New Middle East venture announced
A Six Flags branded attraction is due to open in Qatar by 2012 following the signing of a deal between the US park group and Oryx Holdings.
A combination of theme park and waterpark, it will be located on the ground floor of Qatar Entertainment City (QEC) a mixed-use development in the city of Lusail. Under the binding agreement, Six Flags will provide concept development and planning services to Oryx Holdings for the creation of a 50,000 square metre attraction. Once this initial phase is finalised, the two parties will collaborate on the detailed design, development, construction and management of the branded location.
“Six Flags brings 47 years of theme park industry experience and a world renowned entertainment brand to QEC,” announced Oryx Holdings vice- chairman and managing director Assam Shaikh at a signing ceremony in December. “The partnership will help further establish and push Qatar’s initiatives for family tourism, attracting investments as well as keeping in line with its growing economy. For the implementation, Qatari resources will be sought in all elements of the project as and when available.”
Six Flags has already announced plans to open a park as part of Dubailand, and is also believed to be exploring opportunities in China.