Family travelers, there’s a new attraction coming to Saudi Arabia, as it prepares to welcome the country’s first and the region’s largest water theme park, currently under development at Qiddiya, the future Capital of Entertainment, Sports and Culture. Qiddiya will sit outside the capital of Riyadh. Falcon’s Creative Group is behind the park’s master plan.
The master plan will feature unprecedented themed and immersive water attractions, spanning more than 252,000 square meters and 22 rides and attractions — nine of them world firsts! Open year-round, it will be the only water theme park offering a mix of dry and wet attractions and will serve as a state-of-the-art, competition-level facility for water sports lovers, with first-ever surfing and white-water rafting experiences, and 17 food, beverage and retail outlets.
“Qiddiya Water Theme Park will be unlike any other existing water park, with environments that take guests to amazing locations and an atmosphere that enables them to truly escape,” said Cecil D. Magpuri, CEO, Falcon’s Beyond. “We are honored to bring not only deep development experience, including past projects in Dubai, but also industry-leading technology prowess to create an entertainment experience that is truly game-changing. This is also an exciting and unique opportunity for us to participate in the ongoing transformation in Saudi Arabia and to set a new benchmark in water theme parks and family entertainment for others to follow.”
Nine different zones will be found throughout the park: Entry Gate, Camel Rock, Dub Grotto, Wave Wadi, Den, Viper Canyon, Arabian Peak, Herding Grounds and Surf Lagoon — all inspired by native animals surrounding Qiddiya. Each area’s rides will reflect the characteristics of the creature for which it is named.
The park will also meet Qiddiya’s sustainability initiatives with innovations like transferring water from one body to the next and prioritizing recycling over waste. The park will be built to use 75 percent less water compared to other similar enterprises.
“By delivering an entirely new type of immersive entertainment experience, the Qiddiya Water Park will change the way we think about water parks,” said Scott Demerau, executive chairman, Falcon’s Beyond. “Moreover, we believe our sustainability approach to its development will set a new standard for future parks, benefitting the world around us.”
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