Gulf Arab investors in talks to build Disney park in Bahrain

Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2007 10:13 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Gulf Arab investors, including billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, are in talks to build a 3 billion dinar ($7.96 billion) Disneyland theme park in Bahrain, a newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing an unnamed source.

Read more from Reuters.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007 10:16 AM
I have to say that the Middle East is becoming more touristy every year. Have you seen the video from that golf tournament in Dubai? Amazing what money can do to desert.
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Tuesday, February 6, 2007 11:15 AM
That Prince is actually the guy who saved Euro Disney from bankrupcy back in the 90's and he owns something like 10% of the Euro Disney shares. He already has ties to Disney and so, this could be promising.*** This post was edited by Absimilliard 2/6/2007 11:16:17 AM ***
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Tuesday, February 6, 2007 11:43 AM
Can they pull off cultural differences though? I would think that the nuances of Chinese culture would be easy compared to the primarily Muslim Middle East culture.
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Tuesday, February 6, 2007 1:57 PM
You mean like putting Minnie and Daisy in a burka? ;)

Money+desert=Disneyland Anaheim. ;)

*** This post was edited by janfrederick 2/6/2007 1:57:41 PM ***

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Tuesday, February 6, 2007 3:17 PM
I actually was over there for a couple months a year ago. I only flew in and out of Bahrain, but from the people I talked to they said Bahrain was like the Vegas of the Middle East.

You are right Jeff about the money thing. These guys are loaded! The malls over there are unbelievable. If they want to build something it won't be the cost that stops them.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2007 1:52 AM
Dont forget foriegn money finally let the Imagineers get Burbank and Wallstreet off thier back and give us DisneySea.
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Wednesday, February 7, 2007 3:32 PM
I wouldn't mind trying the indoor skiing place in Dubai. Amazing.
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