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First look: Stunning desert site for Saudi Arabia's Qiddiya entertainment city

First look: Stunning desert site for Saudi Arabia's Qiddiya entertainment city

Qiddiya, Saudi Arabia, Gigaprojects

A breathtaking collection of landscape photographs has revealed the desert site upon which the Six Flags theme park in Saudi Arabia will be built.

The theme park is part of the kingdom’s 34km² Qiddiya gigaproject that will become Saudi’s capital of entertainment, sport and art. 

It will not only support jobs and economic growth by enticing tourist to the country, but help stem some of the $30bn Saudis spend abroad on tourism every year.

The Qiddiya gigaproject – a construction project with a gross development value of more than $10bn – is backed financially by the country’s Public Investment Fund and the first of three phases could be done by 2023.

It is one of several gigaprojects that has the support of HRH Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. Others include the Red Sea Project and super-city Neom.

The masterplan for Qiddiya was designed in conjunction with Danish firm Bjarke Ingles Group.  

It will house theme parks, water-based activities, sports arenas, race tracks, nature and environment experiences and an array of historical, cultural and educational activities.

In August, Qiddiya Investment Company unveiled the design for Six Flags Qiddiya. The park will have 28 rides and attractions across six lands: The City of Thrills, Discovery Springs, Steam Town, Twilight Gardens, Valley of Fortune and Grand Exposition.

The pictures of Qiddiya's site were shared with Commercial Interior Design's sister title, Construction Week.

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