Sporting and cultural facilities, as well as a theme park, are just the smaller parts of Saudi Arabia’s planned “entertainment city”.
The city is being built south of the capital, Riyadh, and covers 334 sq. km. Work is expected to commence in 2018, with the city to open by 2022.
The kingdom’s Public Investment Fund will be the main investor in the project, with other local and international investors also contributing to the project.
“This city will become, by God’s will, a prominent cultural landmark and an important centre for meeting the future generation’s recreational, cultural and social needs in the kingdom,” Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, deputy crown prince,said in a statement.
The move is part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, as it aims to reduce its dependence on oil and create more jobs for its younger citizens.
There have however been concerns about such a project will work in Saudi Arabia, where women are largely hindered socially and gender segregation occurs in public spaces.