Six Flags announces Dubai theme park project (yes, again)
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation today announced that it has a deal with Meraas Leisure and Entertainment, a development company in the United Arab Emirates, to bring a Six Flags theme park to Dubai
Scheduled for completion in late 2017, the Six Flags Dubai would be part of a Meraas-backed multi-park development in Jebel Ali.
If any of this sounds familiar to you, it should. This isn't the first time that Six Flags has announced plans for a theme park in Dubai. In 2008, the chain announced plans for a park, to be built by another company, Tatweer. Six Flags later that year also announced plans for a park in Qatar, with the same development partner.
Both those plans died in the 2008 global economic meltdown, along with plans for Dubai theme parks from Universal, SeaWorld/Busch Gardens, Legoland, and others. Still, before the crash, designers created some impressive concept work, and developers broke ground on at least one of the parks.
The Goddard Group has some artwork on Facebook of the proposed Six Flags park. It looks nice, much better then a regular Six Flags park but it's not a high end theme park that you expect the rich in the world would care to visit.
Choosing Six Flags showed they didn't do their homework from the start. It will either not get off the ground or it'll be a complete failure if built.
As a former Dallas resident (original Six Flags is my old home park) and current Dubai resident this is good news, but I won't hold my breath. The Universal Studios park here only got as far as the entrance sign and is literally a "sandbox" park, a la Roller Coaster Tycoon.
Rob: When international parks get involved, budgets are usually a little more flexible than here in the US. Because the countries's usually help pay for alot of labor costs, companies have more financial freedom in making themed concepts like what you'd find at Disney or Universal parks. You can find lots of highly immersive rides in lesser known parks like Movie World Germany or Warner Bros. Movie park in Australia.
James: Yes, I was aware of that. Regardless, I still stand by my opinion. Of course, it is just an opinion.
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