Saudi Arabia has announced plans to convert an oil rig located in the Arabian Gulf into a 150,000 square meter theme park and resort called “The Rig”.
Financed by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, the extreme park – as they called it –will be comprised of roller coaster rides, zip lines, and waterslides, submarine adventures and more sports like diving and bungee jumping, as well as three hotels with 800 rooms and 11 restaurants, spread over a number of connected platforms. For luxury travelers it will be possible to arrive by helicopter, as well as by superyacht, thanks to a marina with 50 berths.
The attraction aims to "provide a multitude of hospitality offerings, adventures, and aquatic sporting experiences”. The plan is part of the long-term Saudi Vision 2030’s strategy, which has the objective to diversify its economy also repositioning the kingdom as a major international tourism destination.