Six Flags Dubai

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Six Flags Dubai
Location Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Owner DXB Entertainments
Opened 2019 (scheduled)
Area 5,000,000 square feet (460,000 m2)

Six Flags Dubai is a theme park being built in United Arab Emirates by Meraas Leisure and Entertainment under a licensing agreement with Six Flags. The park was scheduled to open in November 2011, but Six Flags terminated the agreement in 2010 after Tatweer failed to make a payment owed to Six Flags.[1] It was later revived and is scheduled to open in 2019 near Lapita Hotel and Riverland Dubai at Dubai Parks and Resorts.

History[edit]

In March 2008, Dubai Holdings, Inc. and Six Flags announced a corporate marketing alliance that would allow Tatweer, a member of Dubai Holdings, Inc., to lease the exclusive right to the Six Flags brand name in the Dubailand Development of the United Arab Emirates. According to Six Flags, this was to be the largest Six Flags to be developed outside of the United States, and the first of several products outside of the Middle East. The park was to feature thrill rides and live entertainment featuring Tony Hawk. Groundbreaking was set to begin in early 2009. Unlike other Six Flags theme parks (including Six Flags America), this one was not going to have a Looney Tunes theme in its park or any other Warner Bros. characters because Warner Bros. was planning on opening its own theme park in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Six Flags Dubailand was going to be the first park to be built and opened as a Six Flags since Six Flags Over Mid-America (now Six Flags St. Louis) opened in 1971.

In 2010, owing to financial difficulties, Tatweer failed to make a payment due to Six Flags under the license agreement, breaching their contract, and Six Flags terminated the agreement.[1]

On April 10, 2014, Six Flags announced a new, separate partnership with Meraas Leisure and Entertainment to build a Six Flags-branded theme park in Jebel Ali with a scheduled launch date in late 2017.[2]

On March 27, 2016, it was reported that the Six Flags Dubai theme park will be in the second phase of Dubai Parks and Resorts and is expected to open in the fourth-quarter of 2019.[3]

On July 3, 2016 before the opening of Dubai Parks and Resorts in October, construction began on Six Flags Dubai and is expected to have 27 rides and attractions.[4]

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