Largest Six Flags theme park in the world to open in Qiddiya

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Updated 27 August 2019

Largest Six Flags theme park in the world to open in Qiddiya

  • Five hotels will open in Qiddiya with different themes and price ranges in a broad spectrum to accommodate all guests

QIDDIYA: World-renowned theme park group Six Flags will open its doors in Qiddiya in early 2023.
With 28 attractions, 12 roller coasters and 6 themed areas covering 79 acres of land, it is set to attract up to 15,000 visitors on a daily basis.
It is the largest investment made in a Six Flags park anywhere in the world, but Qiddiya CEO Michael Reininger did not specify the number.  
In a press conference on Monday, the president of Six Flags International, David McKillips, unveiled the park’s initial plans, including sneak peaks at the attractions.
The park, which is inspired by Arabian heritage and culture, is set to open in early 2023. Early construction on the site is already underway.
Of the 12 roller coasters announced, the Falcon’s Flight ride is already drawing attention for being the most “extreme” roller coaster in the world. Inspired by the Arabian falcon, it is expected to be the longest, tallest and fastest roller coaster of its kind.
Ticket prices have not been announced, but there will be day, season and annual passes that will offer price points and different ranges.  
Inspiration from other desert theme parks, including Six Flags Texas, is being used to counter the extreme weather conditions the Qiddiya site may encounter.

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• With 28 attractions, 12 roller coasters and 6 themed areas covering 79 acres of land, the park is set to attract up to 15,000 visitors on a daily basis.

• Of the 12 roller coasters announced, the Falcon’s Flight ride is already drawing attention for being the most ‘extreme’ roller coaster in the world.

“A strategy has been developed to operate 365 days a year, providing shade and using technologies like water misters to make the weather bearable,” said McKillips.
More importantly there are many things to do indoors to escape the heat, as when the evening comes the weather changes dramatically. During the summer months, operating days will be moved later during the day and well into the night, with a combination of strategies to fight the heat.  
As for the economic benefit, Six Flags will generate 800 full-time jobs and will fit into the expected 17,000 jobs which will be provided with the full opening of Qiddiya.
“Saudi Arabia is a terrific place for Six Flags, as two-thirds of the audience is under 35 years old. There is no better market than Riyadh. It’s better to be in the forefront and to have our brand in Saudi Arabia,” said McKillips.
Five hotels will open in Qiddiya with different themes and price ranges in a broad spectrum to accommodate all guests. The brands of the hotels have not been picked yet, as they are still in the middle of the selection process, but sometime before the end of the year the partners will be announced, added Reininger.


Organizers promise ‘exceptional’ Saudi National Day celebrations

Updated 16 September 2019

Organizers promise ‘exceptional’ Saudi National Day celebrations

  • We are keen to have the largest international events to create an exceptional season, says GEA CEO Amr Banaja

RIYADH: Fireworks, concerts, festivals and international performances will be among the highlights of the 89th Saudi National Day celebrations this year.

The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has announced a season of record-breaking events for the annual celebration.

At a press conference in Riyadh on Sunday, GEA CEO Amr Banaja said that Saudi citizens and residents can enjoy a number of entertainment activities planned across 13 regions of the Kingdom as part of the National Day season being supervised by the GEA from Sept. 19 to 23.

“The GEA is proud to oversee the Saudi National Day Season activities by launching a unified identity that brings together the society under “Himma Hatta El-Qimmah,” Banaja said, inspired by the words of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: “The Saudis’ strength is like that of the Tuwaiq mountain.”

The GEA was proud to be overseeing the occasion, Banaja said. “We are keen to have the largest international events to create an exceptional season befitting this dear country,” he said.

“This year fireworks celebrations will continue for several days where more than 700,000 shots will be fired at an altitude of up to 300 meters, accompanied by music,” he said.

Celebrations will be held in all regions during the season, and visitors will be able to enjoy a range of activities that reflected the unity of the nation and the cohesion of the people and leadership.

“Distinctive international shows designed especially for the National Day will be held in Riyadh from Sept. 21-23,” he said.

Fireworks will light up Jeddah over Al-Hamra Corniche accompanied by sound and light effects and laser shows.

At the five-day Dhahran Exhibition in Dammam starting on Sept. 19, the world’s largest theatrical producer “Cirque du Soleil” will present a specially designed show for Saudi National Day.

Forty artists will present 14 shows of acrobatics, sports, music, and dance. Eight concerts will also be held in a number of regions where, besides international stars, Saudi and Gulf artists will present patriotic songs.

The concerts will begin on the first day of the season on Sept. 19 at Al-Jouf University Stadium in Sakaka with performances by Khaled Abdulrahman and Nabil Shuail.

The next day, a concert will be held at King Khalid Sport City in Tabuk staged by artists Abdullah Al-Rowaished and Aseel Abu Bakr.

On Sept. 21, Majid Al-Mohandes and Dalia Mubarak will perform at Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Musaed Stadium in Hail.

On Sept. 22, two concerts will be performed at King Abdullah Sports City in Buraidah by artists Rashid Al-Majid and Balqees Fathi; the second at Prince Sultan Cultural Center in Jazan by “The Artist of Arabs” Mohammed Abdo and Turki.

On Saudi National Day (Sept. 23), three concerts will be held in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam.

Thousands will gather at King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh to listen to singers Hussein Al-Jasmi and Abadi Al-Jawhar.

In Jeddah, Rabeh Saqr and the artist Waad will perform at King Abdullah Sports City, while in Dammam, and in the Green Halls in Riyadh, Kuwaiti singer Nawal and the artist Ayed will entertain the audience.

Five forums will take place in five cities, where a number of speakers will present inspirational events.

Forums will be held in Madinah and Tabuk on Sept. 19, while in Abha and Buraidah the forum will be held on Sept. 21 and in Hail on Sept. 23.

Banaja said that the GEA had created 150 smartphone apps for the National Day celebrations with 40,000 downloaded so far.

He thanked the security authorities for their efforts to make the season a success, and all government, private and nonprofit sectors for their contribution.

The programs were mostly free, he said, though there were some concerts for which tickets could be purchased online.

There will also be a major aero show in Riyadh, Jeddah and the Eastern Province, and a Saudi falcon show will be organized in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar.