Malaysian Dinosaur Show to Debut in Iran

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Royas (inset) standing next to a T. rex, one of the biggest creatures at the Ice Age Alive exhibition.

COMING from an entrepreneurial family has inspired Royas Jahangiri to start her own business.

The Iranian woman’s first venture will be to bring a Malaysian exhibition to the world stage.

The 30-year-old PhD student said being from a family that has been involved in the restaurant business meant that entrepreneurship was in her blood.

“I came to Malaysia nine years ago to further my studies. I completed my architecture degree in 2013 and went on to pursue an MBA.”

“I thought it must have been imported from Europe and was surprised to discover that it was designed and created by a Malaysian company, Creative Alliance Crew.

“People in my home country have never seen anything like this. The exhibits featuring life-size extinct animals in motion were very impressive. The animals looked real.

“I have always been on the lookout for new business opportunities and saw the potential to expand and export this exhibition overseas.

“I convinced my family to fly over to view this business opportunity and they agreed to invest as a partner in the company,” said the business development director.

Royas, who calls Malaysia home, said she plans to bring the exhibition to other parts of Malaysia as well as Iran and Indonesia.

“We are looking to expand to Langkawi in Kedah as well as Terengganu.

“The Tourism Ministry is supportive of this exhibition and I hope they would do the same for our future projects.

“It is a win-win situation for us and the ministry as we can drive tourists to the exhibition at no cost for the government.”

Royas said the exhibition would take on a different theme from time to time.

“It will feature new animals that have gone extinct as well as dinosaurs which are the main attraction.

“It will be an educational exhibition with brief explanations about the history and life forms that roamed our planet.

“The venture is also timely as there is a lot of interest in dinosaurs with the release of the Jurassic World 2 movie recently.

“The exhibition in Matic attracts a lot of tourists as it is just five minutes from KLCC and close to major tourist spots like Ampang and Bukit Bintang.”

Royas said she is working on securing land at the targeted venues and hopes to kick off other exhibitions next year.