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Star Trek meets the Red Sea in $1.5 billion theme resort

June 26, 2013 Attraction, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Plans have been revealed for a spectacular USD 1.5 billion leisure destination to be built in Jordan’s Aqaba.

Aqaba is Jordan’s only coastal city and is situated at the northeastern tip of the Red Sea. The largest city on the Gulf of Aqaba, it is located within sight of Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.250x250px

The theme resort project will include four-world-class hotels, a spacious retail and dining district, a theatre that will bring globally renowned shows to Aqaba, a 4D cinema, an exhilarating water park and an entertainment district that includes 16 attractions – 15  designed by Rubicon Group Holding, an international group founded and headquartered in Jordan, and the 16th attraction based on Star Trek, the CBS-owned property designed by Paramount Pictures.

The Red Sea Astrarium (TRSA) will become a diverse leisure destination that is themed around the entertainment attractions drawing from the past, the present and the future of the region. The resort will also host the American Museum of Natural History’s Silk Road Exhibition throughout its Hijazi Gardens.

The technology behind these attractions “is expected to catapult Jordan to the forefront for interactive experiences, including a global first for 4D inverted simulation”, according to a recent report.

The chief commissioner of Aqaba Special Economic Zone, Dr Kamel Mahadin, highlighted details of the resort that will make it the first of its kind in the world.

He said: “A major goal in the design of The Red Sea Astrarium is to actively engage the local communities through training with on-site hospitality academies, job creation, promoting the length of a tourist’s stay and encouraging repeat visitation.

“The entertainment resort will undeniably transform the Aqaba region and make it a high-end tourism hub for Jordan. It will do so whilst telling stories from our regional culture, integrating alternative energy sources and promoting the development of the entertainment industry in Jordan.”

Edited by : Peter Needham

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