Not sure if this counts as a good news for theme park and thrill rides enthusiasts because, this new theme park is not in the stateside or any traditional touristy countries for that matter. Six Flags is making its foray into Saudi Arabia. The theme park operator has, with Qiddiya Investment Company, unveiled Six Flags Qiddiya, the first theme park for the Middle East kingdom.
Six Flags Qiddiya will be located in a new city outside of Riyadh which is tipped to become the kingdom’s capital of entertainment, sports and the arts. So, yeah, it is the first-ever theme park for Saudi Arabia and it is raising the eyebrows since the announcement. Not because where it is going to be located, mind you; it is because, it is going to be home of some record-breaking rides – that’s if between now and its scheduled completion in 2023, no other theme parks come with other record breakers to break its proposed record-breaking rides.
Anywho, the highlight is clearly the Falcon’s Flight, a roller coaster with design inspired by the kingdom’s iconic raptor. Falcon’s Flight, when completed, will become the longest, tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world. And then there’s the Sirocco Tower will be the world’s tallest drop-tower ride. Qiddiya has posted a concept video of the Falcon’s Flight which you can have a look here:
Breaking News! Six Flags #Qiddiya, Saudi’s first theme park, will feature several record-breaking rides. Hold onto your seats tight and experience the longest, tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world, “Falcon’s Flight”!#QiddiyaSoMuchMore— Qiddiya – القدية (@qiddiya) August 26, 2019
Well, it sure does look like an euthanizing ride, doesn’t it? However, it is worthy to note that the claims on the Falcon’s Flight are not backed by any number. Whatever the numbers may be, it will have to do more than 240 km/h (149 mph) in swift 4.9 seconds to claim the title as the world’s fastest roller coaster from the current record holder, the Formula Rossa at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.
And it have to be longer than 8,133 feet and taller than 456 feet to bag the accolade of the longest and tallest. The former is apparently held by Steel Dragon 2000 in the park Nagashima Spa Land in Japan while the latter is currently claimed by Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.
We noted that the concept video projected that Falcon’s Flight tops out at 250 km/h (155 mph), but that’s just a concept video and so… anywho, if you are interested, you can read in depth of what the Middle East Kingdom’s upcoming first-ever theme park has offer HERE.