With its oil economy tanking, Saudi Arabia is searching for new ways to make money. Although the country is mostly desert, has a worldwide reputation for its ultra-conservatism and does not issue tourist visas to non-Muslims, the kingdom has settled on tourism as a focus for the future.
On Monday, that ambition got a lift when the chief executive of Six Flags Entertainment announced that his company, famed for its chain of theme parks, would be investing in Saudi Arabia.
Without giving any specifics, John Duffey said: “We’re very honored to be provided with an opportunity to enter into a partnership to bring Six Flags to the kingdom. … Our parks can provide the entertainment to which Saudis aspire.”