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Saudi Arabia Is Really Trying to Lure Tourists. This Time With a New 'Extreme' Park.

Saudi Arabia Theme Parks News
by Eben Diskin Oct 20, 2021

“Oil rig” and “family fun” aren’t often used in the same sentence, but a new theme park in Saudi Arabia is looking to change that in a manner that’s both safe and not nearly as boring as you might expect.

The country’s newest theme park is called The Rig. It’s a former oil rig in the Arabian Gulf that will be converted into a more than 1.6 million-square-foot theme park, consisting of three hotels and 11 restaurants across several connected platforms. Plenty of adrenaline-pumping experiences will be on tap, like bungee jumping, roller coasters, a simulated beach, a go kart track, and more. Multiple helipads and 50 docks for boats will help with getting people out onto this ocean theme park.

The project is funded by the country’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which released a promotional video earlier this month.

“This project is a unique tourism attraction expected to attract tourists from around the world,” the PIF said in a statement. A particular focus will be on visitors from the Arabian Gulf region.

The park is part of the Saudi Vision 2030 strategy, which has the ultimate goal of making Saudi Arabia a top international tourism destination to compete with nearby Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The Six Flags Qiddiya project, which announced earlier this year that it will have the world’s fastest roller coaster, is part of the same tourism campaign, along with NEOM — a futuristic “sustainable” city being built in the Arabian desert. Celebrating oil rigs through a theme park might not be the most sustainable-first mindset, but it’s surely better for the environment than drilling.

As of publication, no date has been announced for the completion of The Rig.

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