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Saudi Arabia has announced plans to launch a more than 150,000 square meter water park dubbed “The Rig,” according to a press release from the country’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) on Oct. 16.
Park is inspired by offshore oil platforms
The park is inspired by offshore oil rigs and will feature a number of tourist attractions, including three hotels, world-class restaurants, helipads, and a range of adventure activities, including extreme sports.
A video from PIF showed that the park will also have berths for up to 50 yachts, 800 rooms, and will include a wave pool, slides, roller coasters, bungee jumping, a Ferris wheel and a track. racing, among others.
#PIF announces “THE RIG”. Project.
First tourist destination in the world inspired by offshore oil platforms.
– Public investment fund (@PIF_en) October 16, 2021
Besides, CNN said the park will have three hotels and 11 restaurants spread across a number of connected platforms.
The park will be located in the “Arabian Gulf” (Persian Gulf) although the specific location has not been specified, with transport available by ferry, yacht, cruise or helicopter, according to the park’s website.
Media of the United Arab Emirates The National reported that Saudi authorities have not yet clarified whether the park will be built from scratch or adapted from an existing oil rig.
Part of Saudi Arabia’s drive to become a top tourist destination
The press release adds that the park is part of Saudi Arabia’s drive to become a “leading global tourist destination.”
It is also part of the country’s Vision 2030 initiative to achieve economic diversification, as well as PIF’s own strategy from 2021 to 2025 to spur innovation in the tourism and entertainment sectors in Saudi Arabia.
Emphasizing the importance of the project, PIF added:
“‘The Rig’ is a project in the tourism and entertainment sector, one of PIF’s key strategic sectors, and is expected to bring significant added value to the local economy.
This project is a unique tourist attraction, which is expected to attract tourists from all over the world, while being particularly popular with citizens and residents of GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries in the region. “
The park will also follow “leading global standards and best practices” to ensure sustainable protection of the environment in the vicinity of the park.
CNN further reported that news of “The Rig” came following another announcement that Saudi Arabia is planning to build an amusement park under the Six Flags company, as part of a new city outside the country’s capital, Riyadh.
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