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Six Flags Entertainment inks Saudi theme park deal

The plan would see Six Flags Entertainment Corp bring roller coasters and bumper cars to the Kingdom, according to reports

Six Flags Entertainment has inked a Saudi theme park deal. [Illustrative image]
Six Flags Entertainment has inked a Saudi theme park deal. [Illustrative image]

Six Flags Entertainment Corp has revealed plans to expand into Saudi Arabia, its chief executive told Saudi-owned Arabiya TV.

The plan would see the US theme park company bring roller coasters and bumper cars to the Kingdom, Arabian Business reported.

John Duffey, CEO, Six Flags Entertainment Corp, was quoted as saying: "We're very honoured to be provided with an opportunity to enter into a partnership to bring Six Flags to the Kingdom... our parks can provide the entertainment to which Saudis aspire."

He spoke following a meeting with Saudi deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is visiting the US to promote a reform plan to wean the Kingdom away from oil revenue.

No details were revealed in relation to the terms of the partnership.

It is unclear whether the theme park company will tailor its rides, which include water slides, to the social codes of the Kingdom where public spaces are gender segregated and patrolled by state-sponsored Islamic morality enforcers.

Abu Dhabi and Dubai are encouraging the implementation of theme parks in a bid to boost tourism as oil prices slum. 

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