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Plans Announced For World's Longest, Tallest And Fastest Rollercoaster

Plans Announced For World's Longest, Tallest And Fastest Rollercoaster

Plans have been announced for the world's longest, tallest and fastest rollercoaster at a new theme park being built in Saudi Arabia.

The Falcon's Flight will be the star attraction at the Qiddiya theme park, which is being built by US theme park operator Six Flags, 40km from the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

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The company unveiled plans for the theme park at a ceremony in the city on Monday. They also shared an illustrative video which reveals that the ride will be comprised of four carriages and 16 seats.

At its peak speed, the rollercoaster will beat the current record of 150mph set by the Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi by 5mph, according to the Daily Mail.

As well as reaching skin-flapping speeds, the ride also has a covered section and a couple of very sheer drops. Riders will also be treated to stunning views of the theme park's rocky surroundings - though they may not be able to appreciate the scenery with hair/sick in their eyes.

Michael Reininger, chief executive officer of Qiddiya Investment Company, said the theme park's goal is to 'create indelible memories and moments of delight'.

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The theme park is due to open to the public in 2023. Credit: Qiddiya
The theme park is due to open to the public in 2023. Credit: Qiddiya

According to the Saudi Gazette, he said: "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."

Qiddiya is being built across 79 acres and will feature a total of 28 rides and attractions across six different subsections: 'The City of Thrills', 'Discovery Springs', 'Steam Town', 'Twilight Gardens', 'Valley of Fortune' and 'Grand Exposition'.

David McKillips, president of Six Flags, said when the theme park opens in 2023, it will be steeped in 'rich culture and history'.

Riders will be treated to stunning views - though they may not be in the right state to appreciate them. Credit: Qiddiya
Riders will be treated to stunning views - though they may not be in the right state to appreciate them. Credit: Qiddiya

According to the Saudi Gazette, he said: "The Six Flags brand began in 1961 when we opened as our first park, Six Flags Over Texas, which was themed according to the six flags that once flew over Texas.

"At Six Flags Qiddiya, we return to that heritage by creating six immersive lands designed for Saudis of all ages who seek family entertainment experiences steeped in their rich culture and history.

"We are thrilled to be part of a project of such scale and scope and are proud to celebrate this milestone with Qiddiya."

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Qiddiya

Topics: World News

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

 

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