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Saudi Arabia to build entertainment city in Riyadh

  • Published at 12:40 pm April 9th, 2017
  • Last updated at 01:01 pm April 9th, 2017
Saudi Arabia to build entertainment city in Riyadh
Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans for an entertainment city on the edge of Riyadh which will be 50 times the size of Gibraltar once complete. The 334 sq km (129 sq mile) attraction - about the same as Las Vegas - will offer cultural, sporting and entertainment activities - including a Six Flags park and a safari park. The kingdom’s Public Investment Fund will be the main investor in the project, which will break ground in 2018 and open in 2022, according to a statement by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The announcement boasts it will be the first of its kind in the world. The construction will begin early next year and the first stage finished by 2022. It forms part of a wider master plan. Vision 2030, announced by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman a year ago, aims to diversify the economy and reduce the kingdom's reliance on oil, through a series of projects. The entertainment city - about a fifth of the area of Riyadh in size - is the latest to be announced. Authorities say the hope is it will not only attract visitors but "achieve a healthy and harmonious life, and provide more entertainment, joy and fun" for those who live in the capital. However, it is unclear how something like a Six Flags will work in a country where women and men are largely segregated. Up until now, theme parks in Saudi Arabia have been largely aimed at children.
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