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Star Trek attraction for $1bn resort in Jordan

Red Sea Astrarium to boast first Star Trek attraction outside US

Jordan explores the final frontier ... a Star Trek centre will be the highlight of a new $1bn resort at Aqaba.
Jordan explores the final frontier ... a Star Trek centre will be the highlight of a new $1bn resort at Aqaba.

Rubicon Group Holding (RGH), in conjunction with CBS Consumer Products and Paramount, will design and produce a Star Trek-themed centre at the Red Sea Astrarium (TRSA), a 184-acre themed entertainment resort to be built in Aqaba, Jordan.

This marks the iconic property’s first themed entertainment venue outside the US. The resort is expected to be completed by 2014.

The announcement was made by RGH CEO Randa S. Ayoubi at the Jordanian-American Business Forum, under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, in a special signing ceremony attended by business leaders from Jordan and the US.

The themed entertainment destination will serve as a model for green energy, incorporating state-of-the-art renewable technologies throughout the facility.

It will also host a 'future' pavilion where businesses, students and attendees can learn about alternative energy sources ranging from solar and wind energy to grey-water harvesting.

The project, described as a milestone in the development of tourism in Jordan, will provide a progressive and entertaining celebration of the region’s culture and heritage.

Architectural firm Callison has been engaged to work with RGH and its team of visionaries, including Paramount Recreation and CBS, to master-plan the resort. “TRSA will be a destination showcase in an extraordinary part of Jordan,” said Ayoubi.

“At its core, Star Trek is about bringing worlds together and about a profound hope for the future,” said Liz Kalodner, executive vice president and general manager of CBS Consumer Products.

“We are proud to bring such a unique, interactive Star Trek property to this part of the world to be a part of Jordan’s future.”

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