Disney Theme Park in Middle East
Bahrain will be the latest addition after Hong Kong soon. If this materializes, the park will definitely be the best, I bet, coz I know, the Arab will always strive to be ‘numero uno’. The Hong Kong Disney Theme park though being the latest theme park is said to be kinda small, as it doesn’t have the Frontieland, one you can see in Disney theme park elsewhere (Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Frontierland).
If you are into this Disney Theme Park thingy, just hang on there…
Bahrain may soon decide on setting up Disney Theme Park, GulfNews, 7 Feb 2007
Manama : Bahrain is planning to build a Disney theme park, the first in a Muslim country, sources said yesterday. “Talks with government officials have been going on for about two years, but there is growing confidence now that an agreement will be reached soon and work on the project will start this year,” sources told Gulf News.
The Disney theme park may be built at an expected cost of about $8 billion, most likely near Durrat Al Bahrain, a luxury resort being built in the southern tip of the kingdom. “There is growing interest in Bahrain because it is politically stable and financially attractive. The interest is also because the park will not compete with Disney parks in Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo,” the sources said.
The proposal to build a Disney theme park was prompted by the lack of large-scale entertainment venues in the Arab world and the new travel patterns that emerged after the September 11 attacks. “Fewer Middle East and Gulf nationals now travel to Europe and the US, which means that by building Bahrain Disney, there is an outstanding opportunity to expand tourist attractions and bring more families from the region to Bahrain,” the sources said.