Truly Unexpected: Saudi Arabia Building an Oil Rig-Themed Amusement Park

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Saudi Arabia is making waves once again, and just days after announcing its latest megaproject, it has unveiled The Rig...

The Rig is, in fact, the latest adventure resort inspired by oil platforms, offering a unique approach to seaside vacations. Developed by the Oil Park Development Company (OPDC), owned by the affluent Public Investment Fund (PIF) fund, The Rig sprawls across a gross area of over 300,000 square meters. Situated 40 km off the coast near the Al Juraid and Berri oil fields in the Arabian Gulf, it features luxurious accommodations in three hotels with a total of 800 rooms, catering to those seeking a relaxed, upscale getaway.

Food connoisseurs can indulge in 11 restaurants offering gourmet cuisine. The Rig is a paradise for adventurers and thrill-seekers, with extreme sports and an adventure park as the main attractions. Other activities include a diving center, amusement park, fountain park, e-sports center, interactive theater, and multipurpose arena. From skateboarding, bungee jumping, to climbing a large climbing wall or enjoying a panoramic view, The Rig aims to attract over 900,000 visitors annually by 2032.

It will also boast a world-class marina with 50 berths and a helipad to welcome guests from the air and sea. According to Arab News, Raed Bakhrji, the CEO of The Rig, stated: "The Rig is expected to attract over 900,000 visitors annually by 2032, drawing a wide range of domestic, regional, and international guests, including adrenaline junkies, explorers, leisure enthusiasts, and relaxation lovers." The Rig will adhere to standards and practices aligned with the environmental conservation goals of the Vision 2030 program. PIF explained: "This project is a unique tourist attraction, expected to draw tourists from around the world, while being particularly popular among citizens and residents of GCC countries in the region."

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