Al-Qiddiya: A futuristic mega city


Saudi Gazette report

— The futuristic Al-Qiddiya project to be inaugurated by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman is designed to become an important entertainment, sports and cultural destination.

Located 40 km southwest of Riyadh, the project will have modern recreational facilities including a safari park and a Six Flags theme park.

The inauguration ceremony will mark the official launch of the project’s first phase of development planned to be completed in 2022.

Al-Qiddiya is also considered a qualitative investment initiative. The project will bring together a number of entertainment facilities that will support the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

Al-Qiddiya will contribute to Saudi Arabia’s diversification drive and boost national economic development.

It will create a large number of job opportunities for Saudi men and women.

Al-Qiddiya will have six major components: The fun city, sports facilities, car and cycle race courses, water adventures and ice games, natural attractions and cultural and heritage events.

Visitors to Al-Qiddiya will have a range of choices in entertainment, sporting and cultural activities in innovative design facilities.

These include entertainment centers and sports facilities capable of hosting world-class competitions and games, training, desert and asphalt tracks for car enthusiasts, water and snow recreation activities, outdoor adventure activities, safari experiences and nature attractions, as well as historical, cultural and educational activities.

The project will also include commercial centers, restaurants, cafes, hotels, real estate projects and services that meet the aspirations of all segments of society.

Al-Qiddiya’s logo has been inspired by the mountains of Tuwaiq, the unique mountainous area that overlook this expansive project.

The lines in the logo reflect the promising abilities of Saudi youth, while the vital range of colors shows that the project addresses all the different aspects of Saudi society with its different capacities and talents.

US-based Six Flags announced in June that it had begun talks with the Saudi government to build theme parks as part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 efforts to expand its entertainment sector and diversify the economy.

The project’s identity shows the region’s heritage and reflects the beauty and splendor of the place.

The project will recapture about $30 billion spent annually on tourism and entertainment outside the Kingdom.