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Saudi Arabia unveils plans for ‘entertainment city’ near Riyadh

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Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans for an entertainment city on the edge of Riyadh which will be 50 times the size of Gibraltar once complete.

The 334 sq km (129 sq mile) attraction will offer cultural, sporting and entertainment activities – including a Six Flags park and a safari park.

The announcement boasts it will be the first of its kind in the world, with building to begin early next year and the first stage finished by 2022.

It forms part of a wider master plan.

Vision 2030, announced by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman a year ago, aims to diversify the economy and reduce the kingdom’s reliance on oil, through a series of projects.

The entertainment city – about a fifth of the area of Riyadh in size – is the latest to be announced.

Authorities say the hope is it will not only attract visitors but “achieve a healthy and harmonious life, and provide more entertainment, joy and fun” for those who live in the capital.

However, it is unclear how something like a Six Flags will work in a country where women and men are largely segregated. Up until now, theme parks in Saudi Arabia have been largely aimed at children.

BBC



10 Comments on "Saudi Arabia unveils plans for ‘entertainment city’ near Riyadh"

  1. onlooker on Sat, 8th Apr 2017 11:53 am 

    I suppose they can call it barter town, like in the Mad Max movies cause that may be all most of them have once the fountain of oil runs dry. And maybe not even that

  2. Midnight Oil on Sat, 8th Apr 2017 12:02 pm 

    Where’s the red light district to buy 20 vestel virgins? Are they cheaper by the dozen?

  3. Cloggie on Sat, 8th Apr 2017 12:48 pm 

    Entertainment, in Salafist-country?

    Bowling? What does Mohamed, peace be upon him, have to say about bowling? Darts? Camel races?

  4. Sissyfuss on Sat, 8th Apr 2017 1:37 pm 

    The strippers burquas will cover only 3/4s of their ankles. Scandalous!

  5. rockman on Sat, 8th Apr 2017 2:27 pm 

    …an entertainment city on the edge of Riyadh which will be 50 times the size of Gibraltar once complete.” Damn! And we all know what a hot party town Gibraltar is…makes Las Vegas look like the Vatican. LOL.

  6. ________________________________________ on Sat, 8th Apr 2017 10:10 pm 

    Please Ares let the nukes fly. Way past due.

  7. Anonymouse on Sun, 9th Apr 2017 1:49 am 

    Wouldnt a 330 sq km city in the middle of a water-stressed desert cost, I dont know….a lot to build? As in money, and resources too, like….water…..

    Leaving that aside for a moment, do the ‘sauds’ not have a bit of a money problem atm? Fronting multiple wars for washingdum and tel aviv, and, voluntarily(?) taking a bath on their primary (ok only) export, so washingdum and tel aviv (again), can try to cripple Russia, Iran and other oil exporters they happen to not like?

    Taking all that into account, one cant help wonder if the ‘sauds’ dont have their priorities a little bass-ackwards. But honestly, its hard to give a shit over the sauds foolishness anymore. If white elephants like this ‘theme park city’ help to nudge the saud regime over the edge in some small, or large way, then, I say, give them all the encouragement and deficit financing they want.

  8. q on Sun, 9th Apr 2017 4:09 am 

    Surely there will be Mickey Mouses driving camels and veiled mermaids there. But these Saudi crooks are entertaining enough now, I doubt there is need to build more scary theme parks in desert.

  9. deadlykillerbeaz on Sun, 9th Apr 2017 6:35 am 

    Bread and Circus in Saudi Arabia?

    When do the lions and hyenas devour the women and children?

  10. newfie on Sun, 9th Apr 2017 5:26 pm 

    Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman is a half baked idiot. Who in their right mind would fly to the Kingdom for entertainment ? ROTFLMAO.

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