Saudi Arabia Announces Six Flags Qiddiya with Plans for the World’s ‘Longest, Tallest and Fastest Roller Coaster’

Saudi Arabia has unveiled the official park design for Six Flags Qiddiya, a family-oriented theme park currently under construction just outside of Riyadh.

The announcement, along with a website for the future park, said that Six Flags Qiddiya will feature “a number of record-breaking roller coasters, unique thrill experiences, incredible live shows and more arranged into 6 unique lands.”

A park rendering of Six Flags Qiddiya.

A park rendering of Six Flags Qiddiya.

Opening in 2023, the park will feature 28 rides and attractions designed thematically to fit within six unique lands: The City of Thrills, Discovery Springs, Steam Town, Twilight Gardens, Valley of Fortune and Grand Exposition. The park will span 79 acres, according to reports.

The Citadel will serve as the park’s central hub, covered by a canopy form inspired by traditional Bedouin tents. The Citadel will offer a variety of shops and cafes, and will be an interactive show space throughout the day. Guests will travel through the Citadel to gateways to enter each land.

The “Falcon’s Flight” roller coaster will be “the longest, tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world;” and the “Sirocco Tower” will boast “the world’s tallest drop-tower ride,” theme park organizers say.

“Our vision is to make Six Flags Qiddiya a theme park that delivers all the thrills and excitement that audiences from all over the world have come to expect from the Six Flags brand, and to elevate those experiences with authentic themes connected to the location. As a place that will create indelible memories and moments of delight, telling stories that resonate with our guests is a central notion that will be evident throughout Qiddiya,” said Michael Reininger, CEO of Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC).

Renderings available on the new website for Qiddiya show a theme park with futuristic rides with traditional Arabic style.

Six Flags Qiddiya will be located in the Qiddiya destination-resort community about 40 minutes from Riyadh.