Six Flags Dubai
Six Flags Dubai concept.jpg
Artist rendering of Six Flags Dubai
LocationDubai, United Arab Emirates
StatusCancelled
OwnerDXB Entertainments
Operated bySix Flags
Area5,000,000 square feet (460,000 m2)
Attractions
Total27
Roller coasters6
Water rides1

Six Flags Dubai was a planned theme park under development for multiple years in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The park was being developed by DXB Entertainments, under license from Six Flags. The park was scheduled to open in November 2011, but Six Flags terminated the agreement in 2010 after Tatweer failed to make a payment owed to Six Flags.[1] It was later revived and scheduled to open in 2019 near Lapita Hotel and Riverland Dubai at Dubai Parks and Resorts.[2] It was to be divided into six themed sections, and contain 27 different attractions, including six roller coasters.[3] On April 25, 2019, DXB Entertainments issued a statement that the project had been cancelled.[4]

Areas

Six Flags Dubai was to be laid out in six different areas, much like the original concepts of Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Over Georgia, and Six Flags St. Louis, the three original parks built by the company. Six Flags Dubai's themed areas were to be based on other Six Flags theme parks in the United States that were acquired from other companies. [5]

Thrillseeker Plaza

The main area of the park, with pathways leading to the five other areas.

Magic Mountain

Themed after Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California.

Fiesta Texas

Themed after Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, Texas.

Great Escape

Themed after Great Escape in Queensbury, New York.

Great Adventure

Themed after Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey.

Great America

Themed after Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois.

History

Original development (2008-2010)

In March 2008, Dubai Holdings, Inc. and Six Flags announced a corporate marketing alliance that would allow Tatweer, a member of Dubai Holdings, Inc., to lease the exclusive right to the Six Flags brand name in the Dubailand Development of the United Arab Emirates. According to Six Flags, the park (then dubbed "Six Flags Dubailand") was to be the largest Six Flags to be developed outside of the United States, as well as the first built by the company since Six Flags St. Louis in 1971. It was also to be the first of several products outside of the Middle East. The park was to feature thrill rides and live entertainment featuring Tony Hawk, which was a prominent license at Six Flags theme parks at the time. Groundbreaking was originally set to begin in early 2009.

In 2010, owing to financial difficulties, Tatweer failed to make due payment to Six Flags under their license agreement, breaching its contract. Six Flags then terminated the agreement, temporarily cancelling the project.[1]

Project revival (2014-2019)

On April 10, 2014, Six Flags announced a new, separate partnership with Meraas Leisure and Entertainment to build a Six Flags-branded theme park in Jebel Ali with a scheduled launch date in late 2017.[6]

On March 27, 2016, it was reported that the Six Flags Dubai theme park was to be in the second phase of Dubai Parks and Resorts and was expected to open in the third quarter of 2019.[7]

On July 3, 2016, before the opening of Dubai Parks and Resorts in October, construction began on Six Flags Dubai and was expected to have 27 rides and attractions. On October 24, 2018, it was announced that the future of the Six Flags Dubai project was "uncertain", following major losses at DXB Entertainments.[8] On November 7, Six Flags issued a statement that management was reviewing the situation, and suggested that the park may be delayed past its original 2019 opening date.[9][10]

On April 25, 2019, the project was cancelled.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b "Six Flags 2010 Annual Report". p. 8. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
  2. ^ "About the Park". Six Flags.
  3. ^ "Dubai Parks and Resorts: Construction of Six Flags theme park takes off". Emirates 24/7. 2016-07-03.
  4. ^ a b "Plans cancelled for Dhs2.6bn Six Flags Dubai theme park project". Gulf Business. April 25, 2019. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  5. ^ Sampson, Hannah (2018-10-24). "Dubai Parks and Resorts: Construction of Six Flags theme park takes off". emirates247.
  6. ^ "Six Flags-Branded Theme Park to Open in Dubai" (Press release). Grand Prairie, Texas: Six Flags. Retrieved 2014-04-10.
  7. ^ Barnard, Lucy (2016-03-27). "Dubai Parks & Resorts presses ahead with Six Flags theme park". The National. UAE.
  8. ^ Sampson, Hannah (2018-10-24). "Six Flags' Future in Dubai Is Now Uncertain". Skift.
  9. ^ Anderson, Robert (2018-11-06). "Dubai Parks and Resorts may push back opening of Dhs2.6bn Six Flags theme park". Gulf Business.
  10. ^ Mander, Michael (2018-11-07). "DXB Entertainment announces Six Flags Dubai review". blooloop.