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Riyadh- The Saudi kingdom’s General Authority for Entertainment officially announced a four-year project to launch the Kingdom’s first entertainment theme park.

Mr. Ahmed Bin Aqeel Al Khatib, the kingdom’s royal advisor for the Authority for Entertainment, revealed that the anticipated theme park will compete with worldwide class entertainment parks.

According to Mr. Khatib the process for drafting the theme park’s blue prints had begun, in addition to the initial phases of site locating. The theme park will allow for small and medium-sized enterprises to find investment opportunities.

Speaking in a press conference following the recent live show by iLuminate, a world famous entertainment company with state-of-the-art technology and electrifying entertainers who perform in the dark, in Riyadh, Mr. Khatib confirmed that the national committee for entertainment is part and parcel of the Kingdom’s 2030 vision.

The kingdom’s vision aspires to double local GDP. Moreover, the entertainment committee’s agenda for 2016 was released; it features 266 entertainment programs scheduled in 14 Saudi cities during a period of three months. The world-class programs are managed by international companies together with the Entertainment Authority.

Mr. Khatib added that Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s visit to the U.S. had resulted in the signing of major entertainment companies, such as ‘Six Flags.’

The projects signed with the American Six Flags include creating a number of theme parks across the Kingdom.

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.3 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 55 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions.

“We are honored to have this opportunity to bring Six Flags to Saudi Arabia,” said John Duffey, President and CEO of Six Flags.

“We look forward to supporting Saudi Arabia’s efforts to expand tourism by creating new world-class entertainment destinations in the Kingdom.”