Star Trek Park Theme Park in Jordan Will be Fit for a King

Posted Aug 2nd 2011 09:45 AMUpdated Aug 2nd 2011 10:42 AM

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Star Trek is getting a theme park. Just don't look for it in the United States. Jordan's King Abdullah II is getting into the theme park business in the nerdiest way possible – by investing in a $1.5 billion Star Trek theme park on the Gulf of Aqaba.

The National reports that the King, a well-known Trekkie, has partnered with Middle Eastern and American investors to create the Red Sea Astrarium, which will feature a massive "space-flight adventure" ride based 2009's "Star Trek" film reboot.

The park will likely feature some Trekless attractions as well. Rubicon Group Holdings, the company that will oversee the park, has rights to the "Pink Panther" and several popular Arabic-language animated characters.

King Abdullah II has recently been in the news discussing potential political reforms that could arise out of the Arab Spring movement, but this has apparently not kept him away from the politics of the Federation. This is nothing new: The King actually had a non-speaking role on Star Trek in the '90s. He's the one in green.



The massive park is set to be built near Aqaba, where the borders of Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel almost touch, a spot that is somewhat difficult to get to, so it would be unsurprising if the park's construction led to the creation of more tourist-friendly infrastructure.

Aqaba is currently a fairly quiet place, but it has the makings of a resort town. The beaches are beautiful, the diving off the coast is excellent, and it is only a day away from the ancient city of Petra, which makes the announcement of the Astrarium good news for both indoor and outdoor kids.

And unlike China's Joyland ripoff of Blizzard game World of Warcraft, the Star Trek theme park in Jordan is to be fully licensed.

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Hanin Fakh Williams

Hello!
Just a small modification on what I am reading: it is not a Star Trek theme park. The Red Sea Astrarium will have a Star Trek area - but the rest of the park is actually dedicated to Ancient History.
Looking forward to having you all visit!

August 03 2011 at 5:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hanin Fakh Williams

Hi!
Just wanted to let you know that the theme park called : the Red Sea Astrarium has only a small part of it dedicated to Star Trek.
The rest of the park is actually dedicated to ancient history.

August 03 2011 at 5:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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