Saudi Arabia has announced plans to convert an oil rig into a 150,000-square-meter “radical park” and resort located in the Persian Gulf.

The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia has revealed its plans for The Rig, a tourist project for a resort hotel on an oil platform, located in the middle of the Persian Gulf.

The attraction will cover an area of more than 150 thousand square meters and promises to provide a different experience in terms of hospitality, with extreme adventures and participation in water sports. It's all part of the entity's strategy to further strengthen the country's international offer of entertainment and tourism.

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The Resort will be a unique tourist attraction, aimed at attracting tourists from all over the world and, at the same time, being especially popular with citizens and residents of countries in the region, according to PIF's official press release. The property will feature a number of tourist attractions, including three hotels, world-class restaurants, helipads and a variety of adventure activities, including extreme sports.

According to the project's website, this will not just be a theme resort, but "a radical park, an entirely new adventure playground." The project is part of an effort to diversify the economy away from oil.

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According to a press release, The Rig will be an oil-themed "extreme park", spanning a total area of over 150,000 square meters that will host extreme sports, with helipads and a "variety of adventure activities". Other international tourist sites have also announced that attractions such as roller coaster rides, bungee jumping and skydiving are on the agenda. The complex will also have three hotels, with more than 800 rooms, and 11 restaurants, including one that offers “underwater dining”.

Despite still being under development, the project, according to the official release, is already being promoted as the “largest multifunctional offshore structure in the world”, aiming to add value to the local economy and support “Saudi Arabia’s efforts to become a leading global tourist destination”.

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The country has a strategic framework, known as Saudi Vision 2030, which is part of efforts to reduce Saudi Arabia's dependence on oil and diversify the economy. It produces about 12,402,761 barrels of oil per day, representing more than 16 percent of the world's total oil reserves. Oil currently commits 30 to 40% of real GDP, but there are plans to generate revenue by developing public service sectors, including tourism.

So much attention to an attraction that is still in the plans seems to already have results for other ventures with the same objective. Government schemes to develop theme parks such as the Six Flags complex in Al-Qidiya, southwest of Riyadh, and to build dozens of hotels and 1,300 residential units along the Red Sea coast are part of an attempt to attract 100 million tourists a year. year, something that is expected to be achieved by the end of this decade.

The project seeks environmental protection in the area, keeping in line with global best practices and in support of Saudi Arabia's efforts to preserve the environment. To ensure the sustainable preservation of the environment in the vicinity of the project, it will follow the main global standards and best practices.

The Rig is in line with PIF's 2021-2025 strategy to drive innovation in Saudi Arabia's tourism and entertainment sectors, providing promising development opportunities to achieve economic diversification in line with Saudi Vision objectives. 2030

To support the country's efforts to become a leading global tourist destination, PIF has established several major projects and companies in various regions of the country, including the Red Sea Development Company, Alsoudah Development Company and Cruise Saudi Company.

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There is no exact date for the opening of the resort, but the tourism boosted by the country already makes the visitor end up rediscovering existing options. Here we have selected three of them that are considered as a complement to a possible trip when The Rig opens.

The first tip couldn't be any other. Al Ula is the most popular destination in Saudi Arabia. The area in the northwest of the kingdom is dotted with golden rock formations, lush citrus farms, and the remains of several ancient kingdoms. The most famous ruins, Mada'in Saleh, contain clusters of 2,000-year-old Nabatean tombs. It is compared to Petra, Jordan, without the embarrassment of facing crowds.

Next up is Riyadh, a beige-tinged urban sprawl but with plenty of cultural sites to explore, from the bustling traditional markets of Taíba and Souq Al Zal to the recently renovated historic area of Diriyah, ancestral home of the ruling Al Saud family. Enjoy and stop in Riyadh just to see “Edge of the World”, the name of the high plateau two hours from the city that is a favorite weekend hiking spot for residents. The views stretch endlessly in all directions and the silence is considered awe-inspiring.

Finally, we have the Al Ahsa oasis, excellent for exploring the kingdom's culture, which is so varied from one region to another. It is in the east and can be reached with a quick train or flight ride from Riyadh to the urban center of the area, called Hofuf. It is used as a base to explore places like Al Qarrah caves, which are cool in summer.

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