The all-American park chain, Six Flags, announced that it has inked a deal to bring its coasters and other signature features to a park in Dubai. The Middle East Six Flags is slated to open in 2017 and would be part of a planned multi-park resort.
While Six Flags' announcement didn't reveal any specifics, it's likely that its U.A.E.-based partner in the project would be footing the bill for the park, and that Six Flags would be hired to lend its brand and industry expertise. The cash infusion should boost the Texas company's coffers and give it more working capital to invest in its North American parks. Six Flags says that it plans to explore other international opportunities.
The Six Flags empire used to include parks in Europe before the company became saddled with debt and shed many of its properties, including all of the ones outside North America. This isn't the first time the chain has floated a Dubai park project. About six years ago, there were grandiose plans to build an astonishing number of theme parks in the U.A.E., including Busch Gardens, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, DreamWorks Animation, and Warner Brothers, as well as Six Flags. The worldwide economic collapse halted all development with the notable exception of Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.
Photo: Will Dubai flip for Six Flags coasters? © Arthur Levine.