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Saudi Arabia to open first large-scale ocean park

The entertainment venues will include family entertainment centers, water parks, zoos and safari parks.

Saudi Arabia to open first large-scale ocean park
[Source photo: Chetan Jha/Fast Company Middle East]

Saudi Arabia will soon have its first large-scale ocean park, thanks to Hong Kong-listed Haichang Ocean Park.

In a Twitter post, the Ministry of Investment in Saudi Arabia announced that it signed a memorandum of understanding with Haichang. One of Asia’s largest ocean park operators, the firm owns six parks in Dalian, Yantai, Shanghai, Chongqing, and Sanya.   

According to the agreement, Haichang’s entertainment venues will be built across different Saudi cities and consist of family entertainment centers, water parks, zoos, and safari parks.  

“We are honored to be partnering with the Ministry of Investment on this first-of-its-kind landmark development strategy,” said Qu Cheng, executive director of Haichang Ocean Park. Cheng also said that the project would serve as an educational platform to promote awareness and the importance of ocean conservation. 

“We believe the families of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East will appreciate our unique offering, and we look forward to bringing this world-class experience to the KSA,” he added. 

The firm plans to partner with sovereign entities and the private sector to develop the attractions. The firm will also collaborate with local partners and stakeholders, including the Ministry of Investment and General Entertainment Authority, to identify suitable sites. 

The project aims to accelerate the kingdom’s goal of economic diversification by utilizing tourism and entertainment as growth drivers. It has a target of attracting 100 million visitors by 2030. 

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