Saudi’s building a Las Vegas sized entertainment city near Riyadh

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Saudi Arabia has announced plans to build an entertainment city almost as big as Las Vegas in the capital of Riyadh. The 334 square km (129 square mile) city will offer cultural, entertainment and sporting activities. It will also host a safari park and a Six Flags theme park.

The kingdom’s Public Investment Fund will be the main investor in the project, which is set to begin early next year and the first stage is expected to be finished by 2022.

“This city will become, by God’s will, a prominent cultural landmark and an important centre for meeting the future generation’s recreational, cultural and social needs in the kingdom,” deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud said

The entertainment city is being built as part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 reform programme, which aims to reduce the gulf state’s dependence on oil.

Last year, Six Flags chief executive Jim Reid-Anderson said the company aimed to build three parks in Saudi Arabia, with each costing between $300m and $500m (£232 and 388m). (Source credit – The Independent)


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