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International Expansion Continues with Six Flags-Branded Park in Saudi Arabia


April 04, 2018

International Expansion Continues with Six Flags-Branded Park in Saudi Arabia

New Park Slated for 2022 Debut Will Be Part of Qiddiya, the Kingdom’s New Entertainment Destination

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX), the world’s largest regional theme park company, and the Public Investment Fund (PIF), Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, today announced plans to develop a Six Flags-branded theme park in the city of Riyadh. Six Flags has entered into an arrangement with the PIF to develop, design and license the Six Flags brand for Qiddiya—Saudi Arabia’s first entertainment, sports and cultural destination—which is expected to open in 2022.


“Innovation is synonymous with the Six Flags brand, and our international licensing business provides a unique opportunity to continue our strong global growth,” said David McKillips, President of Six Flags International Development Company. “We see great potential in the Saudi Arabian market and look forward to collaborating with the PIF to create a world-class entertainment destination for Saudi’s young and dynamic population.”


Located 40km from downtown Riyadh, Qiddiya will provide an unprecedented leisure option for the seven million plus residents of the Saudi capital.


The Public Investment Fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia said, “The entertainment sector has an important role to play in the transformation of Saudi Arabia’s economy. The Six Flags-branded theme park in Riyadh and other similar developments will create new employment opportunities and harness the talent, energy and imagination of Saudi youth. Our investment in this sector is in line with our mission and delivers on a key element of Vision 2030.”


Michael Reininger, Chief Executive of Qiddiya, commented, “Our goal is to create an exciting one-of-a-kind destination that will draw visitors from throughout Saudi Arabia to experience record-breaking roller coasters, innovative rides and attractions, as well as the sporting and cultural facilities that Qiddiya will offer. By partnering with a global leader, we know that we are going to deliver something exceptional.”


Terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.


About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.4 billion in revenue and 20 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 57 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling waterparks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.

Follow us on Twitter @SixFlags

Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/sixflags


About the Public Investment Fund:

The Public Investment Fund (PIF) seeks to become one of the largest and most impactful sovereign wealth funds in the world, enabling the creation of new sectors and opportunities that will shape the future global economy, while driving the economic transformation of Saudi Arabia.


To achieve this, the PIF is building a world-class, diversified portfolio through investments in attractive, long-term opportunities across sectors and asset classes at both the domestic and international level. Working alongside global strategic partners and renowned investment managers, the PIF acts as the Kingdom’s main investment arm to deliver a strategy focused on achieving attractive financial returns and long-term value for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in line with Vision 2030.


About Qiddiya

The vision of Qiddiya is to be the iconic entertainment destination of the Kingdom, the home of activity, discovery and engagement. Backed by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, Qiddiya will be built 40km from downtown Riyadh. Visitors will have access to ground breaking recreational and educational facilities across six innovatively designed clusters: Theme Parks; Wheels and Wings; Scenic and Animal Encounters; Water and Snow; Sports; Events, Culture and Education. Groundbreaking will be in 2018, and the first phase of the development will be launched in 2022.



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Six Flags Qiddiya unveils park design

Qiddiya CEO Michael Reininger, Chief of Staff Faisal Almoither, and David McKillips from Six Flags reveal the design of Six Flags Qiddiya with all the fun, thrills and attractions to come at Saudi Arabia’s first theme park. — Courtesy photo

Saudi Gazette report

 Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) on Monday unveiled the design for Six Flags Qiddiya, one of the key entertainment facilities in a new city that is being built just outside Riyadh, and is destined to become the Kingdom’s capital of entertainment, sports and the arts.

“Our vision is to make Six Flags Qiddiya a theme park that delivers all the thrills and excitement that audiences from all over the world have come to expect from the Six Flags brand, and to elevate those experiences with authentic themes connected to the location. As a place that will create indelible memories and moments of delight, telling stories that resonate with our guests is a central notion that will be evident throughout Qiddiya,” said Michael Reininger, Chief Executive Officer of QIC.

Six Flags Qiddiya will be one of the key entertainment features in Qiddiya’s first phase when it opens in 2023. The rides and attractions found in each land have been designed exclusively for Qiddiya and include many that will set world records.

“The Six Flags brand began in 1961 when we opened as our first park, Six Flags Over Texas, which was themed according to the six flags that once flew over Texas. At Six Flags Qiddiya, we return to that heritage by creating six immersive lands designed for Saudis of all ages who seek family entertainment experiences steeped in their rich culture and history. We are thrilled to be part of a project of such scale and scope and are proud to celebrate this milestone with Qiddiya,” said David McKillips, president of Six Flags International Development Company.

Six Flags Qiddiya will cover 32 hectares (79 acres) and feature 28 rides and attractions across the six lands: The City of Thrills, Discovery Springs, Steam Town, Twilight Gardens, Valley of Fortune and Grand Exposition.

The Citadel is the central hub of the park. It is covered by a billowing canopy form inspired by traditional Bedouin tents. It holds a variety of shops and cafes and transforms into an interactive show space throughout the day. From here guests can pass through gateways to enter each of the themed lands.

The City of Thrills is the embodiment of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030: a forward-looking, boundary-pushing, future city anchored in Arabic design motifs. Here visitors will find Six Flags Qiddiya’s most recognizable and anticipated thrill rides. The Falcon’s Flight, inspired by the Kingdom’s iconic raptor, will be the longest, tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world, while the Sirocco Tower will break more records with the world’s tallest drop-tower ride.

Discovery Springs reflects Qiddiya’s unique and timeless relationship between the desert and the sea as its collection of rides and experiences play with elements of earth and water. It is an aquatic wonderland of waterfalls, aqueducts and geysers, as well as exotic plants and trees. This oasis offers visitors relief from the summer heat by creating the feel of a dense rainforest in the middle of the desert. Visitors to Discovery Springs will discover a first-of-its-kind interactive ride called the Sea Stallion, where riders are propelled over rivers, behind waterfalls and through trees along a custom-designed course, as they control the speed and acceleration of their horse.

Steam Town is where the past and future collide in a rugged frontier town that is powered by steam and echoes with screams. Themed around mechanical marvels and a collection of dynamic contraptions, the land’s signature ride is the Iron Rattler Mine Train. On this ride the best elements of a roller coaster are linked with a dark ride to create a hydraulic lift which releases passengers into a freefall plunge through a narrow, steam-filled mineshaft. Other key features of Steam Town include the Sawmill Falls Water Coaster which combines a roller coaster track with a splashing boat ride, a spinning mechanical ride called the Bull Rider and a custom-themed climbing structure called the Treehouse Trek.

Twilight Gardens is an oversized landscape of the imagination filled with colorful flowers and friendly creatures, all specially designed for younger visitors and their families. This enchanted land’s key features include the Twilight Express Coaster, which takes passengers through a majestic garden, the Critter Chase, an interactive dark ride set in a 3D environment, and the Kaleidoscope hot air balloon ride.

Valley of Fortune is an exciting land of adventure that takes place amidst time-worn architectural ruins of old Arabian masonry, enlivened by the activity and trade of fortune seekers from around the world. This land’s signature attraction is Spitfire, a triple-launch coaster, which will take guests into a sky roll before an acrobatic stall and a breathtaking dive back to the valley floor. Other features of Valley of Fortune include Skywatch, a hydraulic boom ride where riders are lifted into the sky, the auto-themed Treasure Trail and the Aeromax, a family plane ride that swings and rotates freely over the park.

Grand Exposition is a celebration of innovation combining the nostalgia of traditional carnival midways with the greatest feats of science and technology such as the Gyrospin Pendulum, which swings riders to record heights. It is also home to Six Flags’ classic and most loved coaster Colossus, a gravity-driven wood-steel hybrid roller coaster that stretches over an 800-metre track. The land also features the Arabian Carousel, where Arabian horses march in a circular parade, the Expo Flyer swinging ride and Automania, with bumper car attractions themed as London cabs.

With an incredible mix of rides and attractions throughout six unique lands, Six Flags Qiddiya is set to become the theme park that breaks all records for family fun and entertainment in the Kingdom.


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2 hours ago, Six Flags FUN! said:

One question is where is Looney Tunes and DC Comics IPs will added for the park?

They might not be able to license those IPs or will choose an IP that appeals to the locals more.  In China, the Six Flags parks are using the Garfield IP for the kids areas.


I am guessing the world’s tallest, fastest, longest roller coaster and world’s tallest drop tower are a package deal with Intamin.


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New Park President Named for Six Flags Qiddiya Theme Park in Saudi Arabia

November 07, 2019


Industry Veteran Brian Machamer to Lead Development and Operations


Brian Machamer Park President for Six Flags Qiddiya (Photo: Business Wire)


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE:SIX), the world’s largest regional theme park company, and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, today announced that Brian Machamer has been named Park President of Six Flags Qiddiya. The first Six Flags-branded theme park in the Kingdom will be the centerpiece of Qiddiya, Saudi Arabia’s capital of entertainment, sports and the arts, now under construction 40km from the capital city of Riyadh.


This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: http:// https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20191107005231/en/


Mr. Machamer is a respected and proven industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience, having overseen multiple international theme park developments at a senior leadership level in regions such as Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and Malaysia.


“I am thrilled to welcome Brian to the Six Flags International team to lead one of the most ambitious theme park and entertainment projects on the planet,” said Six Flags International Development President David McKillips. “Brian’s extensive development and park operational experience will be invaluable as we move forward to create a world-class global destination.”


“This is the opportunity of a lifetime and I am excited to join this impressive team to help introduce Six Flags’ signature brand of thrills to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Mr. Machamer. “The Six Flags name is synonymous with innovation at the highest level and Six Flags Qiddiya will be a game changer in the region,” added Machamer.


Mr. Machamer began his career with Universal Studios Florida in 1990 where he spent over ten years, serving in various operational roles as he moved up the ranks. As Park President of Six Flags Qiddiya, he will be responsible for all aspects of the park, including strategic planning, budgeting, and operations.


Six Flags Qiddiya will be one of the key assets to be unveiled as part of the first phase of Qiddiya, which is being built to provide fun and professional opportunities to the Saudi population. It will cover 32 hectares (79 acres) and feature 28 uniquely themed rides and attractions across six lands: The City of Thrills, Discovery Springs, Steam Town, Twilight Gardens, Valley of Fortune and Grand Exposition. The park will also boast a number of record-breaking roller coasters including The Falcon’s Flight, the longest, tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world. Six Flags Qiddiya is scheduled to open in 2023.


About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation


Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, with $1.5 billion in revenue and 26 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 58 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling waterparks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com


Follow us on Twitter @SixFlags

Like us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/sixflags


About Qiddiya Investment Company:


Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) is driving the development of Qiddiya, Saudi Arabia’s Capital of Entertainment, Sports and the Arts.


As a core tenet of Vision 2030, Qiddiya has a dual economic and social purpose: to advance economic diversification and unlock new professional pathways while enriching lives of youth in the Kingdom.


His Royal Highness Mohammad bin Salman, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs and of the Public Investment Fund (PIF), announced the project on April 7, 2017. Ground-Breaking took place on April 28, 2018 and the company, Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC), was incorporated as a closed joint-stock company wholly owned by PIF on May 10, 2018.


2019 achievements include approval of the Master Plan, release of the design of Six Flags Qiddiya, start of phase one construction, including the first on-site office, as well as the launch of the on-site Welcome Centre, one of 3 buildings that will form the Qiddiya Experience Centre, due for launch in 2020.


Qiddiya is located south-west of Riyadh on a site that spans 334 sq.km. Phase one is to open in 2023, with the third and final phase being complete in 2030.


Visitors will enjoy activities across five cornerstones: Sports & Wellness; Nature & Environment; Parks & Attractions; Motion & Mobility; and Arts & Culture. Development of these areas will give rise to family-friendly theme parks; sports arenas suitable for international competitions; academies for sports and the arts; concert and entertainment venues; racetracks for motorsport enthusiasts; outdoor and adventure activities alongside nature and environment experiences; and historical, cultural and educational activities. Qiddiya will also include a variety of real estate options and community services.


Twitter: @Qiddiya
Website: http://qiddiya.com
LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/company/qiddiya-investment-company


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Falcon's Flight will be 656 feet tall.



Don Potts, President of Parks and Attractions at Qiddiya, gave Blooloop an exclusive update on the project and a preview of its new video footage.


On Wednesday 14 October, Don Potts gave blooloop V-Expo attendees an exclusive update on Qiddiya, one of Saudi Arabia’s four main giga-projects being developed in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.


Qiddiya is located close to Riyadh and covers an area of 334 square kilometres. It aims to become Saudi Arabia’s leading entertainment destination as well as the largest entertainment city in the world.


Six Flags Qiddiya

Unlike other Six Flags parks, theming will be a big part of the new location at Qiddiya, focussing on Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage.


“We are really going to pay homage to Six Flag’s cultural heritage,” says Potts. “We are creating, with our partners, the most unbelievable Six Flags park in the world. It is the most heavily themed, and the largest. It has attractions that have never been done. It is going to be a spectacular destination.


“The design teams have incorporated the 13 regions of Saudi Arabia, which are very unique and eclectic, into the six lands at Six Flags Qiddiya. All the theming by land is very unique. It is an 80-acre park with 29 rides.


“Falcon’s Flight will be Six Flags most recognisable and anticipated thrill ride. It is the fastest, highest and tallest coaster ever built. It incorporates our natural environment, it goes 200 metres up the side of a cliff, makes a little loop on the top and then comes straight down. Not just with gravity, but accelerating down. It is going to be not for the faint of heart! But Saudi’s are very adrenaline focused.”


“We also have Sirocco Tower, the tallest drop tower in the world. We have a Sea Stallion, which is an interactive ride that is propelled over rivers and behind waterfalls. We have Spitfire, a triple launch coaster. And then the Iron Rattler Mine Train which has a unique twist to it.”



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