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The Rig - A roller coaster on an offshore oil rig?


Hyper Poster
Most of these Saudi projects are completly nuts but this one really isnt that bad. Saudi Arabia want to build a cruise market, "Cruise Saudi" probably just bought a pretty decent ship for it, the World Dream. For cruises to work they need destinations. All the major cruise lines have built their own private resorts on islands in the Caribbean. Royal Caribbean even built their own massive waterpark on their Island.


I think this oil rig is just a larger version of one of these islands. Meant to provide cruise passengers and yachters with yet another incentive to cruise and visit Saudi Arabia. Quite a smart idea in my opinion. Unlike most other projects I think this one can be financially justified and even become profitable. Something that Six Flags park maybe wont ever be.


Giga Poster
Can you believe this pish is still alive and kicking? The government put out another round of press material with a somewhat more grounded design;
The Oil Park Development Company (OPDC), a closed joint stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), and developer of THE RIG. unveiled today the ambitious vision for adventure tourism with the launch of THE RIG. Masterplan, set to redefine the tourism landscape, according to a press release from the OPDC.

This is in line with PIF’s strategy and objectives laid down in Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030, seeking to drive tourism sector growth, create employment opportunities for local talent, attract investment, and diversify the economy.

THE RIG. CEO Raed Bakhrji said that the hospitality and adventure experience will "span a gross floor area of over 300,000 square meters, located 40km from the coastline, near Al Juraid Island and Berri Oil Field in the Arabian Gulf", and that "THE RIG. is expected to attract over 900,000 annual visitors by 2032, appealing to a wide range of domestic, regional, and international audiences, including adrenaline seekers, explorers, balanced holiday makers, and relaxation seekers".

According to Bakhrji, the range of hospitality, leisure, entertainment, and accommodation options provided by THE RIG. includes three hotels totaling 800 rooms, 11 restaurants, an extreme sports and adventure park, a world-class marina, and helipads.

THE RIG. will feature a wide variety of water activities, including a diving center, an amusement park, a splash park, an E-sports center, an immersive theater and a multi-purpose arena.

He said that THE RIG. takes inspiration from offshore oil platforms, thus celebrating Saudi Arabia's oil and gas legacy, and "creating an exceptional and unique experience" that makes it "a must-visit destination".

In terms of some stills there be these;

Closer look at the thrill and waterpark in their current forms. Look I'm just going to say it, if manufacturers ultimately attach themselves to this project they will almost guaranteed be Intamin and WhiteWater West. These are the ones more open to cooking up crazy ****, these are the ones that are consistently taking these sky-high contracts in the Middle East. There be a Slidewheel from the latter depicted here as well;