Saudi Arabia launches multi-billion dollar entertainment resort
Qiddiya, about an hour’s drive from Riyadh, is being built on a 334 sq km site, making it two and a half times the size of Disney World.
It will include a Six Flags theme park, water parks, motor sports, cultural events, and vacation homes.
A spokesman said Qiddiya expects to attract 1.5 million visitors annually when the first phase opens in 2022.
King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman attended the lavish launch ceremony, which featured a live orchestra, fireworks and a vocal performance praising both leaders.
“Today, we invite investors, creators, and operators from around the world to explore what a one-of-a-kind project like Qiddiya has to offer,” CEO Michael Reininger told government officials, foreign dignitaries and businessmen gathered in a temporary open-air auditorium.