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Six Flags announces plans for Dubai theme park
$1.1 billion company to boost regional tourism
April 13, 2014 12:37 by kippreport
Tourists are in for a roller coaster ride of excitement, as plans for a Six Flags theme park in Dubai were announced on Thursday, April 10. The park is due to open in Jebel Ali in late 2017 as part of the strategic partnership between Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and Meraas Leisure Entertainment.
The $1.1 billion theme park company, best known for its thrilling roller coaster rides and family entertainment, is one of the largest in the world and currently owns 18 parks across the US, Mexico and Canada. This will be Six Flag’s first development in the Middle East region.
“As part of our commitment towards creating one-of-a-kind experiences and contributing towards the Dubai Tourism Vision 2020, our association with Six Flags will help us develop a world-class destination that redefines the industry and positively impacts the regional tourism sector,” says Raed Al Nuaimi, chief leisure and entertainment officer of Meraas L&E, the entertainment arm of Meraas Holdings.
The company first announced plans to build in Dubailand in March 2008. The initial theme park was meant to be twice the size of Walt Disney World Resort. However, according to Arabian Business, the $91 billion project was put on hold during the global financial crisis.
This new development is expected to boost Dubai’s regional tourism sector, after it suffered this major economic blow.