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New offshore destination THE RIG. to promote tourism in Saudi Arabia

Article-New offshore destination THE RIG. to promote tourism in Saudi Arabia

Situated on an actual oil rig, The Rig. is one of the latest initiatives aimed at bolstering tourism in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced the launch of its new tourism project The Rig. in a recent statement. The leisure and tourism initiative is inspired by offshore oil platforms, the statement said.

Located in the Arabian Gulf, The Rig. will cover a total of 150,000 square meters across a series of connecting platforms built on an oil rig. Experiences at the tourism destination include hospitality, adventure, and aquatic sporting.

More specifically, it will include three hotels (with a total of 800 keys), along with 11 restaurants, helipads, and adventurous activities such as extreme sports. It will also feature a marina with 50 boat berths.

As an offshore tourism and entertainment initiative, The Rig. is expected to add value to the local economy while contributing to the preservation of the environment, the statement said.

Further details on the location of the project and its opening date are yet to be announced.

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The Rig. is aimed at boosting international entertainment and tourism in Saudi Arabia. This is in line with PIF’s strategy for 2021-2025 to promote innovation in these sectors, as well as economic diversification under Saudi Vision 2030, the statement noted.

It is also one of many other projects established by the PIF towards these goals, including the Red Sea Development Company, Alsoudah Development Company and the Cruise Saudi Company.

In June last year, the country’s Ministry of Tourism announced a USD 4 billion Tourism Development Fund, comprising equity and debt investment vehicles. The Fund aims to encourage investments and private-sector developments within tourism in Saudi Arabia.

It is also part of the first phase of the National Tourism Strategy, under which Saudi Arabia will develop 38 sites across seven destinations in the country by 2022.

The Ministry is looking to bring in tourism investments to the tune of USD 58 billion by 2023, and over USD 133 billion by 2030, tourism minister Ahmed Al Khateeb said earlier this year.

Meanwhile, the entertainment and leisure sector in Saudi Arabia is also looking at some growth. According to a recent report, Saudi Arabia’s entertainment and amusement market is expected to grow to over USD 1 billion by 2030, compared to a current value of about USD 24 million.

The PIF will also be backing two entertainment hubs located at mega-city Qiddiya and Riyadh.


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