Six Flags Entertainment Corp, the operator of theme parks and based in the United States, announced that it was partnering with Meraas Leisure and Entertainment based in Dubai to open a Six Flags Park in Dubai.
The theme park is schedule to open during the latter part of 2017. The park is to be located within the multi-themed park complex of Meraas’ in Jebel Ali, said the two companies in a prepared joint statement.
No financial terms of the arrangement have been released.
Chairman, CEO and President Jim Reid-Anderson of Six Flags said the company’s international strategy for expansion has been to always find the best partner in the best location and with Meraas and Dubai, Six Flags has done just that.
Reid-Anderson added that Six Flags was honored to be able to work with such a world-class group as Meraas in the first step taking the Six Flags brand to successful and growing markets around the world.
Six Flags, which had revenues last year of more than $1.1 billion, operates 18 theme parks in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Raed Al Nuaimi, the Chief Entertainment and Leisure Officer for Meraas said the group was delighted to be working with a world leader in theme park operators and with a brand such as Six Flags. Nuaimi said Meraas was confident that the presence of Six Flags would complement the project and enhance further the overall offerings in the multi-park entertainment and leisure space.
The new park will form a part of the new complex that will contain five theme parks that in November of 2012 was announced by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai.
The park complex includes one park focused on the Bollywood cinema in India, an adventure theme park featuring brands from Hollywood, a children’s park, night safari and Marine Park.
Dubai is preparing to welcome more than 20 million people by 2020 and is creating entertainment options throughout the city.
The complex will be over 1.5 million square feet in size in just the first stage. When complete it will be the world’s largest indoor-themed, temperature controlled entertainment destination and is expected to attract as many as 20,000 people daily.