The plans for a remarkably unique plaything situated in the Arabian Gulf and which offers 150,000 square-metres of unadulterated fun have been unveiled. Aptly named, the RIG draws inspiration from offshore oil platforms and is part of a Public Investment Fund (PIF) drive to boost Saudi Arabia’s status as an ideal tourist destination.
Think cult classics such as Waterworld and Mad Max with twice the chaos, ten times the fun and only a fraction of the danger. The RIG has been designed with the adrenaline fuelled junkie in mind and clubs together some of the most extreme sports, in what may just be the most precarious looking site. Bungee and base jumps, zip-lines, diving and kite surfing are just a few of the many extreme activities on offer at the RIG.
For obvious reasons, there are only two ways to arrive at the RIG: via sea and air. To accommodate this, the RIG has helipads and a 50 berth marina. When arriving to the site the silhouette on the horizon is exactly that, an offshore rig; however, it ditches all drilling and mechanical paraphernalia in favour of three stately hotels, which, combined, host 800 rooms, an unparalleled marina, world-class culinary delights with a choice of 11 restaurants that showcase the excellence of Arabian cuisine and which are located all over the RIG – and even under it, for those that fancy some underwater dining. It’s a truly unique tourist attraction, and the first of its kind.
It is estimated that the RIG will attract 650,000 tourists per year by 2030, and the site will offer many local and international investment opportunities in both public and private partnerships. The RIG will also provide numerous training and job opportunities.
The Saudi Arabian kingdom is driving trends to diversify the economy and to develop non-oil GDP growth and the RIG is just one juncture from PIF’s extensive roadmap. The RIG is multifaceted and offers tourists plenty of hospitality, adventure and aquatic sporting experiences.
It is estimated that the RIG will attract 650,000 tourists per year by 2030, and the site will offer many local and international investment opportunities with both public and private partnerships available. The RIG will also provide numerous training and job opportunities.
PIF has pledged that the project will have a minimal impact on the local environment and will be steadfast to its eco commitment. To ensure that this will be the case, the RIG will create an organisational framework that observes and respects global practice of sustainability and conservation.
Construction of the RIG will start during the second quarter of 2022.
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