Saudi Arabia unveils plans for Falcon’s Flight, the world’s fastest, longest, and tallest rollercoaster to be located at Six Flags Qiddiya near Riyadh.
The rollercoaster aims to break world records with a speed of 250kmph and a drop of 640 feet.
The project aligns with Saudi Arabia’s vision 2030 to transform the Kingdom into a premier global tourist destination.
The Vision 2030 Initiative
To reduce its oil dependency, Saudi Arabia opened its doors to international tourists for the first time in September 2019. The ambitious Vision 2030 strategy aims to diversify the Kingdom’s economy and attract 27 million domestic and foreign tourists.
As part of this initiative, the country has invested heavily in various megaprojects, including the Six Flags Qiddiya theme park.
An Entertainment Hub
Scheduled to open in October 2024, the Six Flags Qiddiya is one of the most ambitious developments in Saudi Arabia. It promises to break all family fun and entertainment records, spread over six themed lands with a range of record-breaking rides.
The park is being developed near Riyadh by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia. Apart from the theme park, the megaproject includes sports arenas, motorsport race tracks, and other attractions.
Unveiling the Falcon’s Flight
The Falcon’s Flight rollercoaster is the signature attraction at Six Flags Qiddiya. It was unveiled by global rollercoaster specialist, designer, and manufacturer Intamin at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida.
This rollercoaster promises to be a game-changer in the theme park industry with its impressive features:
- World’s tallest rollercoaster: 195m
- World’s fastest rollercoaster: 250kmph
- World’s longest rollercoaster: 4.25km
These statistics are set to make Falcon’s Flight one of the most anticipated rides in theme park history.
The current holder of the title of the world’s tallest rollercoaster is Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. However, Falcon’s Flight, with its 195m height, is projected to eclipse this record.
Also, the world’s fastest rollercoaster is Formula Rossa at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, with a top speed of around 240 kmph. With its estimated top speed of 250 kmph, Falcon’s Flight is also expected to take this title.
Lastly, the world’s longest rollercoaster is the Steel Dragon 2000 in Japan’s Nagashima Spa Land, with a track length of over 8,100 feet. With its track length of approximately 4.25km, Falcon’s Flight is set to surpass this record.
A Word from the CEO
Philippe Gas, Qiddiya’s CEO, expressed his excitement about Falcon’s Flight, stating, “Rollercoaster fans worldwide have been eagerly anticipating this ride since it was announced as there is nothing quite like it anywhere else.”
He also revealed that the ride won’t be for the fainthearted, as it weaves around the destination, out of the theme park, up the cliffside, and down the cliff face.
The Future of Tourism in Saudi Arabia
This ambitious undertaking is part of Saudi Arabia’s plan to become a premier global tourist destination. The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 includes attracting many tourists, and projects like Six Flags Qiddiya and Falcon’s Flight play a critical role in achieving this goal.
A Top Tourist Destination
Falcon’s Flight at Six Flags Qiddiya is set to be a groundbreaking attraction in theme parks. Its impressive features and record-breaking stats will likely draw tourists and rollercoaster enthusiasts worldwide.
With such ambitious projects, Saudi Arabia is well on its way to becoming a top tourist destination while diversifying its economy under the Vision 2030 initiative.