The world’s first Dragon Ball Z theme park is being constructed in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia recently announced plans to build a Dragon Ball Z theme park as part of their Qiddiya project. The 5.3 million square foot entertainment venue in Riyadh will feature seven areas inspired by the original Japanese anime television series, including over 30 themed rides, hotels, and restaurants. The park will have five “world first” rides, including a 230-foot-high roller coaster named Shenron after the series’ magical dragon.

The announcement of the theme park comes as Saudi Arabia has been investing heavily in video games and anime. Collaborations between Japan-based Toei Animation and MiSK, a foundation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, have resulted in new anime movies. In addition, the Saudi Public Investment Fund, a major shareholder in Nintendo, has shown interest in these industries.

Qiddiya aims to become a major tourist destination with over 400 specific attractions including golf courses, theme parks, and hotels. With plans to host millions of visitors annually, the city is part of the kingdom’s efforts to diversify its economy away from oil dependence. The Vision 2030 project, spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has set ambitious goals for tourism in Saudi Arabia, with a target of 150 million tourists by 2030.

At the 2019 Gamescom gaming trade fair in Cologne, Germany

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