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Six Flags Qiddiya to bring year-round thrills to Saudi Arabia
With a striking setting close to Riyadh, Qiddiya is one of Saudi Arabia’s biggest giga-projects. Following the announcement last August of a partnership with Six Flags, Blooloop talks to two of the executives delivering this and other theme park experiences.
Expected to open in 2023, the 32-hectare Six Flags Qiddiya, set against the Tuwaiq mountain range, will be the largest and most heavily themed Six Flags yet.
Qiddiya is described as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) pre-eminent entertainment, sports and arts destination. The 334 square kilometre site will comprise a 231 square kilometre natural area as well as a 103 square kilometre developed area.
Larger than Walt Disney World, the developed area will be divided into five zones: Resort Core, City Centre, Motion Zone, Eco Zone & Golf Community. Six Flags Qiddiya will be found in the Resort Core.
Phase I will also include a water-themed park filled with rides, shows, attractions, sporting elements and a fully integrated resort hotel. “It will be a water park unlike anything you have seen anywhere in the world,” says Don Potts, Qiddiya’s President of Parks & Attractions.
In addition, the destination will feature a ‘speed park’ with race circuits, showrooms, retail, a driver’s club and luxury hotel. The motorsports venue will apparently place equal emphasis on spectator and driver. Partners for this and the water park will be revealed at a later date.