Saudi Public Investment Fund signs agreement with Six Flags to create amusement park in Riyadh

Updated 05 April 2018

Saudi Public Investment Fund signs agreement with Six Flags to create amusement park in Riyadh

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) has signed an agreement with Six Flags to develop and design an amusement park in Riyadh.
Six Flags, the world’s leading international amusement park company, will develop and design the park in Qiddiya, the country's first entertainment, sports and cultural destination set to open in 2022.
The development is part of Saudi Arabia's vision to promote culture and entertainment and attract local and international investors to the sector.
Commenting on the agreement, the Public Investment Fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, said: “Qiddiya, a key project within the Kingdom’s entertainment sector, will play an important role in the development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s economy and the realization of the ambitions of Vision 2030. The first Six Flags-branded
amusement park in the Kingdom forms another part of the development of the sector which will help to create jobs and opportunities for Saudi young people,”
For his part, Chief Executive of Qiddiya, Michael Reininger said that “By partnering with a global leader in this sector, we know that we are going to deliver something exceptional that will enrich the daily lives of those living here. With nearly two thirds of the Saudi population under the age of 35, there is a huge appetite
in the Kingdom for amusement parks such as this one, as well as the other sporting and cultural facilities that Qiddiya will offer.”
On the agreement, David McKillips, President of Six Flags International Development Company has also commented saying that "Innovation is synonymous with our Six Flags brand, and our international licensing business provides a unique opportunity to continue our strong global growth. We see great potential in the Saudi Arabian market and look forward to collaborating with PIF to create a world-class entertainment destination for Saudi’s young and dynamic population.”


Worshippers flock to reopened Prophet’s Mosque for Friday prayers

Updated 06 June 2020

Worshippers flock to reopened Prophet’s Mosque for Friday prayers

MADINAH: Hundreds of thousands of worshippers attended the first Friday prayers to be held at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah since the gatherings were suspended to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

The green light for the resumption of the prayer meetings came as part of a plan to gradually reopen the Kingdom’s mosques while ensuring worshippers and visitors adhered to preventive measures.

A ban on access to the Rawdah remained in place and only groups of worshippers numbering up to a maximum of 40 percent of the mosque’s capacity were being allowed entry.

Precautionary measures also included the allocation of specific doors for the entry of worshippers, the installation of thermal cameras, removal of all carpets so that prayers could be performed on the marble, sanitization of the mosque’s floors and courtyards, periodic opening of domes and canopies to ventilate the mosque, and the removal of Zamzam water containers.

The Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah will be closed after evening prayers and reopened one hour before dawn prayers. Parking lots will operate at 50 percent capacity and a media awareness campaign has been launched to highlight safety procedures at the holy site.

Medical teams have also been stationed at the main entrances to the mosque in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.

Elsewhere in the Kingdom, worshippers also flocked to perform Friday prayers at mosques amid strict health measures.

On May 31, Saudi authorities reopened all mosques for prayers, except in Makkah, as part of the Kingdom’s plan for a gradual return to normal life.

Last week the minister of Islamic affairs, dawah and guidance said that the country’s mosques were ready to welcome back worshippers, following his field trips to check that necessary preparations had been made.

All worshippers must still maintain a distance of 2 meters between rows, wear masks to enter a mosque, and Friday sermons and prayers have been limited to a maximum of 15 minutes.