Credit: Public Investment Fund

Saudi Arabia has announced plans to create a massive new theme park on an oil rig, dubbed ‘The Rig’. It’s part of their 2030 strategy to change the country into a major tourist attraction that rivals Dubai.

Middle Eastern developers are being backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund in order to convert an oil rig into a 1.6 million-square-foot resort.

‘The Rig’ will offer up three hotels that provide guests with up to 800 rooms and 11 restaurants. One of those hotels will be an ultra-luxury hotel complete with a helicopter arrival pad and a superyacht marina. Those who are not super wealthy will be able to reach the rig via ferry or cruise.

Credit: Public Investment Fund

Several roller coasters are planned as well as waterslides, submarine adventures, diving, bungee jumping, and even sky diving.

The developers are calling this the “world’s first tourism destination inspired by offshore oil platforms,” which, yeah alright, is probably true. There’s even an option for visitors to learn how to use the oil machinery. Because someone wants to do that on holiday? Not here to judge.

If you like your holidays with less work and more leisure, the developers promise that they will “provide a multitude of hospitality offerings, adventures, and aquatic sporting experiences.”

They want to attract anyone and everyone to this park. This is all part of the Public Investment Fund’s strategy to “drive innovation in Saudi Arabia’s tourism and entertainment sectors, providing promising development opportunities to achieve economic diversification in line with the Saudi Vision 2030 objectives.”

The Rig project will also follow global environmental standards to preserve a sustainable practice.

When this Rig is coming, we don’t know, as no completion date has been given but it will likely be sooner rather than later. Saudi Arabia does hope to welcome 100 million tourists each year by the close of this decade.

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