Saudi Arabia to build “entertainment city”

It may seem to be something of a contradiction in terms but Saudi Arabia is to build the country’s (and perhaps the world’s) largest entertainment, cultural and sports city at Al Qidiya, southwest of the capital, Riyadh.

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, who is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, made the announcement on April 8. He claimed it would be the largest such city in the world and would cover an overall area of 334 square kms, which will also host a safari park.

Prince Mohammad added that this city will become a prominent cultural landmark and an important centre for meeting the recreational, cultural and social needs of the future generations in the kingdom, according to report from the Saudi Press Agency.

SPA said that the USA’s Six Flags theme park operator would be involved in the project.

Building will start in 2018 and Phase 1 would open in 2022.

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