Saudi Focus

World-class leisure city on way for Riyadh

December 2017

Saudi Arabia is set to build one of the world’s mega cultural, sports and entertainment cities in Al Qiddiya, southwest of the capital Riyadh, which will boast modern recreational facilities including a safari and a Six Flags-theme park.

 Work on the multibillion-riyal project will start next year and its first phase will be opened to the public in 2022. The state-owned Public Investment Fund (PIF), which is the main investor, recently unveiled the park’s logo, reported the Saudi Gazette.

 The innovative logo reflects the geographical nature of Al Qiddiya, a scenic location 40 km southwest of the capital city. Inspired by the Tuwaiq mountains, the perpendicular lines in the logo reflect the potential of young Saudi men and women.

 It epitomises the project’s goal of developing an outstanding entertainment centre for Saudis,” said a senior official. It also aims to make Riyadh one of the best 100 cities in the world for living.

“The project will bring together a number of entertainment facilities that would support the kingdom’s Vision 2030,” the official said.

 Al Qiddiya will have six major components: the fun city, sports facilities, car and cycle race courses, water adventures and ice skating, natural attractions and cultural and heritage events. The US-based Six Flags announced in June that it had begun talks with the Saudi government to build theme parks as part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 efforts to expand its entertainment sector and diversify the economy. 

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