Six Flags considering investment in Saudi Arabia

Posted Monday, June 20, 2016 10:43 AM | Contributed by Jeff

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.

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Monday, June 20, 2016 6:31 PM
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I think it would be better if they invested in the aging infrastructure of many of their properties in this country before adventuring into the middle east. I said the same thing about the US government, and look how that turned out.


"The term is 'amusement park.' An old Earth name for a place where people could go to see and do all sorts of fascinating things." -Spock, Stardate 3025

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Monday, June 20, 2016 6:44 PM

I doubt that Six Flags would have an ownership stake in Six Flags Over Saudi Arabia. Most likely a local entity would own it and pay Six Flags a licensing fee, similar to the proposed Six Flags parks in China and Dubai.

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Monday, June 20, 2016 7:06 PM

From here out we'll call it SFOSA.
And (for more than one good reason) I won't be going. Ever.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016 9:08 AM
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bjames said:

I think it would be better if they invested in the aging infrastructure of many of their properties in this country before adventuring into the middle east.

This is a terrible argument for anything, because it's predicated on the assertion that it's a binary decision.


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Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:21 PM
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Jeff said:

This is a terrible argument for anything, because it's predicated on the assertion that it's a binary decision.

Meh it was more joke than argument (I thought I was being clever...too clever I guess...). But if I must argue that point, Six Flags has tried with international properties in the past and they never seemed to get the business model quite right; it's not exactly the same thing as operating parks in the US. They would probably do best sticking with what they know.

Last edited by bjames, Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:22 PM

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