness World Record for the largest building in the shape of a frame. In its first year of opening over a million people visited it.
With this iconic landmark under its imaging portfolio, DEI has further strengthened its clout in Dubai. It is also pleased to partner with the Dubai government on yet another project.
Bali is an island of breath-taking locations and brilliant opportunities. Where the ocean plays a pivotal role in every experience. As an imaging partner of The Mandapa – Ritz Carlton Reserve, we have soaked in the blue through the Marriot heritage. And now, we have struck a deal with The Ritz Carlton Nusa Dua too, becoming the sole partners for the Ritz Carlton in Bali.
Through our Resort Photography Program, we look forward to capturing their guests’ captivating moments, be it special events, weddings, renewal of vows, and turning them into memories they can cherish forever.
We rode our way to this year’s edition of the attractions industry’s premier event in Asia. As one of the 400+ participating companies, we exhibited our global locations, unique imaging solutions, and pioneering technology. Throughout the 3 days of the expo, we interacted with resorts, attraction and theme parks attending the expo and helped them experience the future of the photography industry.
More than a palace, more about a journey; Qasr al Watan is the newest cultural landmark to open its doors to public in Abu Dhabi. An exquisitely crafted tribute to the Arabian heritage, it’s welcoming guests to explore the country’s well-preserved legacy.
DEI is honored to be a part of this enriching journey, capturing memories of visitors as they appreciate the Arabian architectural craftsmanship and intellectual heritage.
Dubai's 8th edition of its biggest comic, gaming and film convention brought A-list celebrities, world-renowned artists, and geeky fans all under one roof. From Shazam! To Doctor Strange, Game of Thrones to Arrow, the mega pop culture event was well represented by the biggies of the industry.
And of course, DEI was present, as ever, to click all the enthusiasm at the city’s largest costume party.
Housed in the Mall of Muscat, Oman Aquarium opens its doors to marine enthusiasts. It is the first aquarium of its kind in the Sultanate of Oman and the largest in the Middle East.
This breathtaking new visitor attraction covers over 8,000sqm of the Mall and has 55 exhibit tanks. Spanning three floors and featuring a demi-tunnel running through part of the main tank, it’s home to over 30,000 marine animals and 1,000 types of fishes.
DEI is excited about this partnership with Oman Aquarium. It looks forward to elevating the guests’ experiences with its imaging solutions and providing them with memories worth treasuring for a lifetime. This partnership expands DEI’s presence to yet another region, taking its overall tally to now 15 countries.
On board already for one of its theme park, DEI now expands its association with Trans Corp, securing the imaging solutions rights for all its 4 ventures.
The setup at Trans Snow World, the first and the biggest snow indoor theme park in Indonesia, began in March. With its expertise and high-quality service, DEI ensures that guests have cool memories to take back home.
Often referred to as the Oasis in the Desert, Shanku’s Water Park is a popular holiday destination for people seeking refuge from the city heat. Located in the Mehsana district of Gujarat, the Park spreads across 75 acres of land with a lush green ambience.
With DEI as its imaging solutions partner, now every splash of joy can be cherished forever.
For the second year in a row, Thunder Snow won the prestigious race. For the third year in a row, DEI won over the guests’ hearts, preserving their priceless memories for life.
Dubai World Cup, the World’s biggest horse race, and Dubai’s biggest sporting and social event, was held at the Meydan racecourse on 30th March. A whopping $35 million prize money was on offer and the Emirate’s who’s who were in the stands to witness the glitz and the glamour.
With its partnership with the World Cup, DEI was present at the venue capturing the guests in their sharp suits, high heels, ornate headgear and plenty of bling.
The event was a resounding success and DEI was honored to be a partner at this cauldron of allure.
Thomas Cook India Group, the leading integrated travel services group, has announced its acquisition of a 51% stake in Digiphoto Entertainment Imaging (DEI), one of the world’s leading imaging solutions and services providers at an enterprise value of US $40.6 Million (Rs 289 crores). The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.
The acquisition marks the Thomas Cook India Group’s entry into an adjacent sector, complementary to its travel & travel related services portfolio and is both PAT and free cash accretive from day one.
Established in 2004, Digiphoto Entertainment Imaging is a technology driven company with offices in Dubai, Singapore, Mumbai, Orlando, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. DEI focuses on imaging solutions for the attractions industry with a robust end-to-end turnkey model by providing equipment, software, talent and operational expertise consultation to its business partners.
With a strong network of over 120 partners, DEI is present at more than 250 locations spanning over 14 countries (UAE, Singapore, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, China, USA, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Mauritius, Maldives, Egypt, India and Kuwait), and has completed 3.6 million transactions in 2018.
DEI’s partner attractions encompass waterparks, theme parks, aquariums, towers and resorts, including iconic attractions in the UAE (At The Top Burj Khalifa, Ski Dubai, Wild Wadi Waterpark, Warner Brothers, Ferrari World), Singapore (Universal Studios Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Zoo), Hong Kong (Ngong Ping 360), Macau (Macau Tower, The Venetian, Macao), Malaysia (Petronas Twin Towers, Resorts World Genting), China (Atlantis Sanya, Chimelong Safari Park), India (Ramoji Film City, Imagica, Wonderla Holidays Ltd.), Maldives (Taj Exotica, W Retreat & Spa, Shangri-La Villingili), Mauritius (St. Regis Mauritius Resort, Shanti Maurice Resort & Spa), Indonesia (Waterbom Bali, Bali Zoo, Trans Studio), Egypt (Ski Egypt, KidZania), Thailand (Ramayana Water Park, Vana Nava Water Jungle), USA (Hard Rock Café New York, Mango’s Tropical Café and Gaylord), to name a few.
In 2017, DEI launched KlassAkt, its school photography arm, and has already partnered with more than 90 schools across the UAE and India, including the prestigious GEMS group of schools in the UAE, the Oberoi International School, Jamnabai Narsee International School and Aditya Birla World Academy in Mumbai, India.
Madhavan Menon, Chairman and Managing Director, Thomas Cook (India) Limited said, “Our acquisition of DEI, a global imaging solutions and services giant, presents the Thomas Cook India Group an opportunity to participate in an exciting new business space, adjacent to our core travel services portfolio that is both PAT and free cash accretive from day one. DEI is an entrepreneurial success story with an impressive and proven track record of leadership, growth and profitability.”
He elaborated, “With several key markets in common, the addition of Ram and his team at DEI to our family, also presents new synergistic opportunities leveraging our travel services across 25 countries. We see an immediate opportunity for our outbound customers from India and Hong Kong, as well as our inbound and DMS customers across our global network. With the growing demand for experiential travel and social sharing, DEI’s partnerships with iconic attractions, theme parks, water parks and resorts will further enhance our travel services portfolio in line with our philosophy of creating long term shareholder value.”
K.S. Ramakrishnan, founder CEO and President of Digiphoto Entertainment Imaging said, “Our synergy with Thomas Cook India Group in the travel and tourism ecosystem strengthens DEI’s position in our existing markets whilst giving us immense reach to expand. DEI is leading the digital transformation of the guest photo journey through NFC, facial recognition and other state of the art proprietary technology enabling the guest to receive and share their memories in real time. We are proud to be part of a globally renowned travel and tourism leader, the Thomas Cook India Group. Innovation being key to DEI’s core entrepreneurial spirit with focus on long-term partnerships aligns us perfectly with the vision and ethos of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited.”
Ngong Ping 360 Limited (the Company) is a subsidiary of the MTR Corporation. Its principal business is to operate the Ngong Ping Cable Car and Ngong Ping Village. Since its opening in 2006 Ngong Ping 360 (NP360) has rapidly established a worldwide reputation as one of Hong Kong’s “must do” tourist experiences. NP360 allows visitors the opportunity to enjoy a 5.7 km ride on a state-of-the-art cable car system through outstanding scenery to a culturally-themed village and its surrounding attractions at Ngong Ping located on a high plateau in the heart of mountainous Lantau Island.
DEI has received a 5-year renewal contract with Malaysia’s icon twin towers, PETRONAS. Standing at 452 meters, Petronas Towers broke the record of 442 meters held by Sears Tower in Chicago, which had been holding the title of World’s Tallest Building for 25 years since 1974. The twin towers are topped by two spires, or known as pinnacles, a common feature of Islamic architecture. The highest occupied floor is the 88th floor at 375 meters high. The twin towers remained the tallest building in the world for 6 years, until in 2004 when Taipei 101 surpassed them. However as of today they are still the tallest twin towers in the world and may remain that for at least another 5 years or 10 years, or even longer, no one knows when they will be surpassed by other structures, as currently there’s still no proposal for higher twin towers proposed and approved, let alone being built.
One Faber Group is one of Singapore’s leading operators of a suite of leisure and lifestyle services, including attractions, guided tours, event venues, souvenir and lifestyle outlets as well as F&B operations. The company’s portfolio of products and services include the Singapore Cable Car, Wings of Time, Sentosa Merlion, Faber Peak Singapore, Arbora, Dusk Restaurant & Bar, Good Old Days, Show Bites and FUN Shop, Cable Car Gift Shop and Faber License.
Spanning across the hilltop at Mount Faber and Sentosa Island, One Faber Group’s products are linked by the Singapore Cable Car Sky Network of six stations on two main lines – the Mount Faber Line that connects mainland Singapore to the resort island of Sentosa, and the Sentosa Line that connects to the island’s western end at the Siloso Point.
The Group offers a memorable experience for its guests, offering a delightful escape that spans from green hilltop to blue sea and sandy beach, with sunshine and happiness radiating through the warm service of its friendly staff. Its legal name remains as Mount Faber Leisure Group Pte Ltd, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sentosa Development Corporation and operates as an autonomous commercial arm.
DEI has long been associated with the One Faber Group and continues to do so with the renewal of its contract covering – Merlion, Bird Photography, Plaza, Waterfront and Mount Fabre Cable Car.
Global Education Management Systems, headquartered in Dubai, is the largest operator of kindergarten-to-grade-12 schools in the world, with a network of over 50 schools in UAE. KlassAkt Dubai has recently signed up with 5 schools under the GEMS umbrella – GEMS Royal Dubai School, The Millennium School, GEMS Winchester School and GEMS Founders School Dubai – for annual day photography and videography. KlassAkt is much excited with this association and looks forward to delivering exceptional service, an experience that is a class apart.
Interactive Augmented Reality (IARE) is a unique interactive 3D AR experience on any screen. This fully interactive Augmented Reality system will provide the guests with a visual and audible interaction experience without ever needing to take the plunge! IARE is a media platform capable of attracting, engaging and educating individuals and groups, through a mixture of the real world and digital content. The IARE setup at Lost Chambers, Atlantis The Palm allows guest to up-close and personal with some of the most magnificent creatures from the ocean. From a beautiful orca to a friendly sealion, get incredibly close to these fantastic wild animals and lets them touch the untouchable.
Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi, the world’s first ever Warner Bros. branded indoor theme park! Touted as the world’s biggest, fully air-conditioned indoor theme parks, Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi brings together all legendary characters from the studio under one roof. From Superman to Batman and Wonder Woman to beloved cartoon stars like Bugs Bunny, Scobey-Doo, and Fred Flintstone, all and more are housed within the 1.65 million sq. ft. theme park with 29 state-of-the-art rides, interactive family-friendly attractions, unique live entertainment, multiple dining options, and exclusive shopping outlets.
The magical experience starts as soon as visitors step into the Warner Bros. shield and are transported to different worlds of action, adventure and eccentricity through the park’s six immersive lands. Each portal, with its scenic backdrops and authentically themed restaurants, is exactly how you imagined these enchanting Warner Bros. Worlds would be.
DEI is excited to be a part of this newly opened theme park and looks forward to capturing guests’ memorable experiences
This volcanic island of lagoons and palm-fringed beaches makes it the perfect holiday destination, and our carefully tailored imaging program ensures that the memories are captured for a lifetime.
Experience our program at the St Regis Mauritius near the historic Le Morne Peninsula, at the Sugar Beach Resort in the famous Flic en Flac district, or at the magnificent Long Beach Resort at Belle Mare Plage.”
DEI is honored to be the first imaging solutions provider to the newly opened, Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark, Malaysia. Built to be one of the world’s largest waterparks, Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark spans over 3,900 acres along a 17 kilometer beachfront. The park is home to the largest wave pool in Southeast Asia and the region’s first steel water coaster.
The park offers sun seekers 17 different exciting slides and a unique mix of wet and dry rides. There are five zones across the park for both adults and children – enough for the whole family to enjoy!
This partnership comes in addition to a long line of imaging solutions provided to waterparks by DEI such as Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis the Palm, Dubai and Atlantis Sanya, China, Waterbom in Bali and Jakarta, Adventure Cove, Singapore and many more.
DEI will provide Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark with a full range of imaging solutions including roving captures, ride photography, augmented reality and green screen technologies.
The DEI team is looking forward to a successful partnership with Desaru Adventure Waterpark and to providing guests with memorable keepsakes that will last a lifetime.
DEI, the world’s leading provider of imaging solutions to theme parks, attractions and resorts has entered into partnership with Farrah Experiences to provide imaging services for Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros. World in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is an award-winning amusement park. It is the first Ferrari branded theme park and home to Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster. DEI originally served Ferrari World through a non-operational model from 2012 and has now entered an agreement to provide a fully operational imaging program across the park. The shift has led to a positive impact on the guest experience and sales.
Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is an Emirati-themed waterpark. The park is home to more than 40 rides, slides and attractions including Bandit Bomber, the longest suspended roller coaster in the Middle East at over 550 metres long. DEI has been providing imaging solutions to the waterpark since 2013 and has extended its partnership as of December 2017.
The newest and most anticipated addition to Yas Island is Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. Set to open 25th July, DEI will be providing imaging solutions across the entire park. This is the first Warner Bros. branded theme park in the world and will include six immersive zones such as Dynamite Gulch, inspired by cartoon characters such as the Looney Tunes. The park will also feature Superman’s adopted home of Metropolis, Cartoon Junction, the prehistoric land of the Flintstones in Bedrock, Warner Bros. Plaza and the home of Batman, Gotham City.
DEI is very excited to provide imaging solutions across all three parks and looks forward to capturing guests memorable experiences.
Join DEI at the IAAPA Asian Attractions Expo 2018, June 6th – 8th in the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Booth 740. DEI will be exhibiting its latest locations and partnerships around the world, unique imaging solutions and its groundbreaking technology.
Asian Attractions Expo 2018 (AAE 2018) is the premier international business event for attractions industry professionals in the growing Asia Pacific region. DEI looks forward to greeting its current partners and meeting new partners to showcase its expertise to theme parks, attractions and resorts attending the expo. See you at the expo!
It was one year ago that DEI continued its foray into school photography with KlassAkt. As DEI entered the school photography market, they quickly became a leading provider of nursery and daycare photography services. DEI recognised a need in the market to provide schools and parents with quality images and products that capture the best expressions in children, and an efficient photo experience from capture to delivery. Out of this need, KlassAkt was born.
KlassAkt is a technologically advanced school photography provider that aims to be the leader in school photography. To achieve this, DEI transposed its 20 years of experience from theme park, attraction and resort photography and applied it to KlassAkt. In doing so, KlassAkt is able to provide schools and parents with seasoned photography professionals, operational and logistical management expertise and smart services that make it easy for parents to view and order photos.
With the introduction of Lifebook, every student has a new way to digitally archive a lifetime of experiences. For every event or occasion, students can relive it all with Lifebook.
This combination of pedigree, exclusive user-interface and exceptional service standards make KlassAkt an experience that is a class apart. KlassAkt is currently operating across the UAE and India.
Some of KlassAkt’s current school partners in the UAE include Nord Anglia International School, Amity International School, British Columbia Canadian International School, Emirates British Nursery, Safari Kids, La Petit Poucet. In India current school partners include Oberoi International School, Aditya Birla World Academy, Podar ORT International School, Kangaroo Kids, Iris Forets Play School and Podar Jumbo Kids.
For more information or to become a partner with KlassAkt, please visit www.klassakt.net.
DEI is proud to have been chosen as Atlantis Sanya’s Souvenir Imaging Solutions provider.
This new partnership further extends DEI’s long standing relationship with Atlantis that started with Atlantis, The Palm Dubai in 2012. DEI is providing photography services to capture guests in all areas of Atlantis Sanya including, roving, ride and underwater photography in Aquaventure Waterpark, capturing the animal interactions at Dolphin Cay and resort photography (“resortraits”) in the hotel and surrounding grounds.
On the 2nd of May, Atlantis Resorts announced the official opening of its first resort in China. The new Atlantis Sanya is a massive development that took four years to complete and nearly USD 2 billion in investment. It was built by Fosun International and is managed by Kerzner International, who also oversees Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai.
Atlantis Sanya is located in Haitang Bay, one of the major bays in Sanya, famous for its 22-kilometre strip of white, sandy beaches and often referred to as the “Hawaii of China.” Atlantis Sanya was inspired by Dubai’s Atlantis, The Palm where DEI has been providing photography services for the past six years.
The property covers 540,000 square meters overlooking Haitang Beach and the South China Sea with a 52-story tower as its centerpiece. There are 1,160 guestrooms plus 154 suites, five of which are palatial underwater suites.
Guests also have unlimited access to the resort’s other amenities, including its waterpark, aquarium and activity centers.
The resort includes the enormous open-air Lost Chambers Aquarium that comprises an underwater habitat called The Ambassador Lagoon where guests can scuba dive. It contains over 13.5 million liters of seawater and is home to 86,000 marine creatures representing over 270 species. Dolphin Cay affords the opportunity to swim with the sea mammals, as well as a 1,800-seat theater for shows and demonstrations.
Like the other Atlantis locations, this one features sections for family fun as well, including the Aquaventure Waterpark with waterslides, aquatic playgrounds and pools.
DEI is honored to be working with Atlantis Sanya to enhance their guests’ experience and provide memories that will last a lifetime from one of the most beautiful destinations in China. The partnership with Atlantis is a proud achievement as DEI continues to be the global leader in Imaging Solutions.
For more information about Atlantis Sanya, please visit www.atlantissanya.com