Qiddiya to open largest water theme park in the region

06 May 2024 Riyadh, KSA
  • Aquarabia is the first water theme park of its kind in Saudi Arabia
  • Destination to contribute to the country’s economic diversification and job opportunities
  • Entertainment, leisure and sports industry is one of PIF’s priority sectors, in line with Vision 2030

PIF-owned Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) has announced the launch of Aquarabia, the first water theme park of its kind in Saudi Arabia and the biggest in the region.


Located in Qiddiya City, southwest of Riyadh, Aquarabia will complement Six Flags Qiddiya City, the city’s flagship theme park and the first Six Flags park to be designed and built outside of North America. 


Abdullah Aldawood, Managing Director, Qiddiya Investment Company, said:


“This announcement marks a significant milestone for Qiddiya City and for the entertainment, tourism and sports sector. As we keep expanding our entertainment offering, Aquarabia and Six Flags Qiddiya City will fulfill the diverse entertainment needs of our community, contribute to the diversification of our economy and create job opportunities in the tourism sector.”





The QIC Board of Directors said, as part of the announcement, that Aquarabia will draw visitors from around the world with its 22 rides and family-friendly water-based experiences. 


As a new master-planned destination, Qiddiya City is focusing on integrating sustainability into every element of the development’s planning, construction, and operation phases. Examples include recycled water used in the water theme park’s irrigation and cooling, and thanks to specialized filters, energy consumption will be minimized and water waste will be reduced by up to 90%; while Six Flags Qiddiya City aims to recycle operational waste targeting more than 80% diversion from landfill.


With the entertainment, leisure and sports industry being one of PIF’s 13 strategic sectors for investment, in line with Saudi Vision 2030’s target of creating a more vibrant society where everyone enjoys a rich, fulfilling life, the latest announcement also reflects the Fund’s support of innovation, sustainability and boosting job opportunities. With a projected total of 10,000 direct and indirect jobs created, Aquarabia and Six Flags Qiddiya City will significantly contribute to Saudi Arabia’s economic diversification and GDP targets.






Both parks are currently under construction and are set to be completed by 2025, with the official opening date to be communicated. 


The unveiling of Aquarabia follows the announcement of many entertainment, sports, and cultural attractions in Qiddiya City, including the world’s first multi-use Gaming and Esports District, the multi-sports Prince Mohammed bin Salman Stadium, a motorsport track and the Dragon Ball theme park.