Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Aqaba's $1.5 billion theme-park resort to break ground


(By Kate Carlisle) Aqaba, May 28 - The High
Commissioner of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority
(ASEZA), Dr. Kamel Mahadin, announced work on the first
theme-park tourist destination in Jordan is ready to begin.
A ceremony, held under the patronage of the Prime Minister
of Jordan, Abdalla Ensour, presented the layout for land
development, architectural and engineering plans for what Kamel
says is the "first entertainment resort of its kind in the
Details of the $1.5 billion, 184-acre themed entertainment
resort were brought to life in an unconventional manner via a
purpose-built cyclorama with 360-degree virtual reality
projection, designed to give delegates attending the World
Economic Forum in Jordan a taste of the Red Sea Astrarium
The showcase highlighted how the Red Sea Astrarium (TRSA)
will become a diverse leisure destination that is themed around
entertainment attractions drawing from the past, the present and
the future of the region. The resort will also host the American
Museum of Natural History's Silk Road Exhibition in its Hijazi
Kamel said that "home-grown and break-through technology"
will be behind two attractions that will catapult Jordan to the
forefront of interactive experiences, "including a global first
for 4D inverted simulation that is different on every ride".
The announcement at the ground-breaking ceremony also
underlined the project's mandate for job creation, the
contribution it will have towards tourism in Jordan and its use
of clean energy sources.
"A major goal in the design of the Red Sea Astrarium is to
actively engage the local communities through training with
on-site hospitality academies, job creation, encouraging
tourists to stay longer and come back," Kamel enthused.
The entertainment resort will transform the Aqaba region
and make it a high-end tourism hub for Jordan.
It will do so "while telling stories from our regional
culture, integrating alternative energy sources and promoting
the development of the entertainment industry in Jordan," Kamel
Other details announced included four-world-class hotels,
an expansive retail and dining district, a theatre that will
bring globally renowned shows to Aqaba, a 4D cinema, an
exhilarating water park and an entertainment district that
includes 16 entertainment attractions, 15 designed by Rubicon
Group Holding, an international group founded and head quartered
in Jordan, and the 16th attraction based on Star Trek, the
CBS-owned property designed by Paramount Pictures.
Some of the RGH designed attractions include:
Wonders! - an innovative i-Ride that enable guests to
visit the various crowning achievements of ancient human
ingenuity and design around the world, in the time of their
Cradle of Inspiration - A fantastical journey through
space and time, which explores the nature of creativity and
inspiration, aboard a first-of-its-kind ride system.
Adventure Center - Guests can train for extreme adventures
like sky diving, rock climbing, scuba diving, or even piloting a
Aqaba's ASEZA, a burgeoning multi-sector development
zone, is located on the Red Sea and just a stone's throw away
from some of the region's most famous tourist sites.

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